Sunday, February 22, 2009

"How to Create and Sustain a Compelling Story"

The Village Writers’ Club of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas presents "A Day with Laura Parker Castoro.

Laura will be teaching a one- day workshop titled “How to Create and Sustain a Compelling Story” on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Coronado Community Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Pre-registration is $30.00. Lunch is available for an additional $10.00.

Workshop Schedule

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:15 Character development
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 Plots and Subplots
11:45-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 Critique Session
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:00 Editing and Revisions

Pre-registered participants are invited to submit one short story, memoir or piece of creative nonfiction for possible critique by the presenter during the afternoon session. One month prior to the workshop, five submissions will be drawn at random. Those manuscripts will be emailed, without author info to Laura Castoro and to all pre-registered participants for review prior to the workshop.

Manuscripts must be no longer than 1,500 words and emailed as a .pdf file or in a Microsoft Word attachment. All submissions must be double spaced. On the top left of page 1 list your name, mailing address, phone number and email address. Word count should be listed on the top right of page 1.

Pre-registered participants should email their manuscripts to Madelyn F Young at The deadline for emailing manuscripts is February 27, 2009. Snail mail submissions will not be accepted.

If paying by check your registration must be postmarked no later than March 13, 2009. Registrations will be accepted at the door if space permits; however there will be no guarantee of lunch for late registrants.

Details, registration form and a map are available at:

Or contact:
John Achor
42 Vega Lane
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Phone: 501-915-9186


Laura writes said...

Thanks for posting my workshop info. I'm really revved about doing this. All-day workshops really allow the partipants to get deep into their ideas, process those ideas, and then have the afternoon to put their toughts into action!

Looking forward to it.

Laura Parker Castoro

Laura Wrties said...

Thank you for posting this! I'm very grateful for any publicity. We are going to have a good time working on writing better and more entertainingly. Join us.