Writing the Short Story: A Workshop, Nov. 4, Village Writing School, Rogers

Nancy Hartney

Nancy Hartney, author of two collections of short stories, will offer a three-hour workshop on the five essential steps of short-story writing.

As any writer knows who tried writing both, writing a short story differs from writing a novel. Hartney will offer concrete tips for dealing with techniques specific to the shorter […]

True Lit: Fayetteville’s Literary Festival Arrives October 22-29

True Lit: Fayetteville’s Literary Festival will be held from October 22 – 29. Featuring a variety of author talks, writing workshops, readings and other literary events for a variety of age groups, the festival celebrates the written word in all its forms.

Featured speakers for this year’s festival include James Dashner, author of the Maze […]

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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Writers Meet In Eureka Springs October 12-14, 2017

W. Michael and Kathleen Greer

The annual Ozark Creative Writers meet in Eureka Springs at the Inn of the Ozarks from noon October 12 through October 14. Anthropologists and authors Michael and Kathleen Greer keynote on Friday, October 13 in the morning with breakout sessions led by Johnny Boggs, Max McCoy, Linda Apple, Dusty […]

Ozarks Writers League Meets November 17-18, Branson, Missouri

The quarterly Ozarks Writers League conference, November 17-18, is greared toward education and current market information from agents, editors, and authors. Friday night, November 17, the open-mike reading and dinner with friends happens. Saturday, November 18 keynote speakers and results of the annual writing contests will be announced.

Meeting events take place at the Honeysuckle […]

Ozarks Writers League Conference August 18-19 in Missouri

The Ozarks Writers League fall conference is planned in Branson, Missouri for August 18-19, 2017 at the Honeysuckle Inn. The conference begins the evening of August 18 with open-mike readings, dinner, and networking. August 19 is a full day of panel discussions, industry presentations, book tables/book sales, craft talks, and lunch.

Agent Gina Panettieri, Talcott […]

Ozark Poets and Writers Meet July 25 with Gerry Sloan in Fayetteville

The Ozark Poets and Writers Collective presents poet Gerry Sloan reading from his newly released book, Crossing: A Memoir in Verse, on July 25, 2017 at 7:00pm, Nightbird Books, 205 Dickson Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas. This work includes over a hundred poetic, literary and photographic insights and reminiscences of life in rural mid-America.

The reading, free […]

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, […]

Pickin’ Post Mike Shirkey Hosts John McCutchins

Pickin’ Post radio show Mike Shirkey will host John McCutcheon, Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library. The Washington Post described John as folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man,” a moniker flawed only by its understatement.

“Calling John McCutcheon a ‘folksinger’ is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player…” (Dallas Morning News). John is a whirlwind of energy packing five lifetimes into one. In the past few years alone he has headlined over a dozen different festivals in North America (including repeated performances at the National Storytelling Festival), recorded an original composition for Virginia Public Television involving over 500 musicians, toured Australia for the sixth time, toured Chile in support of a women’s health initiative, appeared in a Woody Guthrie tribute concert in New York City, gave a featured concert at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, taught performance art skills at a North Carolina college, given symphony pops concerts across America, served as President of the fastest-growing Local in the Musicians Union and performed a special concert at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This is all in his “spare time.” His “real job,” he’s quick to point out, is father to two grown sons.

But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. It is what has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as “little feats of magic,” “breathtaking in their ease and grace…,” and “like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.” Learn more about John McCutcheon’s at http://www.folkmusic.com/

Due to increased demand for this event, registration is requested. Tickets for this after hours event are $20 and available for purchase at the event. Doors open at 6:30pm and music is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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Pickin’ Post from Mike Shirkey with Steve Davison and Ken Bonfield

Pickin’ Post radio show host Mike Shirkey presents Steve Davison with Ken Bonfield in concert, Friday, October 21 at 7:30pm in the Walker Community Room of the Fayetteville Public Library.

On this musical evening, Davison and Bonfield will play solos and duets while on stage together. Expect music far ranging, from Celtic to Classical, including Blues, Folk, Country, and some good ol’ Travis thumbstyle fingerpicking. The music will be played on some amazing instruments – Bonfield’s Alan Carruth 11-string harp guitar, high-string, and baritone guitar and Davison’s Tony Yamamoto 12-string and his Sheldon Schwartz Oracle.

Steve Davison is a finger style guitarist who composes on both the 6 and 12 string guitar. An aging hipster, his musical career started at age 12 playing the drums in a multitude of rock and roll bands. At the tender age of 19 he saw a performance on solo acoustic guitar in Denton, Texas by a performer named Thom Ward (who he would really like to locate!) that changed his life. He put down the sticks and picked up the guitar and started a life long journey of discovery. His compositions are built around simple melodic structures and focus on the intimate qualities of the wooden guitar and the tonal possibilities of alternate tunings that give the guitar such an extraordinary range. His influences range from the jazz piano stylings of Claudia Burson (who taught him what was musical and what wasn’t) to the work of fingerstyle guitarists such as Leo Kotke, Ed Gerhard, Ken Bonfield, Peter Janson and Stephen Bennett.

Steve is a 2 time finalist and 2005 winner of the solo competition at the Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival and a finalist in the 2009 Merle Travis Fingerstyle Competition and the winner of the 2016 Merle Travis Fingerstyle Competition in the contemporary part of the competition. Mr. Davison was a featured performer on Arkansas Educational Network Television’s “AETN Presents” broadcast and his music was also used as a soundtrack for another AETN production, “The Historic Bridges of Arkansas”.

Fingerstyle Guitarist Ken Bonfield has performed throughout the United States for more than 20 years. Based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Bonfield is a regular at guitar festivals, concert series, and acoustic venues across North America, and has released seven albums. His latest, Legacy, is a solo effort that focuses on harp and baritone guitars, with several new arrangements of original tunes Bonfield recorded on earlier albums. Although he came out of the 1960’s folk tradition, Bonfield was closely associated with new-age music in the mid 90’s. Today his sophisticated Americana compositions feature a solid dose of Celtic, jazz, and traditional folk influences that might best be described as American Baroque.

Tickets for this after hours event are $15 and available for purchase at the event. Doors open at 6:30pm and music is set to begin at 7:30pm.