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Poetry Workshop
Please join us for a revitalized poetry workshop. All are welcome to participate! Be sure to read and make comments in advance on the three poems to be workshopped. Workshop Agenda: 1) Three participants will each have a poem workshopped by the group. 2) We'll look at and discuss examples of persona poetry, or poems written in the first person, from the point of view of someone who is not the writer. This will include parts of Tyehimba Jess' Pulitzer Prize-winning book Olio. Voluntary take-home challenge: Choose a photo or photos from a supplied pile of vintage snapshots (everyday, non-studio photographs from the late 19th/early 20th centuries - yes, Elisabeth has a rather eccentric hobby) and write a persona poem (in first person) from the point of view of someone(s) in the photograph(s). Reading materials can be found here ( 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 ( New to the workshop? Read this guide ( Want to give good feedback? Read this article ( Get directions and parking information ( Contact us ( Leader: Partridge Boswell and Elisabeth Blair

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Burlington Writers Workshop

110 Main Street, Studio 3C · Burlington, VT


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The Burlington Writers Workshop is a free creative writing workshop for all Vermonters. We're a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and our mission is to provide writers with free learning 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" ( 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 (

Where are you located? We're at 110 Main Street, Studio 3C in Burlington, Vermont. Learn more about our space (

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? All you have to do is ask. But please read these directions ( 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. (

I want to help with the creation of your annual anthology, The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop, or 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. (

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