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.

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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

Mountain Music for Beginners

Saturday June 1, 11am – 5pm

Bring a guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass guitar, fiddle, or percussion instrument and learn to play and sing well-known folk classics in an encouraging atmosphere.

The workshop will conclude with a group recording of songs to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Smithsonian Folkways Records Music of the Ozark Mountains which was recorded in August, 1958, in Delaney, Arkansas. Each participant will receive a copy of the recording we make.

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Tickets are $50 per person. This workshop will be limited to 12 participants. 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

A Splash Of Paint: Intro To Watercolors

Saturday, June 8, 1pm-5pm

Presented by Mary Alink

In this fascinating introduction to watercolors, we will be introduced to various watercolor techniques, types and selection of various watercolor paints, brushes and papers, how to choose a subject, colors to use, layout and design. Perfect for beginners with no experience and intermediate painters who want to move to the next level, this class will be a great experience for anyone who loves this beautiful, classic art form.

A long time resident of Northwest Arkansas, Mary’s passion for art , her deep appreciation of nature and her love of color and texture shines through in her artwork and her love for teaching.

Cost is $45 and includes all materials and instruction. Class is limited to eight students.

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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

Sustainable Food Storage

Saturday, June 8, 2pm-4pm

Presented by Jasmine Lynn

In this hands-on workshop we will learn how to make reusable bowl covers and food wraps and bags with cotton fabric , beeswax and coconut oil. Looking for a fun and affordable way to limit your use of petroleum based plastics? A natural alternative to single use, expensive food wraps? Ideas on making a beautiful, unique and thoughtful gift? This class is for you!

Class participants will make and take home one set of assorted eco-friendly food wraps along with handy ideas on how to care for, store and embellish for gift giving.

Tickets are $25 per person and include all materials and instruction. Participants are encouraged to bring fabric scissors.

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The event will be limited to 10 participants, ages 15 and up. 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.)

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