Sunday, September 03, 2017


Calling all local NWA Authors! Join us for author readings, Q & A sessions and a chance to buy local author books. Authors should register to participate by Saturday, October 21 via online registration (click on link below), email (, telephone (479-750-8180) or in person. Space is limited.
Indie Author Day is Saturday, November 4 from 2:00 – 4:00 

2017 Heartland Book Festival

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Poem "GONE."

  1.  I placed this on children's author David L. Harrison's W.O.M. blog. The word for the month "Gone."
    Gone from my life
    Wildlife friends
    Herds of deer
    Special doe and fawn
    Turtles bathing
    Birds building homes
    Chipmunks filling cheeks
    Funny looking insects
    Snakes up trees, down holes
    Gone from my view
    I watch and wonder
    Where have
    they gone?
    (C) Mary Nida Smith

Look Back at August 31, 2014

A very busy time for me, I have several commitments to fulfill the next two months and I need to do work on promoting my book, "Submarine Stories of World War II" for ages ten and up before the eyes of an editor/publisher. I received a letter from my literary agent and she believes in this book and respects the men in it and she is working extra hard, so I want to do my part. The nine veterans(in their 80s and 90s) sharing their stories are friends of mine. Several have sailed on and I want school children, grandkids and adults to remember what they endured during the underwater war. I am so surprise how many people never heard of submarines. The submarines and their crew took over after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. God is in control and if this is suppose to be, it will be.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Village Writing School   *   *   479-292-3665

Ozark Creative Writers Inc.

You Still Have Time!

The Board of Directors of Ozark Creative Writers Inc. would like to remind you that there is still time to register for the 51st Annual Conference at the Early Bird Discounted Rate. In addition, the deadline for entering the contests is just around the corner. For more information check out our website 
Also remember to save the dates October 12-14, 2017 and come prepared to experience "Your Lucky Day in the Ozarks" at the Ozark Creative Writers Inc.51st Annual Conference at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Arkansas SCBWI Events

Save the dates for our upcoming events (
--Arkansas SCBWI Writing Workshop, Sept. 16, Little Rock
--Arkansas SCBWI Retreat, Oct. 13-15 in Fort Smith
--Arkansas SCBWI Publishing Workshop, Nov. 18, Fayetteville
Conference 2017 Wrap-Up
It’s been more than a month since the close of the 2017 conference, which was a special and inspiring weekend for attendees. We hosted Kait Feldmann, associate editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); Molly O'Neill, literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; and Nick Thomas, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic). This was our first year in a new venue, and your feedback was overwhelmingly positive! Thank you to all of you who spoke to me in person and sent notes about how the conference inspired you. I love hearing feedback from all of you!

Our speakers also shared their thanks to all the attendees and volunteers. I wanted to pass along one of the thank you notes from one of the editors: “Thank you again so much for a wonderful time at SCBWI Arkansas. I can only imagine how much time and energy was put into making this run as smoothly and successfully as it did, and am appreciative of all your work--from the detailed rundowns and well-organized schedule, to the rides, thoughtful snack bags, and comforting meals. I'm glad we got to spend time talking and getting to know each other, and enjoyed every minute of my stay! Please pass along my gratitude to Melanie, Bob, Brett, Kimberly, Sherrie and everyone else who helped out.”

Monday, June 26, 2017

Storm Poem

June 23, 2017
A Storm Rolled In
© By Mary Nida Smith
The sky darkened, clouds rushed in
to cover all light, wind ran madly
building up anger as it picked up speed
pulling off tree limbs and roof covers.
The heavy low, dark clouds opened up
drowning plants that tried to cling
strong roots to soil beds.
Rain, hail and leaves hit hard
against the windowpanes.
As quickly as the storm appeared
it disappeared, leaving its ill ways
scattered across the area
in miles in which it traveled.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mary Nida Smith 's Art

(C) By Mary Nida Smith All art  is copyrighted 

Mary Nida Smith's Art

(C) Each piece of art shown is  copyrighted by Mary Nida Smith

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Poem Evening Blast

Evening Blast
©by Mary Nida Smith

The sounds of a dove
Each morning and evening
Cried out of its lost
I was sadden this morning
By the silence of its cry
Last night it was stopped
By three shots that ran out. 

