Arkansas author Gwen Ford Faulkenberry to speak to Village Writers

Arkansas author Gwen Ford Faulkenberry will address “The Write Stuff: What it Takes to Tell Your Story and Get it Published” at the Village Writers’ Club on Monday, March 26, at the Home Plate Café, 5110 North Highway 7, Hot Springs Village.

In her presentation about the business of book publishing, Faulkenberry will address the need for an agent, proposal writing, and other questions about breaking into the publishing business. She is the author of two novels, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado, and Love Finds You in Branson, Missouri, and three devotional books, A Beautiful Life, A Beautiful Day, and Jesus, Be Near Me.

Faulkenberry lives and writes in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.  She is married to Stone, and they have four children—Grace, Harper, Adelaide, and Stella. In addition to mothering and writing, Gwen teaches English at Arkansas Tech University, Ozark Campus.

At the March 26 meeting, Village Writers’ Club members and guests will enjoy an informal read-around at 11:15 a.m., a “Dutch treat” lunch ($8) at noon, followed by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry’s program.

For reservations (required), contact Joyce Anderson, (501) 922-9077. For more information, check out Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club online at http://www.villagewritersclub.com.

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Janis Kearney, former diarist to President Clinton, featured at Hot Springs Village Writers’ Workshop

Janis Kearny, former diarist to President Clinton, featured at HSV Writer’s Workshop

Janis F. Kearney, publisher, author, educator and literacy advocate, will present “Preparing, Pitching, Publishing & Promoting: How to Take Your Manuscript from A to Z”  at the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Workshop  on Saturday, March 17 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), at the Coronado Community Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

Kearney, born one of 19 children to sharecroppers in the Arkansas Delta, served as Personal Diarist to President Clinton and as White House liaison to the U.S. National Archive’s presidential records office, helping collect and maintain Presidential records for future presidential library.

Kearney founded a publishing company and received numerous awards. She has also written several books, including her award-winning first book, Cotton Field of Dreams: A Memoir; an autobiography, Quiet Guys Do Great Things, Too (as told by Frank Ross); and Conversations: William Jefferson Clinton…from Hope to Harlem, an oral biography centered around President Clinton’s presidency and legacy. Her most recent books include, Once Upon a Time There was a Girl: a Murder at Mobile Bay and Something to Write Home About: Memories from a Presidential Diarist.

Kearney’s interactive and information-packed workshop on March 17, sponsored by the Village Writers’ Club, will offer hands-on advice for writers about writers’ markets, queries, agents, publishers, marketing, alternative publishing venues, and more.

Pre-registration for the Village Writers’ Workshop with Janis Kearney is $35 (workshop only), plus $10 for lunch (optional). If space permits, registrations will be accepted at the door for $40, but lunch reservations cannot be guaranteed for late registrants. Registration for the workshop begins at 8:30 a.m., with the first session beginning at 9 a.m.

Pre-registration deadline is Monday, March 5.

To read more about Janis Kearney or for Village Writers’ Workshop registration information, visit the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club website.