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, […]

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.

Write Western

Western Writers of America Annual Convention, June 21 – 24, Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO. Exciting that this conference is held so close to NWAR this year. Lots of time to explore the history of Kansas City including a tour of the Arabia Steamboat Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Sessions of […]

Raymona Anderson and Historical Fiction Techniques Unwrapped at Fayetteville Public Library

HISTORICAL FICTION TECHNIQUES UNWRAPPED: A How-to Workshop for Writers with Raymona Marie Anderson on March 15 at 3:00pm, Ann Henry Board Room, Fayetteville Public Library. Registration is required.

Historical fiction is defined as a story set in the past. This workshop offers techniques for keeping the story and characters focused without overwhelming the reader with the grand sweep of history. Carefully chosen period details—language, technology, beliefs, clothing—bring life to places, events, and people within the structure of the novel. Your characters are individuals with quirks, secret desires, and attitudes different from contemporary society. Workshop participants learn new techniques and review various writing elements to make their historical fiction come alive.

An Oklahoma native now living in Bentonville, Raymona Marie Anderson has written for publication for more than 40 years. She worked as a reporter, a stringer, and freelance writer for various weekly and daily newspapers while her feature and travel articles have appeared in numerous regionally and nationally circulated publications.

The author is active in the Writers’ Guild of Arkansas, Ozark Writers’ League, and, as a charter member, the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation. She conducts workshops and has acted as contest judge for fiction and non-fiction categories for OWFI’s annual competition.

Two Hearts in Time, Anderson’s time travel historical novel set in Yucatán was released 2015 byThe Wild Rose Press. One of her two earlier historical novels, A Woman to Reckon With placed first in OWFI’s unpublished novel category and is currently under revision for The Wild Rose Press.

Imagining Your Play: Community Playwriting Workshop with Lisa D’Amour

Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 4:30pm to 6:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library Walker Community Room Lisa D’Amour presents a playwright workshop.

Are you just beginning a play or half-way through and looking for inspiration? Do you have an idea, but can’t seem to get it started? This 90-minute workshop, designed to help you unlock […]

Playwriting Class at Fayetteville Library December 7, 2016

Theater Squared offers a playwriting master class and an Artist Forum on December 7 at 4:30 pm-6:00pm and 6:30pm-7:30 pm respectively for a full evening at the Fayetteville Public Library (AR).

Adapting a literary classic for stage can be daunting…but also fun. Live theatre and prose fiction work under radically different principles. What are the […]

Great Expectations Master Class Scheduled at FPL in December

Novelist, playwright, and TheatreSquared artistic director, Robert Ford, adapted Dickens’ Great Expectations for T2’s current production. A Master Class how-to happens at the Fayetteville Public Library, December 7 at 4:30pm in the Walker Room.

Adapting a literary classic for stage can be daunting…but also ridiculously fun. Live theatre and prose fiction work under radically different […]

True Lit: Narrative Nonfiction, Facts into Story with Linda Leavell

Linda Leavell

True Lit Festival 2016 Narrative Nonfiction, Facts into Story with Linda Leavell happens on October 19 from 3:00pm- 5:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library Ann Henry Board Room.

How do authors of narrative nonfiction, such as Erik Larson and Laura Hillenbrand, stay true to the facts and still write a story that “reads like a novel”? Participants in this workshop will examine some examples and then try their hand at turning facts from a personal letter into a scene. For this session, you will need writing materials and to bring a letter (a photocopy is fine) from a family member or from a famous or historical person. Something should happen in the letter in a definite place and time. If you have photographs to accompany the letter, so much the better. The workshop is free; registration required

Linda Leavell (pronounced level) received her early education in Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; and Waco, Texas. For two years she attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She earned a BA in English and philosophy from Baylor University and a doctorate in English from Rice University. She began her academic career at Rhodes College and then taught American literature at Oklahoma State University for twenty-four years.

In parallel with her academic career, Leavell worked for fourteen years researching and writing Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013). She received support for the project from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the American Philosophical Society, and the Center for Humanities at Oregon State University.
Leavell retired from her academic career in 2010 and moved with her husband to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she writes full time and volunteers as an art museum guide. Her current project, under contract with FSG, is a group biography of the Stieglitz circle.

Registration happens Monday, October 3, 2016 – 9:00am to Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 5:00pm at or by calling 479.856.7250.

May Writing Workshop with Recipes from the Heart at FPL

Fayetteville Public Library presents a writing workshop, Recipes From the Heart:  Documenting Family Stories Through Our Links with Food on Saturday, May 10 at 1:00pm in the Walker Room, Main Library.

This writing workshop explores the powerful connections we make over food.  Many of our strongest family memories will center around holiday dinners, picnics, or special dining experiences. Ties to friends over tailgating, wine tasting, and outdoor barbeque events improve with food. This workshop will show you the best ways to capture those memories and recipes in writing, so you can share them with family, friends, and future generations.

Workshop leader, Chef Suzie Stephens, a renowned cookbook author and owner of Nibbles, has served up savory food for thirty years. She credits her mother and Julia Child for her cooking inspiration. She received her teaching certificate from University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and later received a stocks/sauces qualification from Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris and a C.E.C. (certified chef) designation from the American Culinary Federation. Her new cookbook in-progress captures a family history of recipes and memories.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, funded by your 1/8 cent conservation tax, Amendment 75. The workshop is free and open to the public; no registration requested.

Denver Professor Offers Essay Workshop at September 5, 2013

Doug Hesse

Creative nonfiction veteran Doug Hesse will offer an evening workshop on essay writing September 5, 2013 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library. He will focus on strategies that skilled writers of personal essays and short memoirs use to make their writing compelling to others.

Hesse is the founding Executive Director […]