Workshop Off to Enthusiastic Start

With participants coming from as far away as Winslow and Russellville, the first-ever Writing for Publication 101 sponsored by the Writers’ Guild of Northwest Arkansas got off to an enthusiastic start last night (January 8, 2008) at the Harvey Jones Health Education Building in Springdale.


Barbara Youree described and illustrated the importance of the writer’s “hook” in grabbing the attention of reader and editor, and talked about the other elements of an article’s first paragraph.

M. J. Maddox gave an overview of markets for writers, how to find them, and the importance of following publishers’ guidelines before submitting a manuscript.

Participants went home with the assignment to begin a writing project, locate a potential market for it, and write a first paragraph for comment.

At the next session, January 15, Dr. Maddox will illustrate the mechanics of manuscript preparation. Guild member and screenwriter Denton Gay will examine the organization and structure of a writing project, the process of developing ideas, and the challenge of holding a reader’s attention.

Enrollment in the workshop is now closed. Writers new to publication who are interested in participating in Writing for Publication 101 at a later date may let us know at

Maeve Maddox writes about English usage and public education at Her most recent publication is The Fabergé Flute, a cozy mystery novel set in 1980s London.

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