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)

Romance Novel Writing Workshop

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Hungering for feedback on your romance novel in progress? If you are seeking constructive feedback on a romance novel (and have written at least 20 pages or 10K words), join us. Submit a draft of your manuscript or any self-contained section or element that you'd like read or analyzed. Need help on your synopsis, pitch packet or jacket cover? We can help with that too. We’ll take turns submitting our work and critiquing each other’s to tackle rough spots like the sagging middle, hero-heroine story lines, POV shifts, character development, voice, and plot problems. All types of romance novels are appropriate for this workshop including rom-coms, LGBTQ, romantic suspense, paranormal, Christian, historical, Regency ... any work where the main story line revolves around the resolution of a primary romantic relationship. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85349373090?pwd=REhWNTZiMXdaTW45YVJncmIwbUwyZz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] Dial by your location [masked] US (New York) THIS SESSION: We will discuss Stories by Millie and Liz as uploaded in the FILES Subsequent sessions will be held on alternate Thursday evenings. We’re interested in romance fiction of all types, including historical, rom-com, time travel, paranormal, Regency, horror, LGBTQ, Christian, and intriguing blends. We’ll focus on reading, critiquing and and learning techniques for tackling problems by working with our fellow authors. A key goal will be to develop the ability to provide intelligent and valuable feedback to each other (and thus learn how to write more powerfully ourselves). If this is your first time at this workshop, please email host Vicky Phillips at [masked], for important info. (If you send a message via MeetUp, make sure you have chosen to accept messages sent to you.) All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must. New to the workshop? Here’s some guidance on How to Participate: https://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/how-to-participate/ and on How to Give Good Feedback: https://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/2014/08/08/on-giving-feedback/ About the workshop leader… Vicky Phillips - Internet entrepreneur, writer, psychologist: Her debut novel series (as Daisy Pettles), "The Shady Hoosier Detective Agency," a humorous southern cozy mystery set in the fictitious town of Knobby Waters, Indiana (Pawpaw County), won the Gold Medal as Best Humor Book 2019 from the Indie Reader, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and the American Fiction Awards. Her debut series, workshopped with the BWW, was also an IPPY Award medalist as Best Cozy Mystery in the national Independent Book Publisher’s Awards. She is currently at work on a time-travel historical romance, "Where the Fog Dragons Dance," set between modern times and 1906 Victorian San Francisco.

Monthly Poetry Workshop

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Join Vermont poet Max Roland Ekstrom at this workshop focused on gaining insight into your own poetry, deepening your understanding of the lyric tradition, and connecting you with other poets. Max holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. His work appear frequently in literary journals and anthologies. For more information on your host, visit www.maxekstrom.com. This is an open, inclusive, and supportive workshop environment conducted over Zoom. Poets of all backgrounds and experience are welcome. Come prepared to discuss peer work respectfully. Our sessions start promptly. Agenda: 1. BWW News and Updates. 2. Introductions and hellos. 3. Poetry workshop. We will workshop up to three original poems. Please submit your poems one week in advance. First come, first serve! 4. Time allowing, we will discuss the poetic form, terza rima: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NbKu_0WN-r9LG2lGdPC8PgBw8yimU35QPAT4ivnbLyA/edit?usp=sharing Peer poems 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/).

Friday Morning Writers' Workshop

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Join us on Zoom each Friday morning as we discuss writing of any genre: fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, nonfiction, memoir, flash, poetry, or screenplay. Our Friday workshops take place each week using Zoom videoconferencing. Please, try to login 15 minutes before we begin to sort out your connections and chat with members. THIS SESSION: Three poems by Jeremy: https://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/simple-file-list/1030-OpenGenre-JV-3-pieces.pdf and Chapter one by Annie: https://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/simple-file-list/1030-OpenGenre-AM.pdf Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83763234086?pwd=eUk0dW11cGdOUWVwcENwNWZSam5mQT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] We typically accept submissions from 2-3 participants each week, depending upon length. Participants are expected to read and markup the works in advance, writing review comments of any size for the authors in preparation for a live discussion of the submissions. Prose submissions should be approximately 20 pages (Times New Roman font, 12 pt., double-spaced, PDF with page numbers please) or 3 poems. Sometimes, we split an hour between two prose authors who each wish to submit short “sketches” consisting of approximately 5-10 pages. The submitting author is placed in a virtual “isolation booth” while we discuss the work as if they are not in the room. We try to focus on specific elements of craft and give honest responses in open discussion. All are welcome to join from readers to writers at any level of accomplishment (including all types of wannabees). Preserving respect for each other is the intention while providing constructive criticism is the goal. Want to submit a request to have your work discussed? We ask that you attend at least one session as a participant before requesting to submit work for review. Scheduling future submissions is done during the workshop. We ask that submissions be uploaded at least five days in advance of the scheduled event (typically by the preceding Sunday night) in order to give sufficient time for readers to prepare. Reading material for upcoming sessions is provided for your review in advance. There may be work that “triggers” a negative response. You may choose to attend and contest the work, presenting your reaction to it as part of the process, or you may choose to skip that session. We do not set content restrictions upon participating authors. Submissions may be found here: https://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/. The naming convention provides you with the key: MMDD-OpenGenre-AuthInitials New to the workshop? Here’s a guide that you may find helpful: https://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/how-to-participate/ Want to give good feedback? Read this article https://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/2014/08/08/on-giving-feedback/

BWW Leadership Team Meeting on Zoom

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The Burlington Writers Workshop (BWW) Leadership Team includes the elected board members and anyone else who wishes to contribute ideas, opinions and solutions that initiate, renew, and sustain the programs this organization seeks to provide. Together, we create Action Teams as needed to accomplish specific goals. BWW encourages and appreciates your direct participation as we work to build a consensus leadership model. Join Zoom Meeting: AGENDA: 1.Review and Approve minutes from previous meeting: (https://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/BWW_minutes_Oct-4-2020.pdf)# 2. Strategic Planning Update on Progress: -- Proposed Strategic Plan to approve for Annual Mtg vote. 3. Finance Committee (should have another member) -- Present 2021 Annual Budget to approve for Annual Mtg vote. -- Important update on Donation Income shortfall below budget. ~Gradual move away from PayPal to online (no fee) bill pay -- Redefine Sustaining Donors to include large annual contributions 4. update on mailings to hosts and members–Nancy ~Implement training for MSR & CL reviewers & new workshop leaders (& vet skill levels)? How? Who? What? 5. Cold Lake Anthology: ~Update from Elaine and Nancy V. 6. Fundraising Committee ~Sept/Oct appeal final results; lessons learned. 7. Website comments/ideas 8. Events: Joint planning with LVW for Burlington Book Fest 2021

Past events (2,254)

Book Length Fiction Workshop

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