Ozark Folkways is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, development, instruction, and celebration of regional arts and crafts.

Hours of Operation

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Sunday: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm (Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

How to Reach Us

Address:  22733 N Highway 71, Winslow, Arkansas • Phone: 479-634-3791 • Email: info@ozarkfolkways.org
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It’s Your Story, Get Close to It

Dialogue (and the Art of Skipping the Boring Parts)

Saturday, April 27, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

Dialogue — speech as spoken naturally between characters, in well-written form — makes narrative leap off the page. Done well, dialogue is lively and fun to read. Done well, it engages readers. Done well, dialogue also reveals character, and relationships between characters, as little else can. Done well, it moves plot forward smoothly and inevitably.

Done poorly, or not done at all, fiction and memoir, and many forms of non-fiction, lie flat and dull.

If you want to do dialogue and do it well, join this class. You’ll learn to listen to speech more effectively, and when, how, and where to use it in writing. You’ll discover how to create written speech that is unstilted and real, yet still achieves action and serves your story. Whether you’re an experienced writer and just starting out, you will hone and brighten your skills in writing revelatory, engaging, energized talk on the page. Your readers will thank you.

A Craft of Writing™ class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

It’s Your Story, Get Close to It

The Truth about “Show, Don’t Tell” (and the Art of Skipping the Boring Parts)

Saturday, May 4, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

It’s advice almost every writer has heard: “Show, don’t tell.” But what does it actually mean? And is it actually sound advice? If “showing” is so good, why is it so difficult? If “telling” is so bad, why do so many of us do it?

Get clear once and for all on the difference between a show and a tell. Learn to stop telling — even in exposition and transitions, two common places where writers of both novels and memoir bog down. Best of all, you’ll explore and discover how to show using your unique material, in the voice that belongs only to you.

A Craft of Writing™ class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Shaky Bugs Kids Concert

Saturday, May 11, 10:30 am

Celebrate spring with a high-energy song and dance party for ages under six! Ms. Jules and her guitar will lead the whole family in making music together and singing songs that will last forever.

Admission is free but any and all donations support Ms. Jules and the mission of Ozark Folkways.

For more information, contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Willi Carlisle in Concert

Saturday, May 11, 6:30 pm

Willi Carlisle is, according to The Washington Post, “powerful… both down-home and brainy.” With years of collecting folklore, playing or calling square dances, and working in the avant-garde, he is a multi-faceted writer, performer, and instrumentalist.

Admission is free but a $10 donation supports Willi and the mission of Ozark Folkways.

For more information, contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Fun and Easy Paper Making

Saturday, May 18 , 10am-2pm

Presented by Michele Clark

Learn how to make paper the easy and fun way–with scrap paper and junk mail! In this class Michele will teach us how to make paper, experiment with additives such as found objects and botanicals in  paper, and how to make cards, art or beautiful objects with your  paper.

Michele Clark is an artisan, writer, poet and speaker who lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She specializes in making paper, making art from that paper, and creating art and accessories from natural items such as bark, acorns, leaves, rocks, etc. She also makes quilted works, and does tie-dye and eco-printing on fabric. She has been an arts administrator at numerous art centers and universities during her career and is now the volunteer director of Tahlequah Creates, a new gallery, gift market and creative classroom in downtown Tahlequah.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

All equipment provided, but bring any of the following: old office paper, scrap colored paper, (no glossy magazines or envelopes) wildflower seeds, flowers and/or petals, leaves and several old towels. (You do not have to bring all of this–just what you have.

Cost is $45 and includes all instruction and materials. Class size limited to 10 adults and teens. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

It’s Your Story, Get Close to It

From Life to Memoir, Own Your Material (and the Art of Skipping the Boring Parts)

Saturday, May 25, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

A memoir is autobiographical, but it is not autobiography or even your life story. It is both smaller and larger than that.

It’s smaller because it is not the narrative of your whole life, but of part of it. In memoir, well-told related incidents, anecdotes, situations illustrate the protagonist (you) and how she or he undergoes significant inner and outer change.

And it’s larger, because even though it’s you, it isn’t you. If you tell your story vividly and truthfully enough, your memoir becomes transparent. If your before-during-and-after achieves this transparency, readers will be see themselves through your story.

