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+)

Montpelier Meeting of the Burlington Writers Workshop

Montpelier Senior Activity Center

Writers of all genres and skill levels are welcome to join us for this regular Montpelier meeting of BWW. We'll discuss the writing of two authors who have arranged to submit work in advance. All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must. The readings for this workshop can be found at: http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/ If you’re new to the BWW, please read this guide (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/how-to-participate/) 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/montpelier ). Want to give good feedback? Read this article ( http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/2014/08/08/on-giving-feedback/ ). Please feel free to contact us (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/contact-2/) with any questions. Workshop Leader:Eva Gumprecht

Poetry Workshop

Burlington Writers Workshop

Poetry Workshop 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate - please be sure to RSVP here on Meetup.com. If you are able to, please print, read, and make comments in advance on the three poems to be workshopped. If you are unable to print them in advance, extra copies will be available at the workshop. Those reading materials can be found here - look for files that include the date of this workshop: http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/ Workshop Agenda: 1. Three poems (by three participant poets) will be workshopped by the group. 2. We'll take a look at alternative uses of punctuation in poetry, examining a range of poets who have used creative license with punctuation, and discuss what techniques are and aren't successful for us individually as readers and writers. The take-home challenge will be to write a poem employing punctuation in a way that is new to your practice. 3. If anyone did the take-home challenge from the last workshop, we'll briefly share those. 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

Burlington Writers Workshop

Friday Morning Workshop 10:30 a.m. 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

Book Length Fiction Workshop

Burlington Writers Workshop

Have you been hungering for helpful feedback about a novella 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. After this first meeting, we'll meet on alternate Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30. 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). At this initial meeting, we'll decide on which of several different approaches we'll take. We might take turns reading 30,000 word sections of each other's books. We might break into reading subgroups to be able to get to each writer sooner. We might decide to read entire books for each workshop, perhaps spaced out more. We might focus sequentially on specific craft elements of our own writing; for example, openings, pacing, scene, character, etc. We will sometimes offer an educational element about craft elements, and workshop members can research and present some of them. When you sign up for this workshop, please email host [masked] because often I'll write a detailed welcome note on the MeetUp message system and when I send it, it says 'This person does not accept messages'. If more than 12 people respond to this formative meeting, we'll welcome everyone on the waitlist to join us. All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must. Reading materials can be found here (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/). New to BWW? 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: Dick Matheson

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