Tales From the South:
The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is partnering with “Tales from the South” to do a live broadcast, distributed nationally on public radio via KUAR in Little Rock, and internationally via satellite, featuring all local Eureka Springs stories and talent.
“Tales” creator and producer, Paula Morell, will conduct a Community Writing Program workshop on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. at The Writers’ Colony, 515 Spring Street, Eureka Springs. During the workshop, Morell will teach participants how to write their true “Tale” for the show, how to present it on radio, and discuss the story submission process. Cost for the workshop is $25.
The stories must be based in Eureka and told from personal experience. Once the stories are selected for broadcast, Morell will work with the local storytellers to prepare them for a live broadcast on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The radio show will be open to the public and broadcast from Caribe.
Paula Morell created “Tales from the South” in 2005 to showcase "southern-style storytelling". It has grown to be an internationally broadcast mainstay of the literary scene.
Paula Martin Morell has been teaching creative writing for more than 20 years, and her short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction have won numerous regional, national, and international awards. Three times she has been featured as an emerging writer at the International Conference on the Short Story in English. Her critically acclaimed novel-in-stories was published in 2006, and her writing workshop Invoking the Gifts is being used in recovery centers nationwide. She started "Tales" and Temenos Publishing Company, a small literary press, in 2005. Morell and her husband, Jason, own the Starving Artist Café in Little Rock, where the show’s broadcast hub is located.
The "Tales from the South: Eureka Stories" public program, co-sponsored by the Eureka Springs Independent, is all about stories, music, and ideas connecting people to people through personal experiences, history, traditions, and philosophy. The stories written may stimulate ideas and memories from the audience to explore their own cultural heritage and shared community experiences. The stories may provide insight into the community, our history and our cultural evolution.
Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call Linda Caldwell at 479-253-7444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Survivors Getting Stronger: A workshop for cancer survivors
Participants in the Survivors Getting Stronger workshop Saturday at the Writers' Colony included Joan Hirnisey, (from left, front to back), workshop leader Laura Parker Castoro, Anita Alpe, Lucilla Garrett, Alice McNeal, Patricia Brown, Susan Chamberlain, and Christy Scarrow (back of group). Participants spent the day sharing stories and experiences and learning how to deal with stress and worry before turning their attention to writing. All walked away with a sense of kinship with fellow survivors and the inspiration and encouragement to write their experiences. (To see some of their writings, click on News & Events on the left side of this web page.)
Here's something to CROW about!
Our very own Crow Johnson Evans will be the featured artist at Eureka Thyme Gallery during the Saturday Gallery Stroll on April 13th. Crow will be on hand from 1-4.p.m., and 6– 9.p.m. to sign her new book “Flights of Fancy”. Be sure to engage Crow in a conversation about her incredible artistic background.
Crow is a founding member and current Vice President of The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and has been an inspiration to all of us. She’s an award-winning songwriter/performer, a writer, poet, textile artist and cancer survivor.
Among her many accomplishments, Crow received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” Northwest Arkansas Music Awards; World Folk Music Association, Kate Wolf Award Arkansas Arts, and several awards including “Best of Show” for her fiber arts and spinning/weaving.
Educated in Zoology, she remains intrigued by nature and its interplay with human life and dreams. Crow and her husband, Arthur, live in Northwest Arkansas, and enjoy eco-touring to see and photograph rare wildlife. She grew up in Woodstock, NY, and lived in England while under recording, publishing and performing contracts. She also published “Zassafras Music News”, a quarterly newsletter about performing songwriters across the globe.
Crow’s busy schedule includes several book signings and a concert with Still on the Hill, May 4th at Ozark Folkways in Winslow, AR.
Crow celebrates that spark of creativity that writers and musicians, given the space and time, kindle.
Now it’s time to celebrate Crow! Please visit Eureka Thyme Gallery on April 13th, located at 19 Spring Street in Eureka Springs. (http://www.eurekathyme.com)! 479-363-9600
For more information about Crow, her music, writing, fiber art and appearances, visit: www.crowspun.com
Digging into grant-writing
It was a full house at the Grant Writing Workshop Thursday at The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. Ann Friedman, the Manager of Grants and Foundations for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, taught the workshop, and left us all with information and ideas spinning,just waiting to get focused into tangible projects. Great workshop!
Knitting workshop attracts appreciative crowd
Beth Brown-Reinsel gave a workshop on Swedish twined knitting on Tuesday, Dec. 4. She is a writer and knitwear designer and is the Fab Fiber Fellowship recipient for 2012.
