Thursday, July 05, 2018

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Ozarks Writers League

What a great day for OWL! We have three members who have stepped up to serve on the Nominating Committee, which will form the 2018 slate of officers for OWL members to consider in November. 
Caroline Giammanco has agreed to serve as chairperson, and OWLs Nancy Hartney and Bonnie Tesh will serve as committee members. THANK YOU to each of our volunteers. 
If you'd be interested in serving as an officer next year, please contact one of these fine OWLs to discuss it. 
Caroline can be reached at, Bonnie at, and Nancy at

Author Stephen Koch

ENCORE Poetry Book
In this 2018 edition of Encore, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies presents the top 150 prize-winning poems selected from nearly 7,000 submissions from states across the U.S., as well as the United Kingdom and Canada. The 50 contests challenged authors to write in many poetic forms, such as rondeau, trimeric, terza rima sonnet, minute, and villanelle. They also provoked fresh, personal interpretations of wide-ranging themes. The 2018 anthology is a collection to savor.

Pat Durman, member of the Free verse Group, Mountain Home, AR has the honor to be published in Encore.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ozarks Writers League

Dear OWLs, 

The Ozarks Writers League Board of Directors includes four officer positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. 

The bylaws state that no one can serve more than two consecutive terms in an officer's position. That means that both our President and Treasurer will not be able to serve another term as an officer.

We need a Nominating Committee to seek out next year's officers. If you would like to serve as an officer or would like to at least serve on the Nominating Committee. 

OWL's future depends on every member supporting the organization. We are all volunteers. 

Your OWL Board of Directors

Great group to learn from, and friends for support and knowledge. I been a member since 93 and had the honor of being vice-president.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Heroes Beneath the Waves June 2018 Book Review.

Thank you Robert DeVore (Editor)for placing this review for my book in the June 2018 issue of the Polaris (WWII Magazine.). It was an unsuspected surprise. Thank you and the WWII veterans for their support.

Jame "Pep" Washburn

One of my favorite authors.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

SCBMI Arkansas Conference

Don't miss out on the opportunity to attend Arkansas SCBWI's Conference, June 22-23. Early registration ends June 18 (to pay online by credit card/PayPal). Registration is available at the door on Friday, June 22 only, but you won't receive early registration pricing!
We have an exciting line-up for the 2018 Arkansas SCBWI Conference! Conference faculty includes Sarah Jane Abbott, assistant editor at Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster); Jessica Anderson, assistant editor at Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt & Company, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Group); and Natascha Morris, literary agent at BookEnds Literary Agency.
If you want a chance to pitch your book to the editors or agent, snag one of the few remaining pitch sessions today (member and non-member). Pitch sessions are on Friday night only. Illustrators can sign up for a portfolio consultation - contact if interested.
Also, if you know of anyone interested in writing or illustrating for children or young adults, pass the word on about our conference. For more information, visit

Monday, May 28, 2018

Posted: 26 May 2018 06:29 AM PDT
The Arkansas Branch of the National League of American Pen Women presents the 2018 Conference in North Little Rock June 1. Tamara Clymer of Cross River Media Publishing is the Saturday morning speaker with “Finding Your Target Audience” from a publishing viewpoint. For the afternoon, author Penni Jones offers her writerly perspective on “Finding Your Target Audience.” Breakout sessions by various presenters, buffet luncheon and publisher pitches fill the day. See for registration and full schedule.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kimberly Faye Greenberg Actress and Singer

Kimberly, is the daughter of a proud submarine veteran who a friend of mine. His service on the USS Sea Fox story can be found in Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Heroes Beneath the Waves Interview

Liberty Watch Radio , Charles Keller .
From Joel Greenberg -- Upcoming Radio Interview About Submarines and Submariners
Hi All:
On Sunday, April 8, 2018 Mary Nida Smith (author of HEROES BENEATH the WAVES) and I will be on our Tucson radio station KVOI, AM 1030, a Salem Radio Network station, noon local time.  We do not go to "Savings Time" here so it is equivalent to noon Pacific Daylight Time.  There is no top-of-the-hour news so tune in early.
We will be celebrating April 11th's 118 year birthday of our U.S. Submarine Service.
It is a one hour show titled America Armed and Free hosted by Charles Heller.  You can find KVOI's web-site (, click listen live and stream it live, or go to, go to the current shows, locate it and download or stream it from there (sometime after the show gets uploaded to the web).
Listen live and call in if you would like.  (520) 790-2040.  Tell others about this program.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI-AR)

