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Writers’ Guild of Arkansas

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 cliché baggage. Vampires, witches, zombies, demons—they’ve all been done to death. However, there are still fresh approaches available to these genre tropes. From Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Max Brooks’ World War Z to Paul Tremblay’s 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 cliché, 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 Publisher’s Weekly as “an unsettling story…where 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.

Co-authors Tony Wappel and J.B. Hogan Book Signing at Nightbird Books, Fayetteville

Tony Wappel and J B Hogan will be at Nightbird Books to sign copies of their new book, The Square Book: An Illustrated History of the Fayetteville Square: 1828 – 2016, Saturday afternoon, June 24 between 1:00 – 3:00. The book features little known facts as well as photographs on the heart of Fayetteville known […]

A Brief History of Fayetteville, Arkansas with Charles Alison

Charlie Alison

Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00 pm the FPL Summer Author series with historian Charles Alison continues in the Walker Room. Alison will discuss his new book, A Brief History of Fayetteville, Arkansas, which discusses the pivotal details that have shaped Fayetteville’s evolution into one of Arkansas’s largest cities.

Charlie Alison has lived in Fayetteville since 1965, working as a journalist for the last 35 years. He is executive editor for the office of university relations at the University of Arkansas, where he edits the alumni magazine and the university’s catalog of studies, among other projects. He is a member of the Washington County Historical Society’s board of directors and editor of the society’s quarterly historical journal, Flashback. He is co-author with Ellen Compton of Images of America: Fayetteville, published by Arcadia Publishing.

Books will be available for sale and for signing following the event.

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, […]

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Author Nancy Hartney to Speak in Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Short story author of “If the Creek Don’t Rise: Tales from the South,” speaks at the Tahlequah Writers monthly meeting June 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Spider Gallery, Cherokee Arts Center. Nancy Hartney will discuss the use of regions and geography in storytelling.

“If the Creek Don’t Rise” is her second collection of short […]

Mountain Home Group Added to ArkWr Directory

Twin Lakes Writers added to ArkansasWriters Group Directory. […]

NFSPS Poetry Conference June 30—July 2, 2017, Fort Worth

For the first time in seven years, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies conference will be held in a southern city: Fort Worth, Texas: June 29-July 2, 2017. […]

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 West—not 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, we’ll 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 Can’t 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 Journey’s 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.

Calling Nonfiction Writers

2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference, May 26 – 27, Point Park Univ., Pittsburgh, PA. Looks like a great conference for nonfiction writers and those who love to write for magazines (like I do). The keynote is “The State of the American Magazine” led by editors from Esquire, Harper’s, the NY Times Magazine, the New Yorker, […]