Arrow Rock Writing Workshop


Join us on AUGUST 10 & 11!

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. 10-11, 2018. Writing pros will lead you in sessions that are sure to inspire your writing passion. Workshop sessions are led by professional writers. 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.)

This year’s theme is Finding Your Place, and several sessions will focus on creating a sense of place in your work.

Our Friday evening keynote speaker is Jonelle Patrick author of the thrilling Only In Tokyo series of mysteries. Plus, participants will have an opportunity to participate in a special post-dinner mystery tour/writing challenge!

Registration is open now. Register online via the link below or call 660-837-3231. We’ll send you a questionnaire after you register that you can use to share more information about your goals for the workshop.


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This year’s schedule:

FRIDAY, Aug. 10

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

1:30-2 p.m.                  Introductions (Your favorite place in two dozen words)

2-3 p.m.                       Session #1: “Almost Like Being There: Using Description to Create a Sense of Place in Magazine Writing,” by Danita Allen   Wood, Editor-in-Chief & Owner, Missouri Life magazine.

3-4 p.m.                       Session #2: “Recording your Story:  Approaches to Memoir Writing,” by author Theresa McClellan

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

6 p.m.                          Dinner & An Evening with author Jonelle Patrick, at the J. Huston Tavern

8:30-9:30 p.m.          “Ring the Bell Softly” Tour & Writing Challenge (optional), led by Sandy Selby, Executive Director of Friends of Arrow Rock.



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

9:30-10:45 a.m.           Writing Share Time at the historic Brown Lodge (corner of Sixth & Morgan). Participants are encouraged but not required to bring work to share. Please limit your reading to no more than 5 minutes.

11 a.m.-noon                  Session #3: “Beyond the Five Senses: Creating a World That’s So Real, Your Readers Won’t Want to Leave” by author Jonelle Patrick

Noon-1 p.m.                  Lunch & Free Time for exploring, shopping or writing

1-2 p.m.                          Session #4: “Setting the Setting in Historical Fiction,” by author Theresa Hupp

2-3 p.m.                          Session #5: “Using Place and Time To Jump-start Your Poem,” by author Debbie Noland

3-3:15 p.m.                     Break

3:15-4:15 p.m.                Writing Share Time/Open Discussion (“Ring the Bell Softly” writing challenge readings, questions for faculty, etc.)

4:15-4:30 p.m.                Wrap-up