Arrow Rock Writing Workshop

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Join us on AUGUST 11 & 12!


The Arrow Rock Writing Workshop welcomes
both experienced and novice writers to enjoy two
peaceful, inspirational days in the historic village of
Arrow Rock, Missouri, Aug. 11-12, 2017.
Writing pros will lead you in sessions that range
from the basics of story creation to the secrets
of self-promotion. Give yourself the gift of
two days devoted to your passion for writing.

Workshop sessions, led by professional writers, will cover a variety of topics, such as character development, story starters, poetry writing, and self-promotion.There will be writing prompts to get the words flowing while you’re at the workshop, and time set aside for participants to read some of their work to the group. (If you’re not comfortable reading your work aloud, no problem! There’s no pressure in this cordial and supportive setting.)

R.M. Kinder

R.M. Kinder

This year’s Friday evening keynote speaker is R.M. Kinder, author of five books, including The Universe Playing Strings, and An Absolute Gentleman. Plus, participants will have an opportunity to take a nighttime walking tour of Arrow Rock after Friday evening’s dinner. Who knows what inspiration may reveal itself as you walk in the footsteps of early Missourians!


FRIDAY, Aug. 11

1-1:30 p.m.             Check-in at Brown’s Chapel in Arrow Rock

1:30-2 p.m.             Introductions

2-3 p.m.                   Workshop Session #1

“What I Wish I Had Known Before I Wrote My First Novel” by Theresa Hupp

3-4 p.m.                   Workshop Session #2

“Getting the Picture: Ekphrastic Poetry” by Debbie Noland

4-6 p.m.                   Free Time for writing, shopping, exploring or resting before dinner

6 p.m.                       Dinner & An Evening with R.M. Kinder, at the J. Huston Tavern

8:30-10:30 p.m.     Arrow Rock Night Walk (optional; free for workshop registrants, $15/each for additional guests)


8-9:30 a.m.               Breakfast on your own and free time for writing

9:30-10:30 a.m.        Writing Share Time at the outdoor Council Ring at the Switzler House

10:45-11:45 a.m.        Workshop Session #3

 “Character Development” by R.M. Kinder

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Lunch

1-2 p.m.                       Workshop Session #4

“Eliminating Creative Non-Fiction Roadblocks” by Theresa McClellan

2-3 p.m.                       Writing Share Time/Open Discussion

3-3:15 p.m.                  Break

3:15-4:15 p.m.             Workshop Session #5

“It’s All About Me: The Art of Self-Promotion” by Sandy Selby

4:15-4:30 p.m.             Wrap-up

2017 Arrow Rock Writing Workshop Co-Directors: Theresa McClellan and Sandy Selby

Participation is limited to 30 and advance registration is required. Your $175 registration fee includes dinner at the J. Huston Tavern on Friday, a catered lunch on Saturday, and an optional “Night Walk” tour of Arrow Rock on Friday after the dinner concludes. Single-day ($100) and dinner-only ($40) options are available. A writing evaluation, conducted by workshop director Sandy Selby, is available for an additional $50.

Registration deadline is Aug. 5, 2017, or when workshop reaches capacity.