An Evening with David Bezmozgis at the Fayetteville Public Library

An Evening with David Bezmozgis presented by the The University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation and the Fayetteville Public Library,  part of the university’s 2015 Walton Reading Series, happens on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. David’s stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Harpers, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Walrus.

His first book, Natasha and Other Stories, was published in 2004 in the US and Canada and was subsequently translated into fifteen languages. Natasha was a New York Times Notable Book, one of the New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember for 2004, and an Top 10 Book for 2004. Natasha was nominated for the GuardianFirst Book Award (UK), the LA Times First Book Award (US), and the Governor General’s Award (Canada). It won the Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for First Book.

David has appeared at The New Yorker Festival, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, and the Luminato Festival. His work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, and the CBC, and his stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2005 & 2006.

In 2006, David was a screenwriting fellow at the Sundance Labs where he developed his first feature, Victoria Day. The film premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, had a theatrical release in Canada, and received a Genie Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

In the summer of 2010, David was included in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 issue, celebrating the twenty most promising fiction writers under the age of forty.

The Free World, David’s first novel, was published in 2011 in the U.S. Canada, the UK, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, Israel and Spain. It was a New York Times Notable Book for 2011 and a Globe and Mail Best Books Title for 2011. It was also shortlisted for the Scotiabank/Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, The Trillium Prize, and won the First Novel Award.

The Betrayers, his second novel, was published in the fall of 2014 and was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize.In 2015, David will release his second feature film, an adaptation of his short story Natasha.

Born in Riga, Latvia, David lives in Toronto. More about David at This event is free and open to the public. No ticket required.

Marilyn Collins at Fayetteville Public Library with Your Story, Their Story

Author Marilyn Collins will teach an interactive memoir writing workshop called Your Story, Their Story beginning February 4. Sessions for this writing series will help memoir writers, genealogists, and even budding fiction writers to capture those rich family stories and preserve the characters that make our families memorable.Participants will write a story for each session and share their work.

Session 1. Gather the Rascals, Gather the Saints. This session helps you select the folks you want to include in your book, focus on the core qualities and eccentricities of each—what makes them special, and decide where they fit in the family’s legacy. Learn to give depth to each person—make each truly memorable.

Session 2. Add Richness & Depth to Your Stories. Learn to effectively use dialogue, create memorable settings, and use the five senses to bring your stories to life for your readers. Gain the most from interviews/conversations/family reunions to give energy to your characters. Make the most of “place” by visiting (in your mind’s eye or in person) where your stories happened. Your readers perhaps never walked the family farm, played in a real barn loft, took the subway in a major city, or experienced travel in other countries. Bring readers to these special places through your words and descriptions.

Session 3. Organize and Structure Your Book.
Are you overwhelmed with boxes of research and photo files that keep you from writing? Use my Timeline Process for easily organizing your research into a workable approach for your book. You’ll learn to use this method to help visualize the entire book, readily see gaps in your research, and develop a personal writing schedule that fits you and matches your writing goals.

Session 4. Let’s Make a Book. Capitalizing on the pre-story and post-story sections of a book is often overlooked as the writer is so focused on the overall content. This session will help you make the most of the Preface, Introduction, Acknowledgments, Dedication—Appendix, Index, End Notes, and Author Page. You’ll also learn publishing options that you can handle and/or the process for seeking a publisher.

Class size is limited to 15 people. Registration is required. For more information, please contact the library at 479.856.725 or

Marilyn Collins draws her love of storytelling from her father. He spun tales of adventure as a young man seeking excitement by traveling west experiencing life as a rancher, gold miner, logger, playing bit parts in early movies, and eventually went to war for his country. Her mother’s books filled the house and large trunk in the attic stirring her curiosity and filling her mind with wondrous characters and places.

“I hate to see a good story lost,” says Collins. “My passion is to help others save their cherished stories before they are lost in time—personal memoirs, family stories, and local history. I make the organizing, researching, writing, and publishing practical and user-friendly through my Step-by-Step Writing Guides, online newsletter, blogs, and other helpful writing books.”
She is a frequent conference speaker and workshop leader for groups interested in writing history, narrative stories for genealogy research, regional magazines/special interest magazines, marketing, as well as offering general encouraging tips for writers. Collins is an award-winning author of history books, how-to books/ebooks for writers, and over 100 magazine articles and newspaper features.