The Arkansas International Featured Reader: Kaveh Akbar
Kaveh Akbar, an Iranian American poet, is the Arkansas International Featured Reader for 2017, sponsored by the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, PBS NewsHour, and Poetry, among others. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is forthcoming in 2017. Akbar is the recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award. Born in Tehran, Iran, Akbar currently lives and teaches in Florida.
Theatre Workshop with Mark Smith (for fourth - sixth graders)
Mark Smith from Arts Live Theatre will host this workshop for fourth - sixth graders.
Literary Yoga with Lori Brownmiller
This special yoga class mixes literary themes into the traditional yoga class, interspersing readings and yoga poses to create a class that emphasizes the mind-body connection.
Baker and Taylor Title Talk
A representative will be on hand to discuss upcoming book releases for kids and young adults. The talk is geared toward librarians and booksellers.
Theatre Workshop with Mark Smith (for seventh - 12th graders)
Mark Smith from Arts Live Theatre will host this workshop for seventh - 12th graders.
"The Square Book: An Illustrated History of the Fayetteville Square" with Tony Wappel and J.B. Hogan
Local historians Tony Wappel and J.B. Hogan will discuss their illustrated history of the Fayetteville square. The pair will discuss their writing process, how they conducted their research and how they worked together on the collaborative project. A book sale and signing will follow their presentation.
Public Talk with James Dashner and Jennifer Holm
Join Kyle Kellams for a discussion with authors James Dashner and Jennifer Holm as they discuss their writing. Kellams will interview both authors, asking about their books and their writing processes. Following the talk, both authors will sign copies of their books. Books will be available for sale in the library's lobby during and after the presentation.
Time Travels: A Fiction Workshop on the Clock with Matthew Pitt
These Are Our Demands with Matthew Pitt
Matthew Pitt, author of “These Are Our Demands” and “Attention Please Now,” will read from his work and discuss his writing process. Pitt is an assistant professor at TCU where he teaches creative writing classes. His work has appeared in the “Oxford American,” “Smithsonian,” “Poets & Writers” and “Food Network Magazine,” among other publications.
Pitch Like a Pro to the Pros with Marilyn Collins
Writing conferences offer rare opportunities for writers to “pitch” their story ideas to agents and to publishers who actually represent or purchase your work. There is no set formula for success. But by doing your homework in advance, you can present a skilled and engaging presentation. It’s good to always follow up even to a negative response. Join this fun and interactive workshop to learn the steps needed to select professionals who may be most interested in your work, develop a presentation unique to you and your ideas, and avoid mistakes that may weaken your chances for success. We’ll also explore other ways to better market yourself/market your book during the vital face time available at conferences.
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Rhyme Writing Workshop (Age 7 - 12)
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Rhyme Writing Workshop (For Teens)
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Performance
Grammy-winning hip hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo combines the excitement of hip hop with the magical world of childhood. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, he has earned a loyal national following. Infinity Plus One takes kids into outer space with “Glimmer” about a moth who flies to the moon, and “Tastes Like Space” is an exploration of the intergalactic destiny of Carl Sagan’s famous Gold Record. 23 Skidoo received a Grammy nomination in 2015 for The Perfect Quirk, a classic hip hop album spiced with Motown, reggae, club thump, blues and the occasional pirate shanty.
Tickets go on sale August 7 are available at the Walton Arts Center website.
Pitch Session Registration Opens
Interested in having your writing published? Sign up for a pitch session and talk with a publisher about your ideas! Signup for sessions begins in the library's lobby at 9 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Before signing up for a session, interested writers are encouraged to research the publishers for fit and to prepare a pitch. We'll release an FAQ with additional details as we get closer to the event.
Students Write Rap: Learn to inspire student writing with Rapper 23 Skidoo
Children's Author and Illustrator Showcase
Join us in the Children's Library to speak to local children's authors Kristen Gray, M.J. Peters, Rich Davis, Thomas Cochran, Karen Akins, Darcy Pattison, Margaret Holcomb, John L. Colbert, Len White and Meg Welch Dendler.
A Path to Publication: Panel Discussion with Publishers and Writers
Author Nancy Hartney will moderate this discussion about the publishing process from the point of view of both writers and publishers. The panel will take questions from the audience following the discussion. Panelists include DoSouth Managing Editor Marla Cantrell; Post Mortem Press Founder Eric Beebe; Fiery Seas Publishing Founder Misty Williams; Sibling Rival Press founder Bryan Borland; author Kate Hart; and author Misty Murphy.
Publisher Pitch Sessions
Pitch sessions begin at 1 p.m. for writers who signed up for sessions early in the morning. Pitch sessions will last 15 minutes.
It Has To Be True – Writing Nonfiction with J. B. Hogan
“It Has To Be True – Writing Nonfiction” is meant for newcomers to nonfiction writing but intermediate level writers may find it useful as well. The class covers several types of nonfiction writing including local history, memoir, and creative nonfiction, but the core of the class is the deconstruction of three examples of writing by the instructor. Using an article and two types of books, we will look at how each went from initial idea to completed work.
Registration is required.
Secret Agent Skidoo Rhyme Writing Workshop (Age 7+)
Writing for Community Betterment with Misty Murphy
The power of the pen has shaped centuries of public thought and action. As the pen morphed into the keyboard, an increased and more easily accessible audience has made writing an even more powerful medium through which to inspire change and engagement in our communities. Constant connection makes it more important than ever to use the power of the pen for good.
Altrusa Writing Contest Award Ceremony
Altrusa International of Fayetteville will announce the winners of the Young Writers of NW Arkansas Writing Contest.
That's What She Said Storytelling
That’s What She Said is a local storytelling show in Fayetteville, AR. The group shares funny and true stories of love, shame, mistakes and grace with live audiences in Northwest Arkansas. Grab a chair and join us for a special story time!
Parents are advised that some content may not be suitable for young children.