AUGUST 17, 2015
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Who Are You?   Who Are You On Line?

Find your true identity and learn to project it.
Branding Workshop 
Jackie Wolven

Saturday, August 22

9 am - 2 pm

1400 SE Walton Blvd., Bentonville, AR

For more information or to Register for Branding

   O G H M A    
Week at Writers' Night Out

Our guest speaker in both Rogers/Bentonville and in Eureka Springs will be
Casey Cowan, President
Oghma Creative Media
a publishing company with a unique
vision & marketing approach

Come hear how Oghma is solving some of the biggest problems that small press authors face. And, they are always looking for good stories!
You may be the next Oghma author!

Tuesday, August 18

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Panera Bread
1320 SE Walton Blvd
Eureka Springs

Thursday, August 20

5:00 p.m.

Village Writing School
177 Huntsville Road
Eureka Springs
Note Change in Date to Sept 19!
   Marian Szczepanski Returns!

Next month we welcome back one of our favorite presenters, Marian Szczepanski, author of Playing St. Barbara.

On September 19, Marian will teach us how to

Make the Most of a Moment.

Many writers, especially beginners, lose the

opportunity for powerful writing because they fail to


Coming Next - On Oct 3, Marian will share her successful journey in

DIY Book Promotion.

Meanwhile, read her latest guest post here.
From the Assistant to the Director
Jessie Rex


Recently, one of my life coaching clients was struggling with negative thoughts. As we spoke, he realized that he kept connecting his current struggles to his past, to old issues he hasn’t worked through.
“He who doesn’t look ahead, remains behind.” 
-- Proverbs

We concluded that although his history and his upbringing are a huge part of who he is today, they do not determine his future. What determines his future are the choices he makes today. What he chooses to think about, do in action, and the words he speaks shape his future.

The choices we make today will shape our future lives as authors.

Many of us have painful writing histories. We've received multiple rejections, failed to find an agent or publisher, been shredded by an editor we hired, or humiliated in a critique group. How we've handled those experiences have shaped us into the writers we’ve become.

You have the choice to use the rejections, the shredding, and the humiliations as valuable learning experiences that move you closer to your goal. They are like science experiments. You know better what you want when you learn what doesn't work

Think back about what you've learned from your past experiences.

Now--more importantly--
choose to do some things differently. Choose actions that will propel you forward to become a better writer today.

Just as my client had to
choose to stop looking back and using those experiences as excuses for not moving ahead, you as a writer need to focus on what choices you can make today to shape and spark your future, rather than dwelling on what isn't working or using the past as an excuse to not move forward.

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.”  
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Village Writers ~~ Stronger & Better Together
More Information About Upcoming Workshops

Jackie's PLATFORM  Tip

I'm hacking my Pinterest account for growth and it's working. 

Learn How

Are You Following Me on Pinterest?

You totally should be. That is where I store all of the research and ideas I have for marketing, branding, email marketing, simple living and leadership. Join me on Pinterest!

Find out more about Jackie here.

Find out more about her platform workshop series here.


In the Dark about the Ellipsis?

No, we’re not talking about an
eclipse of the sun.

We’re discussing the ellipsis, the use of three evenly spaced dots (ellipsis points) to indicate that words have been omitted from a quote.

Here’s how it works: “No man is an island … therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

John Dunne said a lot more in that poem, but this gets us right to the point. Always insert a space between letters and the dots in a mid-quote ellipsis—
at both ends.

A Word About Punctuation
A period appears at the end of a complete sentence. If an omission of words follows this complete sentence, three ellipsis points are added right after the punctuation, making (in the case of the period) four evenly space dots in a row ( . . . . ). Any other type of punctuation (commas, semi-colons, question marks or exclamation points) may precede or follow the three, but not the four, dots.
See CMS: Ellipses, Paragraphs 13.48 and 13.51. 
About Next Week’s Column
The three-dot symbol known as “ellipsis points” is really a fast change artist. In the blink of an eye, the three dots can transform themselves into “suspension points.” Suspension points are identical twins to ellipsis points, but they serve a very different purpose. This is an important distinction for any writer who inserts dialogue into his work. Visit us next week for the rest of the story!