The Arkansas Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Conference is June 22-23 in Central Arkansas.
Conference faculty includes Sarah Jane Abbott, assistant editor at Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster); Jessica Anderson, assistant editor at Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt & Company, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Group); and Natascha Morris, literary agent at BookEnds Literary Agency.
The conference will offer a dinner, genre meetings and pitch sessions on June 22 (North Little Rock Community Center, North Little Rock). Conference sessions, lunch and critiques are on June 23 (Butler Center, Little Rock).
Opportunities are available for writers and artists to receive feedback on their manuscripts and portfolios. Remember that spaces for consultations are limited, so sign up early if you want to secure a spot.
Registration opens today:

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Village Writing School Update

Join us Wednesday, April 11, 2018, for a one-day event to take your historical fiction to the next level. This online summit will help you:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book: The Poetry of US

The Poetry of US: More than 200 poems that celebrate the people, places, and passions of the United States Hardcover –  Release date.September 25, 2018 I  am honored to have a poem include. About six months before it arrives at my house.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring and Dogwoods


Be patience, spring will arrive soon
beauty will fill the landscape
your eyes will drink it in
your soul will rejoice.
you will shout with love
Gosh, Spring, I am glad to see you.
(c) Mary Nida Smith

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


The twofold mission of the Village Writing School is to help beginning and established writers develop their craft and to foster a vibrant literary community in the Northwest Arkansas region.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Louella "Ellie" Bryant Author Lots of special books written by Ellie. She is a relative of mine ... check her books and purchase.

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Poetry of US: National Geographic Children's Books

The Poetry of US: More than 200 poems that celebrate the people, places, and passions of the United States  I feel blessed to be one of the 200 in this book

Pep Washburn Books Info                   

For those of you interested in a Kindle version of my latest book, "Beyond the Last Oak: 77 Ultra Short Stories of Mindfulness and Contemplation," it is now available on Amazon. Also, my first book is out in audiobook format and Kindle as well. That title is "Touching Spirit: The Letters of Minominike." Look them up for more information. Two books I want to read.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Ozarks Writers League February 16-17 2018

Don't forget: 
·  To register for the conference!
·  To register for the meal (Yummy! Panera Bread).
·  To  reserve a room at Honeysuckle Inn & Conference Center. Call them at (417) 335-2030.
·  Bring a haiku about OWL or a favorite book.
·  Bring a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine, wrap them, and then buy a chance to get it back! 
·  Let me know if you plan to read your work at OPEN MIC on Friday evening.
·  Order a t-shirt from OWL!
See you soon!
Lori Ericson

Ozarks Writers League

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Village Writing School Linda Apple

Linda Apple will present a workshop called “Writing from your Soul” on Saturday,  January 20, from  9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Village Writing School, Rogers.

During the morning session, “From Any Worldview”, participants will learn what inspirational writing is, what it isn’t, how to find their story, and how to write it in a way that connects with their readers.

The afternoon session, “Writing for the Christian Devotional Market,”will focus on individual faith experiences that inspire and encourage others.  For more information and registration, go to the Village Writing School site

Navel Undersea Museum Heroes Beneath the Wave

Below Decks Log USS Sea Fox (SS-402) Association Newsletter Winter 2018 Edition - Copied from Sea Fox get-together report. Silverdale, Wa Oct 017 --
Jerry arranged for us to have a guided tour of the Naval Undersea Museum which was so chock full of information and items from submarines that we couldn’t fit it all in with the few hours we had there. In the gift shop at the museum, Jerry Foss and Joel Greenberg had authored a section in a submarine book titled: “Heroes Beneath the Waves” so we bought copies and had Jerry autograph them for us. Editor Joel M. Greenberg I can't thank Joel enough for all the support he and the Sea Fox members have provide for, "Heroes Beneath the Waves".

Monday, January 08, 2018


This is the latest update I’ve heard regarding Dusty and Pat Richards. They are both still in the hospital and have a long road of rehabilitation in front of them. Dusty is off the ventilator, awake, and trying to talk, but is unintelligible at this time. Pat is off the ventilator, but is paralyzed from the waist down. You can send cards to P. O. Box 6460, Springdale, AR 72766. Please keep them and the family in your prayers. 
Jacqueline Woodson Named 6th National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, 2018-2019

Village Lake Writers and Poets