What we're about

The Burlington Writers Workshop (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/) (BWW) is a community of writers supporting writers to create their best work.

BWW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to meet writers where they are, and provide them with opportunities that help them develop as artists and professional writers. We host workshops in Burlington, Montpelier, and Middlebury. We also host occasional panel discussions, readings, and networking opportunities with experienced, professional writers. To ensure access for all, everything we do is free of charge.

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. Join us, sign up for a workshop, and enjoy! Please read "The Rules" (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/how-to-participate/) before you attend (they're really simple and ensure that our discussions are productive and fun). Below are some Frequently Asked Questions.

How much does it cost? There is no charge. It's free! But you can make tax-deductible donations through PayPal (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/donate).

Where are you located? We're at 110 Main Street, Studio 3C in Burlington, Vermont. Learn more about our space (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/location).

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. (http://www.youngwritersproject.org/)

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? All you have to do is ask. But please read these directions (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/get-involved/how-to-participate/) first.

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? Right here. (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/testimonials/)

I want to help with the creation of your annual anthology of member workor your literary journal, Mud Season Review. How can I get involved? You must be a member of the workshop to help with these projects. 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'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? By clicking here. (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/contact-2/)

Upcoming events (5+)

Middlebury Chapter of the Burlington Writers Workshop

Ilsley Public Library

We are a respectful, engaged group of writers welcoming all skill levels and genres. New to the workshop? Please take a moment and read this guide (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/how-to-participate/). The purpose of this workshop is to look closely at each other's work and help cultivate, inspire, and strengthen our individual craft. Once submitted, workshop pieces can be found here (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/). We will spend approximately 45 minutes discussing each piece. We also encourage participants to provide written reactions. Above all else, our meeting space is a sanctuary and respecting the privacy of the writer is paramount. By participating we agree not to discuss an author's work or a participant's feedback with those not involved. What happens in basement of the library, stays in the basement of the library. Please take a moment to read this article (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/2014/08/08/on-giving-feedback/) on offering productive feedback. While not a "rule," giving feedback can be a craft in of itself, and the guidelines offered are useful. If you wish to submit a piece for our group, please go to the BWW main site, and choose "Middlebury Workshops" (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/middlebury/). You will find directions for submitting on that page. Please make sure you have attended a BWW workshop, and given feedback to others, before you submit your own piece (as per BWW guidelines). Please request early and have your piece posted exactly one week in advance of the workshop you have chosen so that we all have time to dedicate to it. *Writers whose pieces are being workshopped are welcome, but not required, to bring a simple refreshment to share with their readers. Looking forward to having you join us!

Book Length Fiction Workshop

Burlington Writers Workshop

Have you been hungering for helpful feedback about a novella (20K words and up) or novel (of any genre) that you have begun writing, have completed, or are on the nth revision of? Please come to this meeting of the Book Length Fiction Workshop. Because we're looking at longer works, we may form a somewhat close-knit group of ongoing participants while remaining open to new people joining as well. We meet on alternate Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30, at the Burlington studio. We're interested in fiction anywhere in Orson Scott Card's MICE Quotient, meaning your book doesn't have to be a romantic or popular style novel. It might be fantasy, noir, horror, science fiction, humor, or whatever. Not interested in reading some of those? We'll focus on how to read, analyze, and provide helpful feedback to our fellow authors even if we “have never read” and are “not interested in” their genre. Why? Because by improving our ability to read and recognize good writing, we'll spot features of our own writing that we can improve. A key goal will be to develop our ability to provide intelligent and valuable feedback to each other (and thus learn how to write more powerfully ourselves). Please email host [masked] when you sign up for your first Fiction Book workshop or any time with questions and suggestions. All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must. New to the workshop? Here's some guidance: http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/how-to-participate/. Want to give good feedback? http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/2014/08/08/on-giving-feedback/ ). Get directions and parking information http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/about/location/directions-parking/ Leader: Dick Matheson

