2017 Fearless Writing Workshop Sunday, October 8

Crescent Dragonwagon

Lake Writers & Poets present “An Afternoon with Crescent Dragonwagon: a fearless writing™ exploration” in Northwest Arkansas on October 8, 2017, at the Artist Retreat Center (ARC) in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

ARC, “where creativity comes to breathe”, is a beautiful, welcoming space, home to a variety of arts-related classes, courses, workshops, events, […]

Pitch Like a Pro to the Pros

 

Fayetteville Public Library Fri., Oct. 27, 10:00 am

Marilyn H. Collins is leading a workshop for True Lit Fest, Fayetteville Public Library, Friday, October 27, 11:00 am. The workshop will help seasoned as well as beginning writers to “pitch” their story ideas to agents and to publishers –the guys who actually represent or purchase […]

Village Writing School in Rogers Offers Workshops for Area Authors

The Village Writing School offers craft and informational workshops year round from their studio in Rogers, Arkansas. The twofold mission of the Village Writing School is to help beginning and established writers develop their craft and to foster a vibrant literary community in the Northwest Arkansas region.

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Fearless Writing with Crescent Dragonwagon October 8 Bella Vista, Arkansas

Long time favorite Crescent Dragonwagon presents Fearless Writing on Sunday, October 8 at the Artist Retreat, 13467 Lookout Drive, Bella Vista, Arkansas. She helps writers take pen in hand and write from confidence and fearlessly as hosted by Village Writers and Poets from 2:00pm – 5:00 pm. Early Bird sign-up is $99. Contact Joanie Barrett […]

New Flesh for Old Monsters: A Writing Workshop at FPL

Brad Carter

Got a taste for horror? Join Brad Carter with New Flesh for Old Monsters on July 22 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Henry Board Room at the Fayetteville Public Library. Workshop is free with registration required beginning May 1, 2017.

Horror as a genre carries a lot of clich baggage. Vampires, witches, zombies, demonstheyve all been done to death. However, there are still fresh approaches available to these genre tropes. From Bram Stokers Dracula to Max Brooks World War Z to Paul Tremblays A Head Full of Ghosts, horror writers have successfully experimented with narrative form to inject new life into tired monsters.

This free workshop will focus on stripping away clich, undermining audience expectations, and avoiding redundancy when writing about horror archetypes. Registration is required.

Brad Carter likes to put words together in interesting combinations. He is a product of the public school system in Arkansas, and he hopes that if he writes well enough his permanent record will be expunged. His 2013 novel (dis)Comfort Food was hailed by Publishers Weekly as an unsettling storywhere familiar ingredients bring unexpected results. In 2015, Library Journal recommended his novel Only Things as a strong addition to horror collections. His other novels include The Big Man of Barlow, Saturday Night of the Living Dead, and Barlow After Dark. His sixth novel and second child are both forthcoming in 2017. He lives in Northwest Arkansas.

Playwriting Master Class with Mona Mansour June 23 in Fayetteville

Playwriting Master Class with Mona Mansour

Friday, June 23, 2017 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm Walker Community Room Get On Your Feet, Get Out of Your Way and Write

Playwright Mona Mansour presents “Get On Your Feet, Get Out of Your Way and Write,” at 1:00 a.m. in June 23 in the Fayetteville Public Library. Mansour, […]

Ponies, Parentage and Promise: Writing the American Western from a Southern Skyline Writing Workshop

Thomas Eaton

Ponies, Parentage, and Promise: Writing the American Western from a Southern Skyline is presented by Thomas Eaton on May 17 at 4:00 pm in the Fayetteville Public Library, Henry Board Room. Registration is required; the workshop is free.

The American South and the American Westnot so different. The South knows its Great War; the West fought other wars. We will explore the connections between the southern soldier and the western pioneer, identify the enemy, and find the romance that exists in both cultures by looking at their respective landscapes and original value systems. In the process of reexamining the southern soldier and western pioneer, well develop new writing tools and explore different story-building techniques.

Thomas Eaton, a fourth-generation Wyoming native known for writing American Gothic Realism, focuses on the American West and rural America as it attempts to blend the past with the present. He has authored several short stories, including traditional western fiction in Rough Country, Showdown, The American West E-zine, and is author of Stories from Mission County. His latest work, Why I Cant Leave Shadyville Court will be released in 2017. He was recognized in the 2001 National William Faulkner Short Story Competition for his short story, Antelope, and a two-time award winner from Journeys Magazine for fiction. His western work includes four traditional western short stories, Nellie Parker Weeps to the Moon, Give the Devil a Daisy, Duel at Finger Rock, and The Zippo Man. Eaton has been named the fiction judge for the 2017 Wyoming Writers Conference. He resides in Little Rock during the academic year and on his family ranch in Wyoming during the summers. The four thousand acre ranch celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2016 under the same family brands.

The workshop is free; registration is required with online registration beginning May 1, 2017.

Write Western

Western Writers of America Annual Convention, June 21 – 24, Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO. Exciting that this conference is held so close to NWAR this year. Lots of time to explore the history of Kansas City including a tour of the Arabia Steamboat Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Sessions of […]

Raymona Anderson and Historical Fiction Techniques Unwrapped at Fayetteville Public Library

HISTORICAL FICTION TECHNIQUES UNWRAPPED: A How-to Workshop for Writers with Raymona Marie Anderson on March 15 at 3:00pm, Ann Henry Board Room, Fayetteville Public Library. Registration is required.

Historical fiction is defined as a story set in the past. This workshop offers techniques for keeping the story and characters focused without overwhelming the reader with the grand sweep of history. Carefully chosen period detailslanguage, technology, beliefs, clothingbring life to places, events, and people within the structure of the novel. Your characters are individuals with quirks, secret desires, and attitudes different from contemporary society. Workshop participants learn new techniques and review various writing elements to make their historical fiction come alive.

An Oklahoma native now living in Bentonville, Raymona Marie Anderson has written for publication for more than 40 years. She worked as a reporter, a stringer, and freelance writer for various weekly and daily newspapers while her feature and travel articles have appeared in numerous regionally and nationally circulated publications.

The author is active in the Writers Guild of Arkansas, Ozark Writers League, and, as a charter member, the Oklahoma Writers Federation. She conducts workshops and has acted as contest judge for fiction and non-fiction categories for OWFIs annual competition.

Two Hearts in Time, Andersons time travel historical novel set in Yucatn was released 2015 byThe Wild Rose Press. One of her two earlier historical novels, A Woman to Reckon With placed first in OWFIs unpublished novel category and is currently under revision for The Wild Rose Press.

Imagining Your Play: Community Playwriting Workshop with Lisa D’Amour

Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 4:30pm to 6:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library Walker Community Room Lisa D’Amour presents a playwright workshop.

Are you just beginning a play or half-way through and looking for inspiration? Do you have an idea, but can’t seem to get it started? This 90-minute workshop, designed to help you unlock […]