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+)

Book Length Fiction Workshop

Burlington Writers Workshop

Have you been hungering for helpful feedback about a novella (20K words and up) 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. We meet on alternate Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30, at the Burlington studio. 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). Feel free to email host [masked] with questions and suggestions. All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must. 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/ Leader: Dick Matheson

Friday Morning Workshop

Burlington Writers Workshop

This weekly workshop follows the MFA model, wherein two writers submit original work each week in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplay, graphic novel, etc.). Participants are expected to read and review the work with a focus on specific elements of craft in order to provide informed responses to each writer's work. We split the time equally, placing the submitting writer in a virtual box, while participants discuss each work as if the writer was not there. All skill levels are welcome including emerging writers in search of a method to begin trusting and cultivating their skills. Submitting work is not a requirement. We encourage reading, reviewing and dialogue as one of many ways to strengthen writing. 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

Community Bagel Brunch

Burlington Writers Workshop

The membership committee invites you to a bagel brunch at the Burlington Studio, 110 Main St., Suite 3C (3rd floor). Take a brief respite from your wordsmithing and join us for a social hour with your workshop compatriots. This is a chance to relax, mingle across genres, and eat a lot. Friends and family welcome. Hope to see you there! Even More Details... http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/2019/04/09/breaking-bread-breaking-boundaries-bww-community-bagel-brunch-apr-27/

Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Burlington Writers Workshop

Join us for a discussion of creative nonfiction submitted by BWW members. We’ll focus on specific elements of the craft and give honest responses to the work. In this workshop, you may submit essays, lyric essays, poetry, or journalism. 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: Wendy Andersen

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Fiction: Craft Workshop

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