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Fall Literature Reading Series
Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” is a novel that is both universally acclaimed and fundamentally misunderstood. While it was once so ubiquitously revered as to have been a staple in high school classrooms, has provided fodder for decades of children’s book adaptations, and even inspired a rollicking adventure film starring Gregory Peck, its status as one of the foremost experimental novels in American literature often goes unseen. Foreshadowing the genre-blurring, philosophically chaotic, and endlessly playful work of postmodernists like Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo while using the framework of the traditional adventure novels with which Melville himself first found fame as an author, “Moby Dick” is as elusive as it is engaging, as complex as it is eminently readable, and contains some of the most electric, Shakespearean-grade linguistic feats to be found in American fiction, both before its publication and since. In other words, it is exactly the type of behemoth (pun intended) that the Burlington Writer’s Workshop’s Literature Series was made to tackle. Indeed, it has been suggested as a potential candidate for group discussion so many times that we eventually decided to “sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.” In order to accommodate the length of his particular novel, we will be adding one week onto our normally 8-week-long Fall Lit. Series, beginning September 25 and ending November 20. Here's the reading schedule: Chapters 1-14: September 25 Chapters 15-31: October 2 Chapters 32-42: October 9 Chapters 43-54: October 16 Chapters 55-73: October 23 Chapters 74-88: October 30 Chapters[masked]: November 6 Chapters[masked]: November 13 Chapters 126-Epilogue: November 20

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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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