Ozarks Writers League November 2017 Missouri Conference

November 17-19, 2017 Ozarks Writers League Conference meets at the Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center Branson, Missouri (www.OzarksWritersLeague.com) with a theme of Putting the Creative in Your Writing.

Conference begins Friday Night 7:00 – 8:30 with the Annual Writing Contest Awards Banquet. Purchase your banquet tickets at website www.ozarkswritersleague.com.

On Saturday, the conference continues […]

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 http://fplwebapps.faylib.org/events/event_registration/register.asp?event_id=423 or by calling 479.856.7250.

Writing Killer Mysteries with Dr. Edward A. Allen

NorthWest Arkansas Community College offers a writing class in Bella Vista with Dr. Edward A. Allen February 20 to April 10. How to Write Killer Mysteries will guide the participant through strategies of writing a good mystery, inventing characters,, adopting authentic point of view, finding voice, and strategies for plotting. Dr. Allen is the author […]

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 http://www.faylib.org/content/your-story-their-story-writing-workshop.

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.