Decisions, Decisions

Writers in this area have a choice of two well-known, overlapping conferences. Both have sessions that appeal to me. Check out OK Writers Federation Conference 2017,  May 4 – 6, Embassy Suites, Oklahoma City, OK ( ). Variety of workshops with a special two-session block for Scrivener Boot Camp led by Jason Hough. Also the Missouri Writers Guild Conference, May 5 – 7, Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, MO ( . Opportunity to have a one-on-one with speakers and faculty. Lots of workshops–of special appeal to me, “Writing Historical Fiction” led by Nicole Evelina. The Calendar lists workshops, conference, and events for writers throughout the year.

New Literary Journal at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville

The Arkansas International, a new literary journal produced by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Translation at The University of Arkansas, issues an invitation to their launch party. AI, a local literary magazine with global aspirations, is proud to feature writers from around the world in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation, […]

Beth Stockdell Plays for True Lit 2016 Fayetteville Festival

Harpist Beth Stockdell plays a solo acoustic lever harp in the main lobby at the Fayetteville Public Library, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Sunday, October 23. Stockdell is a lifelong artist working in photography, stained glass, and multimedia painting. She began playing harp in 2003 and, since that time, has played harp coast to coast.

The music, presented in the library lobby, is free and open to the public. Also, the Montesori Art Wall continues on view.

Pickin’ Post After Hours Concert with Hawg Grass at FPL

Fayetteville Public Library and Pickin’ Post radio show Mike Shirkey will host the Grass Hawgs, Friday, October 7 at 7:30pm in the Walker Community Room.
Enjoy the bluegrass sounds of Ron Pennington and the Grass Hawgs.
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. The public is invited to this rousing footstomping and pickin’.

Fayetteville 2016 True Lit Festival Celebrates Reading and Writing

True Lit: Fayetteville’s Literary Festival will be held Monday, October 17, through Thursday October 27 this fall. The literary festival in its third year, will offer a variety of events, including author talks, writing workshops, and more. True Lit is sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville Education Foundation, Fayetteville Montessori School, and the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation.

The festival organizers are proud to host award-winning children’s and young adult author Louis Sachar as the headliner for the festival this year. Sachar is best known for the Wayside School series and Holes, winner of both a Newbery Medal and a National Book Award.

Full schedule is available at

Soccer Under the Swastika Presented October 9 in Fayetteville

Soccer under the Swastika: Survival in Hitler’s Death Camps is presented Sunday, October 9 at 2:00pm. Stories of survival and resistance during wartime, drawn from a book by Dr. Kevin Simpson, professor of psychology at John Brown University, are presented and sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas, Arkansas Holocaust Education Committee, and the Arkansas Humanities Council. These accounts of survival and resistance challenge what you already know about World War II.

Contact for further information.

The program is free and open to the public; held in the Fayetteville Public Library, Walker Room, October 9.

Try FPL: Heartfulness Meditation

Try FPL series continues with Heartfulness Meditation on October 4, 6:30p at the Fayetteville Public Library. Amita Rathore guides this meditation process. Registration is required, you must be 16 years of age or older.

Heartfulness Meditation offers a simple and practical way to learn relaxation and heart-based meditation. The benefits of this practice […]

T2 Artist Forum with Director Michael Landman in Fayetteville

At 6:00 o’clock, October 4, in the Fayetteville Public Library, Ozarks at Large host Kyle Kellams at the Fayetteville Public Library has an intimate conversation with the director and cast of TheatreSquared’s I and You, a “sharp, fresh and funny new play about the existential crisis of being an almost-adult.” The play runs October […]

David McCombs Poetry Reading at Fayetteville Public Library

Sunday, October 2 at 2pm in the Fayetteville Public Library Davis McCombs presents his new poetry book, lore. This collection won the Agha Shahid Ali Prize from the University of Utah Press.

“Drawn from the rich folk traditions of his native Mammoth Cave region in Kentucky as well as the folklore of his adopted […]

FPL 2nd Sunday Local Author Series with Zan Jarvis

September 2nd Sunday local author Zan Jarvis for a presentation of her first novel “River and the Lost” in the Fayetteville Public Library’s Walker Room September 9 at 2:00 pm.

Fourteen-year old River gets a message from the Spirit World that she must recover lost “treasure”.  Without knowing what she seeks, she embarks on a journey into an unknown realm. As the tale unfolds, River finds she is the only hope for energizing the ancient birthright-power of all things female and restoring wholeness to our natural world.

Zan has written everything from advertising copy and radio newscasts to magazine articles and sports coverage. In Fayetteville, her byline has appeared in the Free Weekly and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. She has produced features for the Ozark at Large radio show on KUAF. Jarvis has been a Fayetteville resident since 1978.

After her lecture books will be available for sales and signing.