What we're about

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The Burlington Writers Workshop is a community of writers supporting writers to create their best work.

We're 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.

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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!

Fiction Workshop

Burlington Writers Workshop

Please join us for a Wednesday fiction workshop. We’ll focus on specific elements of the craft and give honest responses to the work. All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must. 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: Natasha Mieszkowski

Friday Morning Workshop

Burlington Writers Workshop

Please join us for a Friday morning workshop of any genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, whatever you have, we’ll take a look!). We’ll focus on specific elements of craft and give honest responses to the work. All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must. 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

Fiction Craft Workshop - Points of View

Burlington Writers Workshop

This is the third in a series of fiction/craft workshops. So far, we've explored ways to remove our "me" from our narrators and elements of backstory. This week's theme is Point(s) of view. Why write a novel with various points of view when it's hard enough to stick to one? In novels where the events filter through the consciousness of a single ‘reliable’ narrator, one may wonder, is this the whole story? Truth is often a multiplicity of perspectives, and sometimes the more viewpoints and versions of events there are, the closer the reader gets to an overarching truth. The reader's task is to put it all together. It helps to make sure your characters are not only distinct but are also moving the narrative forward: if they repeat events from their points of view without adding something new or creating mystery; we risk boring or confusing the reader. We won't ask for a submission for this workshop. Instead, let's each bring in a few pages of writing inspired by one of the examples you find in this file: 0119_burlington_POV.doc. You can find it here: http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/ Feel free to bring something you've started, or to try something entirely new. Bring writing materials, laptops and don't forget your charger. We'll read around the table and see where our conversation leads us! During the second hour, we'll work from prompts. Writers on all levels are welcome. 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/). Riki Moss is a BWW member since 2015, attending and leading workshops as she navigates a difficult draft in her second novel. Contact at [masked] Workshop leader: Riki Moss

Past events (1,718)

Literature Group

Burlington Writers Workshop

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