Community Writing Program launches second year of workshops

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Community Writing Program of the Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow begins its second year of monthly writing workshops on Jan. 19.

These all-day workshops will be offered on Saturdays at Holiday Island and on Tuesdays in Eureka Springs. Anyone interested in writing is encouraged to attend.

Alison Taylor-Brown, who directs the program, urges anyone interested in writing to make 2013 the year you get serious about your writing dreams. "Whether it's a memoir for your grandchildren or a publishable manuscript, the Community Writing Program can help you take the next step," she says.

In order to better address the needs of the community, each Saturday workshop will also be repeated on Tuesday.

"So many Eureka residents work in tourist-based service and retail businesses, where Saturday is an important working day," Taylor-Brown said. "We wanted to offer the six-month workshop series, at least once, on a weekday, when more of these writers and aspiring writers can attend.

Beginning in 2013, the workshops will also be offered in surrounding communities, beginning with Holiday Island. "In the future, we plan to offer the series in Berryville, Huntsville, and Cassville, Missouri," explained Taylor-Brown.

The workshops will follow the same pattern as last year, but will be enhanced with additional material. Returning students can expect new and improved materials to further deepen their understanding of writing craft. Last year's students learned what makes good writing, how to begin their projects, how to craft a story, and tips on publication.

The workshops will be taught by Mike Hancock, who holds an MFA in Fiction. An Oklahoma writer who travels to Eureka to teach the workshops, Hancock also teaches creative writing for Southern New Hampshire University. His work has been published in various literary journals both in the U.S. and abroad, and he brings multiple years of teaching experience to the workshops.

Taylor-Brown assists with the workshops and coaches the program's Writing Circles. Taylor-Brown holds an MFA in fiction and has many years of teaching experience. She writes a regular column -- published in the Lovely County Citizen and Carroll County News, among others -- about writing inspiration and craft. Samples of her work can be found at

The Jan. 19 workshop will cover topics of concern in beginning a manuscript, such as planning and research. It will also focus on nine basic principles to be considered continually by the writer. Each student will receive individual coaching on how to begin his/project project.

The content of each workshop in the series is listed at CommunityWriting

In addition to the six writing craft modules, additional workshops are planned in 2013 in various genres of fiction. Poetry is taught on the second Sunday afternoon of each month ($25). Playwriting will be taught by local writer/actor Keith Scales in February. Cost for each all-day workshop is $45.

For more information on any of the workshops, or to register, contact Taylor-Brown at or 479 292-3665.

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