Poetry Workshop

Burlington Writers Workshop

Please join us for a poetry workshop. Meeting Agenda: 1. Group Workshopping: Three poems (by three separate poets) will be workshopped by the group. NOTE: These poems can be in any style, any form, on any topic. 2. Themed Discussion: Topical poems are about current events or contemporary society. We'll explore a variety of topical poems, and touch on topical folk songs, as well. The voluntary take-home challenge: Respond poetically to something in this week’s news (and if you'd like a further challenge, submit it to Poets Respond) https://www.rattle.com/respond/ If you do this challenge, bring that poem with you the next time you come to the workshop and there will be time at the end to briefly share it. 3. Sharing Poems Inspired by the Last Session: If anyone did the take-home challenge from the last workshop, we'll briefly share those with the group. Reading materials can be found here (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/). Want to submit a request to have your work discussed or find out which writers are up for discussion at this workshop? Check our schedule (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/burlington/). New to the workshop? Read this guide (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/how-to-participate/). Want to give good feedback? Read this article (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/2014/08/08/on-giving-feedback/). Get directions and parking information (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/about/location/directions-parking/) Contact us (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/contact-2) Leader: Elisabeth Blair

Friday Morning Workshop - 10-minute Plays

Burlington Writers Workshop

The Vermont Playwrights Circle (VPC) is seeking scripts for the Twelfth TenFest, a ten-minute play festival to be held at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, Vermont. This session will be devoted to live-reading each of the four plays that are in development. You will be asked to assume a character and read that part aloud. We'll time the plays and then discuss each afterward. At the June 7 workshop, Dick Matheson brought in a page from the current State of the Arts section of Seven Days. The article, Vermont Playwrights Circle Seeks 'Fantasy' 10-Minute Plays for Festival (https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/vermont-playwrights-circle-seeks-fantasy-10-minute-plays-for-festival/Content?oid=27659749) sparked a discussion about how we BWW members might respond. With a postmark deadline set for July 1, 2019, and ten days left to work, we invite you to develop a 10-minute play written and workshopped by participants over this and the final session. A "Vermont playwright" is defined by VPC as anyone who currently lives in Vermont, was born in Vermont or who has lived in Vermont for three months consecutively at some point in his or her life. Start by building a rough story draft (1-3 pages) or a full play. Then, upload it to the files page as 0621-Burlington-(your initials) and RSVP for this workshop where we will discuss all of the submissions. There will be no limit on the number of writers who may submit works for review in this Friday morning session. According to TenFest founder and VPC board vice president Jeanne Beckwith, "The play can't be just a dialogue. It has to have a beginning, a conflict and a resolution... It's got to have everything that a full play has, but in 10 minutes." More here: http://www.vtplays.com/ A ten-minute play is usually no longer than 8-10 typed pages. Only plays with five or fewer characters will be considered. You may only submit one play and there is no reading/submission fee. The ten winning selections will be performed at “FantasyFest: A TenFest Halloween Extravaganza” opening on October 31 and running through November 3 at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield. The VPC website explains that the show will consist of only plays on "...the fantastic, the weird and the wonderful." Specifically, they are looking for plays of a "speculative nature, dealing with fantasy, fairy tales, science fiction, and horror." We hope to inspire you to create the concept for your 10-minute play first, as a short story, up for discussion. But if you become truly inspired over the next few days and want to start building a play here are some basic guidelines on one-act play writing and formatting https://whartoncenterassets.com/tcoh/pdfs/1819/YPF/YPF-sample-script.pdf. Standard Playwriting Format: Act and Scene headings are centered. Character's names are centered and capitalized. Stage directions are indented one tab and italicized. Character's names in stage directions are capitalized. Parenthetical stage directions are used for small actions. I look forward to seeing what we can cook up! You do not have to write a rough draft or a play in order to participate in the Friday Workshop - just read and review if you prefer. Reading materials can be found here (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/). Want to submit a request to have your work discussed or find out which writers are up for discussion at this workshop? Check our schedule (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/burlington/). New to the workshop? Read this guide (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/how-to-participate/). Want to give good feedback? Read this article (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/2014/08/08/on-giving-feedback/). Get directions and parking information (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/about/location/directions-parking/) Contact us (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/contact-2) Leader: Stephen Kastner

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