Workshops for 2014

Ozark Folkways and Velda Brotherton present an all day workshop on June 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The title of the workshop is How to Write Stories That Captivate. The workshop is for novice as well as experienced writers. Velda provides one-on-one assistance and everyone will be involved in brainstorming and capturing ideas.

When you leave you will have completed a draft for your story or book and you will have learned: The Five Ws: Who, What, Where, When and Why as well as the How of Writing. Who Are Your Characters; What is POV; Where Ideas Come From; When to Plot; Why Search for a Voice; How to Add Peaks and Valleys.

You may bring a laptop or pen and paper. Lunch is on your own. Brown bag it or join the group at Grandma’s for a delicious Ozark Meal. Cost of the workshop is $25, and the group is limited to 20, so if you want to attend, get your reservation in early. Those who register will receive a complete schedule and directions to Ozark Folkways.

Velda has been writing for 29 years. She has 12 fiction and 6 non fiction books published. Four will be released this year. She has been conducting workshops and speaking at conferences, libraries, museums, etc., for the past 24 years. She is also co-chair of a large critique group in Fayetteville which has been around for 27 years. For more information on her and her work, see and

Ozark Folkways is located 4 miles south of Winslow, Arkansas on Highway 71, and about 25 miles south of Fayetteville. Large rock building on the right with sign out front. To register, send a check to Ozark Folkways, 22733 North Highway 71, Winslow, AR 72959

Delve deeper with Velda Brotherton June 21, 2014 Velda Brotherton will be at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow on Saturday, June 21, for a day-long workshop with writers, from novice to experienced. Bring your work in progress, your ideas or just a scene or two for brainstorming. Velda will help with characterization, plotting, internalization, scene structure, how to use back story effectively, creating goal, motivation, and conflict, dialog, and point of view. Whatever your needs are, she can help you further your project, and if she doesn’t know the answer to your question, she can tell you where to find it.

Velda has taught individual workshops for the past 12 years and she taught a six-week course on romance writing through the University of Arkansas adult education program. She has spoken at conferences with Ozark Creative Writers, Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Ozark Writers League, Arkansas Writers Conference, and many others in the area during her 30-year writing career.

She has books published in several genres: Western historical romance, Paranormal, Mystery and women’s fiction as well as regional nonfiction and numerous short stories. Her background is in journalism where she worked as feature writer, city editor and columnist for a weekly rural newspaper. She also wrote for the Northwest Arkansas Times for several years.

Her fiction career began in earnest in 1994 when her first historical romance was published by Penguin/Topaz, and she has had many novels published since then. Her work can be found at: More information on her books and her career is at her website:

The class at the Writers’ Colony, 515 Spring Street in Eureka Springs, will start at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., with an hour break for lunch, which will be provided by the Colony. Fee is $45 and includes lunch. Class size is limited. Call (479)25307444 to register or email

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