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.
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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I attended the first meeting for the 2011-12 season at the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club. The meeting began with several members sharing their prize-winners or works-in-progress. Then, we enjoyed a great lunch from Home Plate Cafe. Before the business meeting, published authors–Janet Holt, Dr. Larry Enders. Linda Black, and Elizabeth Carroll Foster–discussed “Publishing: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”
Our next meeting in Monday, October 24. Dr. Lourene Thaxton, adjunct writing instructor at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, will present “Entertain the Interview.”