The Burlington Writers Workshop is a free writing workshop for all Vermonters. Whether you've been writing for years or you're new to the craft, you will enjoy the company of our intelligent, passionate workshop members. We discuss fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, poetry, drama, screenplays--if you've written it, we'll read it and provide feedback for you. Our workshops are held twice weekly in downtown Burlington. Join us, sign up for a workshop, and enjoy!
You'll find more information at burlingtonwritersworkshop.com.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
There is no charge. It's free! You may choose to make automatic monthly contributions ($12/month) to help pay for the publication of our annual anthology or other workshop-related expenses, but this is optional.
Who can join?
Anyone, though we prefer people over the age of 18 because our writing is often not suitable for children. If you're still in high school, you may enjoy the Young Writers Project.
What kind of writing do you discuss?
Any kind of prose and poetry. If you wrote it, we'll read it.
How do I get feedback for my work?
Sign up for a meeting. Attend it. And then ask the organizer of that meeting to put you on our schedule.
Where do you meet?
Usually at Half Lounge in downtown Burlington, please join the group to find out, because this changes.
Wait, did you say it was free?
Yup, we did. And it's true. Workshops are free, and so are the public readings and movie nights.
Where do I find the reading materials for the next meeting?
Right here. If you're wondering what the reading assignment is for a particular meeting, consult the schedule, then look for something posted recently by someone with that name.
How long are the meetings?
Usually they last about an hour or an hour and a half.
Why do the meetings have such weird names?
Our meetings take their titles from lines found in stories, essays, and poems we discuss in our workshops. Out of context, they still retain a special kind of resonance. Sometimes, though, they're just funny. Who wouldn't want to attend a meeting called "Doo Doo Boing Boing Haha Yippie Doink Doink"? But seriously, these titles have nothing to do with what we're reading/discussing on that day.
What if I haven't published anything?
That's okay! If you keep writing and revising your work and your goal is to be a published writer, then you'll succeed. And we'll help!
Where can I see group reviews?
I want to help with the creation of your annual anthology, The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop. How can I get involved?
You must be a member of the workshop to help with the book. That means you must join this group and provide feedback to your fellow writers. Once you're a member, you can participate, either by submitting work or editing or helping with the design.
I've heard the BWW is partnered with local organizations. Is that true?
Yes! BWW writers provide blog entries for The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. We also provide the content for Vermont Stage Company's 2013 production of "Winter Tales." We've worked with Burlington City Arts in writing about art. And we're always open to partnering with other organizations that want to provide opportunities for BWW writers to showcase their work.
I have more questions that you haven't answered. How do I contact you?
Send me an email: email@example.com