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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Author to head virtual workshop celebrating women’s stories – Northwest Arkansas Democrat

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Women’s stories

Author and biographer Janis F. Kearney heads an Arkansas Arts Council virtual writing workshop, titled “Women Writing Stories: Messages from Our Mothers and Other Women in Our Lives,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 15 via Zoom.

The workshop, which the Arts Council calls “a celebration of women, their lives, their voices and their stories,” will include tips on writing short memoirs, good-writing techniques and “conquering the fear involved with sharing our lives,” according to a news release. It’s free; registration is required through Eventbrite at

Participants in the Arts Council’s March “Still I Rise” writing workshops can email stories to [email protected] a week in advance to get feedback from Kearney before the workshop. For more information, call (501) 324-9775.

Filmland returns

The Arkansas Cinema Society will offer Filmland 2021, Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in downtown Little Rock, after the pandemic shifted the 2020 festival to a drive-in format.

The society is accepting festival submissions through Aug. 14 in the “Arkansas” category: films made in Arkansas, by an Arkansas filmmaker (producer, director, writer) or featuring an Arkansan in a key role (actor; production, costume or sound designer; composer; editor; cinematographer; animator; visual effects; makeup and hair; or first assistant director).

Submit short films and features for consideration on FilmFreeway at Society members receive half-off submission fees. Filmmakers whose work is selected must be available to participate in a conversation about the film during the festival. Visit

Jazz residencies

Atlanta-based nonprofit regional arts organization South Arts is accepting applications through July 1 for the second phase of its national jazz initiative, Jazz Road Creative Residencies, through which performers can apply for $5,000-$40,000 grants to develop personalized residencies “and further explore their artform,” according to a news release.

Program Director Sara Donnelly explains that “artists will have the flexibility to design and

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