A group of 20 knitters from Northwest Arkansas attended the workshop and learned new techniques from Brown-Reinsel, who has been teaching workshops for 23 years and has designed and created almost 50 patterns for knitters. Her work has appeared in all the major knitting magazines, including Interweave Knits, and she has published “Knitting Ganseys,” an outgrowth of her workshops for The Knitting Guild of America. (Gansey sweaters were standard wear for nineteenth-century British fishermen and include intricate knit-purl patterns and dropped shoulders.)
Brown-Reinsel has traveled to Scandanavia numerous times and continues to travel there to research the world history of knitting. During her stay at the Colony, she will be working on a book, “Knitting Scandinavian Sweaters.”
Brown-Reinsel’s website is www.knittingtraditions.com and she blogs at knittingtraditions.com/blog.
Searching for the perfect gift for a writer?
We've got it!
Keep them warm with a Writers' Colony sweatshirt and a hot beverage in our great mug. Put our pen in their hands for jotting down ideas in their Writers' Colony journal when they're away from the computer, and when they want to take their work with them, give them a thumb drive to store it on. Take a look at some of our gift package ideas here, then call 479-253-7444 to order or email email@example.com.
Time to write
A writer needs space and nurturing, a place where there is quiet and good food and time to think. Yet we spend so much of our time whittling away minutes or hours to write in such a space. A few quiet hours here, a late night or early morning of peace there. This is why places like the Dairy Hollow Writers Colony are so important for writers like me. Dairy Hollow offers beautiful rooms. home cooked meals, serenity, time to read and write and think. As a writer who knits, the addition of fiber artists makes Dairy Hollow even more perfect. If the desire for a cup of coffee or people watching strikes, the funky town of Eureka Springs is a stone's throw away. Does Dairy Hollow sound too good to be true? Well, it does have one flaw: eventually you have to leave, and return to a life of seeking time and space to create. But while you are there...ah!
- Ann Hood, Spring 2012
Curious about the Colony?
Take a look at this interview with Sandy Martin, President of the Colony's Board of Directors, and Linda Caldwell, Colony Director. http://www.eurekaspringschannel.com/
Why come to the Colony?
Check out the new video with gorgeous views of Eureka Springs and testimonials from writers who have spent time here: http://youtu.be/quTf_j5gQhA
A tasting with French flair
The Writers' Colony kicked off Fleur Delicious Weekend with a presentation titled "Uniquely Edible Arkansas." Samplings and sips were enjoyed at the Colony with Kat Robinson of Tie Dye Travels, Chef Andre Poirot of The Peabody Little Rock, and Margie Roelands of Raimondo Family Winery, on Tuesday.
Delicious, fresh organic Carroll County produce was prepared by Chef Andre using flavored oils and balsamic vinegars from Raimondo Family Winery. Samples were washed down by a delicious red and white wines, also supplied by Margie. Chef prepared shitake and white mushrooms in a butter cream sauce that disappeared almost as soon as it was served, along with grilled peaches enhanced by a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
It was a wonderful introduction to a weekend full of events all around Eureka celebrating the unique tastes of French influence on local cuisine.
Come Home To The Colony...
"I was able to do in a week at the Writers’ Colony what would have normally taken me months to do if I had been at home."
- Susan Burden, 2011 resident
Writers' Colony offers a beautiful, inspiring place to create
The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow is a unique residency program for writers, artists, composers, architects, and chefs in the historic arts village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Nestled on a beautiful bend in the road known as Dairy Hollow, the Colony hosts more than 50 established and emerging writers a year for residencies that vary in length from one week to three months.
The Colony is now open year-round, and winter is a very quiet, serene time to visit. For writers who join us to craft and compose their work, Colony time is magical. Residents apply and are juried into the Colony for either subsidized general residency or a Fellowship-funded stay. In the privacy of separate, individual writing suites fully equipped with bedroom, writing area, wifi, a/c, private bath, private entrance and mini-kitchens, and with all meals provided, our residents write, and write, and write!
While work time at the Colony is fiercely protected, Monday through Friday evenings enjoy Kitchen Magician Jana's wonderful cooking. When other writers are in residency with you, share ideas, inspiration and support over a home-cooked meal.
And the rest of the time? As one writer noted, "With every need met, all we do is write. Need a break? It's gorgeous here - take a hike or walk 5 minutes to town where there's always something fun going on." (Read more alumni testimonials)
This gift of uninterrupted work time in a supportive environment, combined with Eureka Spring's breathtaking natural surroundings and vibrant community of writers, musicians, and artists, has beckoned residents from across the country and around the globe since the Colony opened in 1999. Now in our second decade, we look forward to welcoming our alumni home and to introducing new writers to the magic of the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow.
See you soon!
If you are interested in applying for general residency or for a Fellowship, contact the Writers' Colony at firstname.lastname@example.org.