Arkansas author Carla Killough McClafferty featured on C-SPAN 2 Book TV

Arkansas author Carla Killough McClafferty has been invited by C-SPAN 2 Book TV to do a presentation that will appear on their network. 

A traveling C-SPAN 2 Book TV crew is coming to Little Rock, which is one of six southern cities they will feature on their 2012 television season. C-SPAN 2 Book TV will film segments about history and literary life in the area. In each of these six cities, Book TV features one author at their kick-off event. For the Little Rock event, C-SPAN McClafferty will be their featured author.

C-SPAN producers, assisted by Comcast Cable, will videotape McClafferty as she gives a presentation about her book The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon to a guest audience. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for McClafferty. The event takes place on March 5, and McClafferty’s presentation begins 6 p.m. It will be held at the Darragh Center at the Main Branch of the Central Arkansas Library System located at 100 Rock St., Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201.

McClafferty’s presentation will air on C-SPAN 2 Book TV during “Little Rock Weekend” which will run from March 31- April 1. After it airs on the network, the presentation will be archived indefinitely on their website.  

For more information about Carla Killough McClafferty, an award-winning author of nonfiction books and popular speaker, visit her website: www.carlamcclafferty.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.

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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Exploring the Interview Process with Dr. Lourene Thaxton

Dr. Lourene Thaxtor, Adjunct English Instructor, National Park Community College, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Do you seek fresh ideas for writing? Would you like to find a historical context in which to incorporate a fictional theme? Are there questions about a way of life or a generation of persons about whom you might wish to explore possibilities for writing?

Come explore the value of personal and professional interviews with Dr. Lourene Thaxton and the Village Writers’ Club on Monday, October 24, at the Home Plate Cafe, 5110 N Highway 7, Hot Springs Village.

Perhaps techniques for conducting the perfect interview could be the next idea to remove writer’s block for you! Aside from revealing valuable information within the interview itself, conducting interviews may open new means of personal contacts for the avid writer.

Dr. Thaxton, a professional educator for thirty-eight years, has taught nearly every grade from Kindergarten through college level. She developed a passion for writing while teaching sixth-graders. “The writing process for adults is much the same as for adolescents, but the subject matter varies.”

While working on her dissertation from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. Thaxton interviewed professors at the University of Kansas as to their techniques in designing curricula in modalities for critical thinking. She currently teaches in an adjunct capacity in the English Department at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has two married children, four grandchildren, and a bulldog named Giselle.

Village Writers’ Club members and guests will enjoy an informal read-around at 11:15 a.m., sharing their prize-winning pieces or works-in-progress, followed by a “Dutch treat” lunch at noon and Dr. Thaxton’s program, ”Exploring the Interview Process,” from 1-2 p.m. 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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Do you have any questions about the interview process for Dr. Thaxton?

Welcome to My World!

I thought I’d post this recent online conversation that I had with my older brother, Tommy. I received this message early this morning, as I began my writing day. I realized by my bro’s comments, that most people don’t really understand the life of a freelance writer in this information age. So, maybe my answer will give you a glimpse into my writing life. 

Hey, can’t you sleep? I notice that most of your postings are either very early or “twittered” while your one the road. LOL Ya’ gotta’ relax and enjoy the ministry… it’s not “go go go, fight fight fight, win win win”… It’s 1 Thess 5:16-23. love ya’

Hi Bro,

Hmmm … Do I justify my work as a writer or ignore your comment? [Btw, you are kinda cranky with your broken ankle! What’s with that?]

Anyway, to tell you the truth, most of my blog posts are scheduled posts for my blog, BLESSED Legacy Stories. I can publish them immediately after I write them. Or I can write several of them, and schedule a time for them to be published. This saves me from having to think about blogging every day. For instance, the ones for this week are all “guest posts” that I received from my publicist, Kathy Carlton Willis. They are part of  KCW Comm’s “blog tours” that promote other Christian authors, their newest releases, writing conference, or writing/speaking/ministry organizations. I use these “guest posts” so I won’t HAVE to write a post every day. I also hope that they will encourage or help other writers.

As for the “tweets,” the scripture you see posted, some are “tweeted” from a daily Bible verse e-mail that I receive from KLOVE radio station daily devotionals. And sometimes, yes–I do read my daily devotionals early in the morning or late at night. That’s my “quiet time”–when no one else is calling me, texting me, or asking me to justify my internet or writing activities.

As for the posts “on the road,” I use severals apps on my phone for that—like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, or LinkedIn. And I can also post photos that I take or places I visit with the different apps on my phone. In fact, I just recently downloaded a new app that enables me to write a blog post from my phone to my newest blog—Karen’s WAVE (Writer and Village Explorer)—where I plan to write about writing and exploring the Village. So, even when I’m exercising—like walking a trail in the Village—or attending a church service, I can write a quick post that includes a picture.

So, you see, Bro, what you see online is simply evidence of me exploring and utilizing some of the new technology that is available to writers (and non-writers) in this information age.

Welcome to my world!

Karen

P. S. I think I’ll post your question (and my answer) on my new blog!