Writing program a big hit

Thursday, July 26, 2012

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Carroll County residents demonstrated their passion for the written word at the kickoff of the Community Writing Program, which was hosted by the Writers' Colony Saturday.

Thirty-seven writers and aspiring writers from Berryville, Holiday Island, Eureka Springs, and parts in between and beyond gathered to learn about the new opportunities to hone their writing skills.

"I was blown away by the potential in the room," said Alison Taylor-Brown, who heads up the Community Writing Program, which will include affordable workshops, online instruction, a critiquing group, and available one-on-one coaching.

"We saw three people whose work is publishable now," Taylor-Brown said, "and they didn't even know it, having never tried to submit anything."

In afternoon one-on-one sessions, writers were given the opportunity to discuss their projects with an instructor.

"It was my goal for the day that everyone take away at least one piece of advice or resource to help them go forward," Taylor-Brown said. "We offered craft advice, publishing advice, or organizational advice, depending on the maturity of the project."

Local writers were joined by writers from as far away as Fort Smith, where the Community Writing Program plans a satellite program.

Attendees were enthusiastic.

"Saturday's Community Writing Program was excellent," exclaimed participant Tom Morin. "Material was presented well, and my two sessions with Mike got me on a writing roll. I've been on the keyboard for a lot of hours following up on his suggestions for rewrite. I assured him that I will be in his workshops when they come together. Thank you for making this program available."

"I plan on attending workshops and joining a critiquing group," said participant Steven Chain. "I found the one-on-one session in the afternoon with Alison very helpful, and I started analyzing the structure of a mystery that I just finished reading, one of Alison's suggestions. Thanks so much for starting this program."

Anyone who is interested but missed the Saturday event should not despair, organizers said. Workshops will be starting soon. For more information contact Taylor-Brown at or call 479 292-3665 to get your name on the workshop notification list.

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