Exploring the Interview Process with Dr. Lourene Thaxton

Dr. Lourene Thaxtor, Adjunct English Instructor, National Park Community College, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Do you seek fresh ideas for writing? Would you like to find a historical context in which to incorporate a fictional theme? Are there questions about a way of life or a generation of persons about whom you might wish to explore possibilities for writing?

Come explore the value of personal and professional interviews with Dr. Lourene Thaxton and the Village Writers’ Club on Monday, October 24, at the Home Plate Cafe, 5110 N Highway 7, Hot Springs Village.

Perhaps techniques for conducting the perfect interview could be the next idea to remove writer’s block for you! Aside from revealing valuable information within the interview itself, conducting interviews may open new means of personal contacts for the avid writer.

Dr. Thaxton, a professional educator for thirty-eight years, has taught nearly every grade from Kindergarten through college level. She developed a passion for writing while teaching sixth-graders. “The writing process for adults is much the same as for adolescents, but the subject matter varies.”

While working on her dissertation from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. Thaxton interviewed professors at the University of Kansas as to their techniques in designing curricula in modalities for critical thinking. She currently teaches in an adjunct capacity in the English Department at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has two married children, four grandchildren, and a bulldog named Giselle.

Village Writers’ Club members and guests will enjoy an informal read-around at 11:15 a.m., sharing their prize-winning pieces or works-in-progress, followed by a “Dutch treat” lunch at noon and Dr. Thaxton’s program, ”Exploring the Interview Process,” from 1-2 p.m. Reservations required; contact Joyce Anderson—(501) 922-9077. For more information, check out Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club online at http://www.villagewritersclub.com.


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Hot Springs Village Community Fair

Village Writers' Club Publishing Panel

I’m always amazed at how many clubs and organizations are in Hot Springs Village. Yesterday, I attended the eighth annual Community Fair, hosted by the Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association.

“Approximately 50 clubs, organizations, churches and leagues have signed up to participate in the 2011 community fair” (Hot Springs Village Voice).

Of course, I’ve already joined the Village Writers’ Club, but I picked up brochures for the Carousel Theater, the HSV Camera Club, the Computer Club, the Friends of the Coronado Center Library, the Village Branch of the American Association of University Women, and several others.

Obviously, there is a club for any and every interest you might have here in Hot Springs Village.

Photo/KarenJordan (Janet Holt, Dr. Larry Enders, Linda Black, and Elizabeth Foster)

Have you ever visited Hot Springs Village? What sites or facts did you discover?

Village Writers Club


I attended the first meeting for the 2011-12 season at the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club. The meeting began with several members sharing their prize-winners or works-in-progress. Then, we enjoyed a great lunch from Home Plate Cafe. Before the business meeting, published authors–Janet Holt, Dr. Larry Enders. Linda Black, and Elizabeth Carroll Foster–discussed “Publishing:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”

Our next meeting in Monday, October 24. Dr. Lourene Thaxton, adjunct writing instructor at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, will present “Entertain the Interview.”

Writer and Village Explorer


Exploring Nonnie's Backyard

Welcome to Karen’s WAVE! I called this blog Karen’s WAVE (Writer and Village Explorer), because I think that might best describe me at this point in my life. I’m a writer, and I just moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. So, I’m still exploring the Village right now.

New blog. I’ve wanted to start a new blog on WordPress.com where I could start fresh, writing on any subject that happened to be on my mind. I think this will be a good way to tear down the writer’s block that seems to get in my way at times. But I haven’t figured out all the features of WordPress.com. So, bear with me on that. By the way, if you have any WordPress suggestions, I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Random thoughts. On this new blog, I can write about the things that are on my mind–whether that’s faith, family, writing, photography, exercise, diet, or nothing at all. In fact, this post might seem like my endless rambling. But if you knew me at all, you would know that I tend to get distracted at times. And sometimes I don’t even finish my sentences or thoughts. Like now ….

Bad language. So, if you want to come along for the ride, I’d love to chat with you. Just leave a comment. But please, be sure your comments are not crude, rude, or obscene. I’ve got children and grandchildren, you know.

Online links. By the way, you can find my website at http://www.karenjordan.net and my other blog at http://blog.karenjordan.net. But I’m warning you, I’m revising all my online sites at all times–so beware! That’s just part of being a writer, I guess (constant revisions).

Fav quote. I’ll end this post with a great quote that one of my favorite writing teachers, Dr. Sally Crisp, at UALR (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) shared with me: ‎”Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” (Ms. Frizzle, Magic School Bus).

WAVE!!! [I’ve gotta find some clip art for my closing! Any suggestions?]

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