Each week, our Merry Grammarian will share one pithy grammar or style rule based on The Chicago Manual of Style, the Bible of the book publishing industry, and other sources. Learn each week’s rule and gain confidence that your manuscript won’t be rejected because of sloppy word usage or style. 
   Pub Ops On Writing     
Something for our Christian writers.
Ellechor Publishing House is looking for

Christian fiction and nonfiction.
   B o o k s On Writing        In Our Library
Plot: How to Build Short Stories and Novels
by Ansen Dibell

-- Nancy Harris, VWS Librarian
   W e b  On Writing    

Pinterest: Websites & Apps for Writers
Lots to browse here. Set your timer for 15 minutes!
   Q u o t e s On Writing     
“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. . . . It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
—Enid Bagnold
Meet a Village Writer - Shiva Shanti

Shiva Shanti has been a Village Writer almost as long as we have been a village. He has taken workshops and is a regular at Writers' Night Out, where he 
has taught us some interesting things about the power of sound.

He's also a key member in a memoir writing circle, where he is developing a memoir from his
 career experiences in helping to shape the sound of rock and roll.

Eureka Springs
Maumelle/Little Rock
The Village Writing School will be participating in this year's

Fri Aug. 28 & Sat Aug. 29 

Frisco Park

Located in Downtown Rogers
near the Train Depot  

The festival features live music, delicious food and ice-cold beverages, along with arts and crafts, carnival rides, children’s activities and a 5K walk/run.

If you would like to sign up to take a turn at our booth in front of Trolley Line Books, email Alison. And be sure to stop by our table and say hello! 

For more details on the festival, visit Frisco Fest 31

Representatives from Turpentine Creek and other nonprofits learned Mike McIntyre's POWER Proposal system for funding proposals. The Village Writing School's Development Team attended and we're excited to implement Mike's approach.

October 8 -10 
The Village Writing School will be well represented on October 8-10 at the
Ozark Creative Writers Conference
Alison Taylor-Brown and Tom Eaton, our Maumelle Associate Director,
will be featured speakers 

For more information on the OCW, click HERE.

Entries for the conference contest must be postmarked by September 1. 

For guidelines and categories click HERE.

Go Jackie!!

Last Saturday, our platform instructor Jacqueline Wolven spoke to the Junior League All Arkansas Conference on Crafting Your Pitch to Tell Your Organization's Story.

Jackie is helping these organizations learn to get the word out about what they stand for, just like she helps us, as writers, get the word out about what we're all about. 
Support the Village Writing School
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If you need help or have any questions, email Jessie HERE

August 18, Tue - WNO Bentonville -  6:30 PM Panera Bread (Rogers/Bentonville)

August 20, Thu - Writers' Night Out - 5 PM (Eureka Springs)

August 22, Sat - Branding - 9 AM (Rogers/Bentonville)

August 28-29, Fri, Sat - Frisco Festival 31 -  (Main Street, Rogers)

September 1, Tue - WNO Bentonville -  6:30 PM Panera Bread 

September 5, Sat - Self-Editing - 10 AM (Rogers/Bentonville)

September 12, Sat - Platform - 9 AM (Rogers/Bentonville)

September 19, Sat - Marian Szczepanski, Make the Most of a Moment - 9 - 12 (optional one-on-one session in the afternoon)  (Eureka Springs)

October 3, Sat - Marian Szczepanski, Embracing Shameless Self-Promotion - 10 AM (Rogers/Bentonville)
Complete Schedule, Info, & Registration for Any Workshop

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is to foster a vibrant literary community in Arkansas and
to provide resources for ALL writers who seek to improve their craft

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