Village Writers' Club

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Village Writers Enjoy White County Conference

On September 3 Myra Rustin and Madelyn Young traveled to Searcy,Arkansas,to attend the 21st White County Creative Writers’ Conference at Harding University. Three featured speakers gave excellent presentations, and Myra and Madelyn enjoyed their day with 60 to 70 other writer friends from across the state.

Although unable to attend, Village Writer Jerry Davis won two contest awards: an Honorable Mention in Contest 7 "Good as Gold" Award and third place in Contest 6, "Whodunnit" Award. Congratulations, Jerry!

Our Village Writers’ Club also sponsored a contest calling for a humorous short story about a misunderstanding, 1500 words maximum. The top winners were present at the conference, and Madelyn was happy to congratulate them and take their photo:

1st place:”It’s the Thought that Counts,” by Peggy Sanders ($25)

2nd place: “A Perfect Fit,” by Layne Fleming ($15)

3rd place: “Drinking with Episcopalians,” by Fay Guinn ($10)

1st HM: “Mix-up,” by Gary Breezeel

2nd HM: “An Ozark Bride,” by Sara Gipson


Garland County Library will host a local author book fair Saturday, October 8th from 1-4 p.m.  Writers are invited to reserve a table to sell books and promote their works.  Tables are free, so please join us.  

To reserve a table or for more information contact 

Greg Wallace

Garland County Library


Registration for Hemingway-Pfeiffer Fall Writers' Retreat Now Open

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Fall Retreat will be held from November 7th through the 11th, and as usual it should be another great event! Andrea Hollander will serve as our mentor.

VWC has a few scholarship opportunities. Contact Mary Lou Moran if you or anyone you know is interested.

more information concerning registration and the retreat itself 

RE/MAX OF HSV Ambassador Program
Call for Poetry Submissions

RE/MAX of HSV is creating videos promoting Hot Springs Village. They would like to include a short poem in each video and want to involve Village Writers’ Club poets. This project is part of a new RE/MAX of HSV Ambassador Program.
This program is limited to Village Writers’ Club (VWC) poets. All interested VWC poets should submit poems on the topics listed below to Dannet Botkin at by the stated deadlines.

Selected poems will be published in the video with credit to the poet, and that poet will be able to share this on his/her website and social media. What a fantastic opportunity for our poets!
Deadlines for short poem entries are:
  • How Great It Is To Live in Hot Springs Village - deadline July 15
  • Fall Beauty in Hot Springs Village - deadline August 15
  • Golfing & Living in Hot Springs Village - deadline January 15, 2017
  • Trails & Living in Hot Springs Village - deadline February 15, 2017
  • Lakes & Living in Hot Springs Village - deadline March 15, 2017
  • Club Sports – Tennis, Pickleball, Bocce Ball etc. - deadline April 15, 2017
  • Possibly one about the Ouachita Mountain Region - deadline May 15, 2017
Submit your poetry as a Word document to Dannet Botkin at Include your full name, email address, phone number, website (if you have one), and the name of your poem.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Lou Moran at 501-226-9197 or Dannet Botkin at 501-209-2806.
Let’s get writing!


Photo Shots will be devoted to displaying photos of club events and awards. 

To find Photo Shots, go to the top right-hand corner on any page and hover over More.  From the drop-down menu, select Photo Shots.

Recent photos of Madelyn Young's workshop have been posted.  More to come as the year progresses.

The SAMPLER: Each month selections written by club members will be showcased.