GetSmArt! Workshops

Our GetSmART! Learning Series offers professional development opportunities to artists of all kinds. 


Sept. 21, 2019

Screenwriting in a Day

Alanna Hamill Newton

Learn the basics of screenwriting: structure, plot, character development and format. If you aren’t ready to put your screenplay out there, come anyway and learn or review the basics. This workshop will be a lively, hands-on day led by Alanna Hamill Newton. Bring an idea to work on and your laptop or tablet, and jump right in!

Alanna Hamill Newton is a professional screenwriter and actor. While living in Los Angeles, she and her partner, Robert Pucci, sold 14 feature screenplays to major film studios such as Columbia/Sony, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, MGM, Warner Brothers and HBO. She has written scripts for actors, including Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Joe Pesci, Goldie Hawn, Geena Davis and Sharon Stone. She now writes in Little Rock and teaches screenwriting at UALR.


Department of Arkansas Heritage
Diamond Conference Room
1100 North Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Event Date & Time: September 21 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Registration deadline: Sept.18
Cost: $15 and includes a box lunch and drink
Limit of participants: 30
Minimum of participants: 10
Contact: Robin McClea






Oct. 29, 2019

The Art of Grant Researching 

Brenda Maudlin

Learn the basics of researching grant opportunities through the Foundation Directory Online! Brenda Long Mauldin, owner of Grant Writing and Development Consulting, will present a hands-on workshop to introduce participants to the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online, which is used to find possible grant funding and grant-writing guidance. The Foundation Center is a leading source of information on philanthropy, fundraising and grant programs.

Mauldin, an Arkansas native who lives in Benton, has more than 25 years of experience in raising funds in Central Arkansas. She has worked for a variety of organizations and has helped secure grants or donations for arts, youth and hospice programs and more. She has firsthand experience in nonprofit management, administration, strategic planning, volunteer management, board development and fundraising.

She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Central Arkansas Library System                
100 S. Rock St.                 
Little Rock, AR 72201


Event Date & Time: Oct. 29 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Registration deadline: Oct. 23                
Cost: $15
Limit of participants: 14
Contact: Janet Perkins


More workshops are coming this fall. Learn more about our GetSmART! workshops by watching our video featuring Brenda Mauldin.