The Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop held its tenth annual free conference this past Saturday. It was a cold rainy day in Fayetteville. That didn’t stop the gathering from swelling to a nice crowd at Ozarks Electric where Casey Cowan, Greg Camp, Duke and Kimberly Pennell, Velda Brotherton and Dusty Richards led their workshops, in that order.
We have run our weekly critique group workshop for more than twenty-five years, and we believe in sharing what we’ve learned with aspiring writers. That’s why we came up with this
idea, never knowing if it would work. Finding experienced authors, promoters, editors, designers and the like and convincing them to show up for free might be difficult. All we could do was feed them lunch and provide tables for their books or other promotional materials.
We are thankful that the results have been mind bending. Every year we go in search of at least three speakers who will agree to do this event for nothing. And every year we manage to find them. The idea of giving a free conference is something unusual in this day and age, but Dusty and I both agree that we want to pay back those who have helped us over the years. This seems a terrific way to do so. Thanks to everyone who participated and all our members who helped make this year even greater than the last.
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The workshop is held on the second Saturday of March each year, and has come close to being iced or snowed out a couple of times, but we’ve hung in there. Here are some photos I took at the event.