Dorothy Anderson Wood Carving

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sounds from the Woods
© By Mary Nida Smith

Mourning dove at daybreak
Hiding in the woods.
Its haunting voice rides the wind
Coooooo-woo over and over again
Until it reaches beyond the trees.
Its wooing call continues
Loud and strong each morning
The cries of losing a mate or
The wooing voice of a lover
Needing a lifetime vow
To help raise a family
As two “turtle doves”
Hiding in the woods.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Answered Prayers

Answered Prayers
© by Mary Nida Smith

Rain promised today
God kept it away
Clouds and sun
Fought for space
In the sky overhead
At the local festival
God knew many
 Had created items
To sell to feed the family
God answered prayers
Kept the rain away
Until everyone was asleep
After counting their blessings
Knowing God answers prayers.

How to Research Literary Agents

Monday, May 22, 2017


Arkansas SCBWI Conference, June 16-17 in Little Rock
--Arkansas SCBWI Writing Workshop, Sept. 16, Central Arkansas
--Arkansas SCBWI Retreat, Oct. 13-15 in Fort Smith
--Arkansas SCBWI Publishing Workshop, Nov. 18, Fayetteville

KidLit Roundtable This Saturday in Rogers

Don’t forget to join us for the first ARSCBWI KidLit Roundtable at the Rogers Public Library at 3 p.m. on May 20. Meet fellow writers & illustrators, trade tips and discuss topics relating to kidlit. Thanks to volunteer Kimberly Mitchell for working with me on this ARSCBWI project!

Conference in June (Pitch Sessions Available)
Our conference is a month away! If you haven’t signed up, you still can. We have an exciting line-up for the 2017 Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17. Conference faculty includes Kait Feldmann, associate editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); Molly O'Neill, literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; and Nick Thomas, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic).

Our consultations sold out this year. Pitch sessions are still available for picture books and novels. Also, illustrators who want a portfolio consultation, I can schedule a slot for you on Friday night. All of these are very limited, so if you are considering it, email now to reserve your spot.
More information on the conference, including links to the faculty bios is here:
Member News
Remember to let me know if you have a release date for your book, book signing, author event or good news. Email the information to, so we can keep track of it - so send your updates today!

Warmest Regards,

Phyllis Hemann
SCBWI Arkansas Regional Advisor

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Countdown to Friday! If you want to read at open mic, would like a book table, or need to purchase lunch, NOW is the time. Contact me at See you guys this Friday the 19th. We have a great conference planned for Saturday - travel writing, fiction writing, learning how to pitch your manuscript, and more.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Arkansas SCBWI KidLit

Arkansas SCBWI KidLit Roundtable Northwest Arkansas
 · Hosted by SCBWI-Arkansas
  • Saturday, May 20 at 3 PM - 4:30 PM
    Next Week
  • Rogers Public Library

Friday, May 05, 2017


Special news provided by Joel, a USS Sea Fox (SS-402)crew member. April 26, 2017 University of Arizona

 NROTC Awards Presented:
The Freddie Warder Naval Submarine League (NSL) Outstanding Achievement Certificate and a copy of Heroes Beneath the Waves, by Mary Nida Smith to Midshipman Zachary J. Rossi, USNR. Photo provided by NROTC staff and book presented by Joel M. Greenberg USSVI Tucson Base.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

I belonged for a couple of years with this wonderful group of writers I even helped with with one of their contest. One never stops learning and  making new friends and enjoying old friends. 
Sell your books at the 2017 MWG Conference!
Click HERE to access the consignment sheet and W9 form.
Ship your books to:
Heather Tearneyc/o The Mizzou Store911 E. RollinsColumbia, MO 65211
The 2017 Missouri Writers Guild annual conference and business meeting will be held
in Columbia, Missouri over the weekend of
May 5-7, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I am a Dreamer

