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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.

AUTHOR ELIZABETH CARROLL FOSTER HONORED

 Author Elizabeth Carroll Foster, an Arkansas native and member of the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club, was honored by the MilitaryWriters of America in their Dispatches publicationas Author of the Month of December for her memoir, Follow Me: The Life and Adventures of aMilitary Family.

The National Association of Professional Women, 2010-2011, also featured Foster as “Woman of the Year.”

Foster, a journalist and newspaper editor before turning to fiction, has also written a novel, Southern Winds A’ ChangingHer newest book, Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks: Collection of Short Stories, Essays andFeatureswill be available in January for local book.

MWSA Dispatchreviewer, Charlene Rubush, recommends Foster’s memoir, “Her story will resonate with many who have lived a life in the military … It is a testament to the bravery and courage of the distaff side of military life, and a validation of their many sacrifices.”

Foster set her novel, Southern Winds, “at a time when racial tensions were alive in the South, the lives of two women-one a school teacher and one an African American sharecropper-become forever entwined.”

Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks by Elizabeth Carroll FosterFoster’s newest book, Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks, is a collection of fictional short stories, non-fiction essays and featureshighlight eclectic characters, embellish true experiences, and illustrate unconditional love, disappointment, and friendship. Some stories share poignant, as well as occasionally witty instances that allow readers to reminisce about holidays past, sympathize with middle-aged women unwittingly caught up on the cusp of the Women’s Liberation Movement. One story allows readers to empathize with young single mothers, another to love a golden retriever just as he loves his master. The stories are a glimpse into both imaginary and real-life worlds that share a perspective on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

For more information about author Elizabeth Carroll Foster, visithttp://elizabethcfoster.blogspot.com.

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