In this class, we’ll explore finding out which memoir you want to write, and what its thematic thread might be. From there, you will learn basic memoir structures, the ways in which you can pick and choose life-events that support that thread, and liability concerns — what to do about other people you may mention in a less-than-favorable light.

Along with all this, you’ll learn to get close to your material — to write right through its heart (and yours), not around it.

A Craft of Writing™ class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

ABCs of Arkansas Summer Mushrooms

We’re sorry, but this event has SOLD OUT! If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, just email us and we will let you know if a seat opens up. Thank you!

Sunday, June 23, 10 am – 7 pm

This new PowerPoint presentation and foraging fungi workshop will focus on techniques used to identify wild mushrooms. Our morning presentation will be followed by a lunch break (brown bag it or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down home Southern cooking), then an afternoon foray in the Ozark National Forest to observe and collect mushrooms/fungi in their natural habitat.

Then we’ll gather our finds, head back to Ozark Folkways for a hands-on identification workshop followed by one of our ever mushroom-centric tasting experiences!

Jay Justice is a retired epidemiologist who formerly worked at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. He is a co-founder and scientific advisor for the Arkansas Mycological Society (1982) and a scientific advisor to the Cumberland Mycological Society as well as a chief mycologist for the Missouri Mycological Society.

Tickets are $50 per person and include the evening tasting experience. The event will be limited to 30 participants. As anyone who has attended one of Jay’s workshops in the past knows, these informative and delicious events fill up quickly! Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information, contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Edible, Poisonous and Medicinal Mushrooms of Arkansas

We’re sorry, but this event has SOLD OUT! If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, just email us and we will let you know if a seat opens up. Thank you!

Sunday, July 7, 10am-7pm

Presented by mycologist Jay Justice

Back by popular demand, this lecture and foraging workshop will focus on techniques used to identify which summer mushrooms are worth picking for culinary and medicinal purposes and those that are best to admire from a distance.

Our morning presentation will be followed by a lunch break (brown-bag it or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down-home Southern cooking) and an afternoon foray in the Ozark National Forest to observe and collect mushrooms in their natural habitat. Then we’ll gather our finds, head back to Ozark Folkways for a hands-on identification workshop followed by one of our ever popular soup to nuts mushroom-centric feasts!

Jay Justice is a retired epidemiologist who formerly worked at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. He is a cofounder and scientific advisor for the Arkansas Mycological Society (1982) and a scientific advisor to the Cumberland Mycological Society as well as a chief mycologist for the Missouri Mycological Society

Lodging is available across the street at SkyVue Lodge for those wishing to spend the weekend exploring the majestic Ozark National Forest!

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $50 per person and include the evening tasting experience. Class size limited to 30. Adults only please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Music on the Meadow

Fourth Sunday of every month, 5-7pm

Presented by Winslow Squirrel Jam

Join Winslow Squirrel Jam for an evening of music in the front room at Ozark Folkways. Bring an instrument, a singing voice, or just be prepared to do a little toe-tapping and hand-clapping. The songs are all familiar favorites, and lyrics and chord symbols will be projected on the big screen; everybody is encouraged to join in!

Most of the jammers have only been playing their instruments for a couple of years or less, so this is not a group that is going to intimidate a beginner — at the same time, experienced players will find themselves in a welcoming environment where their ability is recognized and appreciated. There’s something for everybody.

If you like, bring a snack and a beverage; this is not a concert, but rather a gathering of friends and neighbors looking to enjoy an evening of music and good company.

Admission is free to the public, although we encourage you to drop a few bucks in the tip jar to help pay the bills. For more information, just give us a call at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org.

Knitting Circle

Second Sunday of every month, 1pm – 4pm

Bring your needles and yarn, or use some from Folkways and join the circle!

Practice your craft and socialize with your friends at the same time at Ozark Folkways.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, though donations to support the mission of Ozark Folkways are welcome.

Introducing: “OZFOLK Clay Makerspace”

clayOZFOLK Clay Makerspace, is a fully functional clay studio at Ozark Folkways. Our studio includes:

  • 3 electric wheels
  • large slab-roller
  • work area
  • community tools
  • slips & glazes
  • raku kiln
  • computerized kiln

We offer community studio space during business hours – and after hours by arrangement!

$30 per month (clay and firing for a nominal fee)

For more information call us at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org