Good afternoon. I decide to change my thoughts to the country. I was raised a country girl who had a wonderful life, yet I wanted to see on the other-side of the mountain where city people lived. My dreams changed when I had my biggest adventure to St. Paul, Minnesota 60 miles west from where I lived on a farm near Knapp, Wisconsin. I seen beautiful things that only a Princess could own and I want a little of it. Country stayed with me no matter where I lived. I published country articles and have written for a Farm newspaper magazine and also, written children's picture book about country subjects that I have never submitted anywhere. I am a dreamer and I am thankful for the gifts God has given me.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 10:58 AM PDT
2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference, May 26 – 27, Point Park Univ., Pittsburgh, PA. Looks like a great conference for nonfiction writers and those who love to write for magazines (like I do). The keynote is “The State of the American Magazine” led by editors from Esquire, Harper’s, the NY Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review. Check the CALENDAR on this site for more events.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Posted: 23 Apr 2017 12:27 PM PDT
Writers in this area have a choice of two well-known, overlapping conferences. Both have sessions that appeal to me. Check out OK Writers Federation Conference 2017,  May 4 – 6, Embassy Suites, Oklahoma City, OK ( ). Variety of workshops with a special two-session block for Scrivener Boot Camp led by Jason Hough. Also the Missouri Writers Guild Conference, May 5 – 7, Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, MO ( . Opportunity to have a one-on-one with speakers and faculty. Lots of workshops–of special appeal to me, “Writing Historical Fiction” led by Nicole Evelina. The Calendar lists workshops, conference, and events for writers throughout the year.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17

Don’t forget to register for the Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17. You have until April 29 to do so and secure a spot for a manuscript or portfolio consultation. Pitches are also still available. Manuscripts are due May 5 for consultations.
We have an exciting line-up for the 2017 Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17. Conference faculty includes Kait Feldmann, associate editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); Molly O'Neill, literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; and Nick Thomas, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic).
More information on the conference, including links to the faculty bios, is here:

Please take a few minutes and promote our conference. I am grateful for those who have done so already. Retweet. Share on Facebook. Recommend it to writing friends or colleagues. However you do it, it’s appreciated. We already have several people new to ARSCBWI and our conference signed up from promotion alone. Thank you for being willing to support and promote Arkansas and our events!
If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.
All my best,
Phyllis Hemann
SCBWI Arkansas Regional Advisor

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Wise Girls
© By Mary Nida Smith

Girls with curls
Always wear pearls
Girls with braids
Wear fashion suede
Girls who are blonde
Wear long johns
Girls with red hair
Love Smoky the Bear
Girls who are brunette
Love the internet
Girls with black hair
May have nightmares

Girls are not the same
We should not compare.

April word(W.O.M.) David L. Harrison's blog.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Heroes Beneath the Waves Review
Al Konetzni, Jr., Vice Admiral, US NAVY (Retired) reviews Heroes Beneath the Waves – Submarine Stories of the 20th Century by Mary Nida Smith…

Monday, April 10, 2017


Tuesday, April 11, 2:15-4:15pm

George Jared just completed his second book The Creek Side Bones…Reality is more horrifying than fiction. This book is an anthology of four separate murder cases. The book includes the ruthless slaughter of a family in Dalton, Arkansas, in 1998 and gives an update on the local Rebekah Gould case.  His book will be available for purchase and autograph at the event.

George Jared, an Arkansas true-crime writer and investigative journalist, is a reporter for Talk Business & Politics, covering issues related to Northeast Arkansas and the Delta.  

Poetry Slam with Molly Sroges
Tuesday, April 11, 5-6pm

Slam Poet Molly Sroges will conduct a poetry workshop that teaches the concept of slam poetry.  Following the workshop, a slam will be held.
Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it.