2018 NW Writers Workshop Honors Dusty Richards

Velda Brotherton addresses participants at the 2018 NW Arkansas Writers Conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Nancy Hartney, June Jefferson, and Barbara Warren browse the books on offer at the 2018 NW Arkansas Writers Conference on March 10, 2018

Dusty Richards, Western writer, 1937-2018


The 2018 NW Writers Workshop held at Ozarks Electric in Fayetteville on March 10 focused on the life and work of Western writer Dusty Richards. Linda Apple and Velda Brotherton spoke on aspects of the writing craft, but the focus of the workshop was the legacy of Dusty Richards. Participants recalled the many generous acts of the prolific writer who found time to encourage others to pursue their writing goals.

2018 NW Arkansas Writers Workshop Fully Registered

The 2018 NW Arkansas Free Workshop is also a commemoration of the life and work of Dusty Richards. , […]

Still Time To Register for OWL Conference

The Ozark Writers’ League Conference begins this coming Friday, February 16, with an Open-Mike event from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Honeysuckle Inn and Conference Center in Branson, Missouri.

The keynote speaker is Tamera Hart Heiner, author of a young adult suspense series and a nonfiction book about the Joplin tornado. The name […]

Limited registration for free 2018 workshop in honor of Dusty Richards

Thirty-three years ago, in 1985, writers Dusty Richards and Velda Brotherton founded Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop.

Dusty Richards In Memoriam 1937—2018

The Workshop’s free writers’ conference got started about twelve years ago and will take place this year on March 10. Sadly, Dusty won’t be there in person, but he will be in spirit.


Poets Meeting February 3, 2018


POETS NORTHWEST will meet on Saturday, February 3 at the Springdale Library from 1—3 p.m. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in writing poetry.

Dusty Richards 1937—2018

Dusty Richards 1937-2018

The Arkansas writing community lost a legend on January 18, 2018.

Dusty Richards, author of numerous books about the West, died a week after Pat Richards, his wife of 57 years. They died of injuries received in a catastrophic car accident in December.

Richards came late to fiction writing, publishing his […]

Linda Apple Workshop January 20, 2018

Linda Apple


Linda Apple will present a workshop called “Writing from your Soul” on Saturday, January 20, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Village Writing School, Rogers.

During the morning session, “From Any Worldview”, participants will learn what inspirational writing is, what it isn’t, how to find their story, and […]

Zan Jarvis To Speak at Fayetteville Library 14 January 2018

Fourteen-year old River gets a message from the Spirit World that she must recover “lost treasure.” […]

Deadline January 8 Egen Competition

JANUARY 8, 2018

A reminder to Arkansas poets and fiction writers that the deadline for the Maureen Egen competition sponsored by Poets&Writers magazine is upon us.

Take that final look at your work and get your manuscripts in the mail before January 8, 2018.

Everything you need to know about submitting


Plan Now for Red Sneaker Conference 2018

A few of the speakers lined up for the 2018 Red Sneakers Conference.

If you are thinking of attending the Red Sneaker Conference in Oklahoma City, August 31—September 3, 2018, now’s the time to register.

Until the end of December, early birds will save $100 off the registration fee.

Some conference details are still […]