• Writing with Spirit

    Burlington Writers Workshop

    Writing With Spirit 6:30 p.m. This is a group to practice spontaneous, from-the heart writing. Creativity as play. To let it flow, not knowing what’s coming next, just letting ourselves write for 45 minutes, trusting the creativity that is within. This is a modification of the Amherst method developed by Pat Schneider and is perfect for people just entering the writing life or experienced writers needing to break out of a rut or block. We start with a brief reading, a short meditation, and then write from a prompt. The last 45 minutes involves reading of our pieces (only if you choose) and feedback that is NOT critique but hearing/reflecting without judgment what unique expressions have come from each writer. The goal is to develop a trust in one’s own creativity and the group and perhaps discover the germ of a scene, poem, or story. Get directions and parking information http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/about/location/directions-parking/ Leader: Nancy Kilgore, a graduate of the Radcliffe Writing Seminars, has a background as an ordained minister and psychotherapist specializing in spirituality and meditation. She is the author of two novels: Wild Mountain (Green Writers Press, 2017) and Sea Level (RCWMS, 20110) and a writing coach. nancykilgore.com

  • 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

  • Lit Group

    Burlington Writers Workshop

    “After tackling the postmodern bricolage of George Perec’s “Life a User’s Manual’ and, most recently, Anna Burns’s recently published and widely fêted “Milkman”, the Summer Lit. Series at the Burlington Writer’s Workshop will be pivoting to something more widely known, if not necessarily more widely read. From June 11th through August 20th, we will be meeting every Tuesday at the BWW headquarters to discuss “The Brothers Karamazov”, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s epic murder mystery/courtroom drama/novel of family dynamics. The novel focuses on the patriarch of the Karamazov clan, Fyodor Pavlovich, and his three sons: the impulsive and sensual Dmitri, the coldly rational Ivan, and the healthy, young and pure Alyosha. Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life, its social and spiritual strivings, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture. We will be reading the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation, multiple editions of which will be available at your local bookstore or online. Hope to see you on June 11th!” Here are the weekly page divisions. I’ve actually spread the book out over 11 weeks, as there always tends to be at least one Tuesday on which the majority of the group is unable to attend (in the past, it has been around the 4th of July). Whatever the reason, this way we will have the luxury of rescheduling a meeting if the need arises, while the average page count will remain at about 65 pages per week. Here are the dates and all relevant info: 6/11: Note “From the Author”, All of Book 1 - Book 2, Chapter 5 6/18: Book 2, Chapter 6 - Book 3, Chapter 6 6/25: Book 3, Chapter 7 - Book 4, Chapter 5 7/2: Book 4, Chapter 6 - Book 5, Chapter 5 7/9: Book 5, Chapter 6 - All of Book 6 7/16: All of Book 7 - Book 8, Chapter 7 7/23: Book 8, Chapter 8 - Book 9, Chapter 6 7/30: Book 9, Chapter 7 - All of Book 10 8/6: Book 11, Chapter 1 - Book 11, Chapter 8 8/13: Book 11, Chapter 9 - Book 12, Chapter 7 8/20: Book 12, Chapter 8 - All of Epilogue

  • Songwriting Workshop

    Burlington Writers Workshop

    •What we'll do -Discuss songwriting in a open, collaborative environment. -Share songs that we've written, give and receive constructive feedback from other songwriters. Leader: Seth Melvin Cronin More about our workshop leader Songwriter https://www.facebook.com/sputoola and previously https://open.spotify.com/album/2KgjGq1QXS8g6V9QTYmbOH#_=_ • What to bring a song that you've written optionally copies of lyrics and chords optionally an instrument (A cappella/karaoke also encouraged!) • Important to know Make new friends Learn new things Write new songs

  • Friday Morning Writers' Workshop

    Burlington Writers Workshop

    Join us for a Friday morning workshop discussion of your work in any genre: fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, nonfiction, poetry, or screenplay. This session will feature a story by Will M: http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/simple-file-list/0823-Burlington-Will.pdf And we have an open slot available... We accept the submissions of two participants each week, devoting an hour to each. We'll read and markup the work in advance, writing review commentary for the author, and prepare to discuss their submission. We put the submitting author in a virtual "isolation booth" and discuss the work as if you are not at the table. We try to focus on specific elements of craft and give honest responses in open discussion. All are welcome to join from readers and reviewers to writers at any level of accomplishment (including all forms 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 or find out which writers are up for discussion at this workshop? We ask that you attend at least one session as a participant before requesting to submit. Check the schedule here: (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/burlington/). 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 our participant authors. Submissions may be found here: (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/). The naming convention provides you with the key: MMDD-Burlington-AuthInitials New to the workshop? Here's a guide that you may find helpful: (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 here: (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/about/location/directions-parking/) Leader: Stephen Kastner [masked]

  • Master Class by Chris Tebbetts: Improvisation and Play for Writers

    Burlington Writers Workshop

    This hands-on two-hour writing workshop led by Chris Tebbetts will include an introduction to improv and play as they apply to creativity in general and to writing in particular—from generating story ideas, to first drafting, all the way into revision. It will include a variety of interactive exercises focused on identifying our own core material, learning to trust our instincts as a practical matter, and getting that work in progress another step closer to the finish line. For those of you new to BWW in the last year or so, Master Classes are an opportunity to move above and beyond what we get in our workshops. Chris just released his latest published book, "Me, Myself, and Him, a Novel." https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/39116/20190715/chris-tebbetts-ya-novel-me-myself-and-him-explores-two-possible-futures If you want to know more about Chris, take a look at http://christebbetts.com/about-me and you can move from there to take a look at his more than a dozen published books, a few cowritten with Jeff Probst of the Survivor TV show, others in collaboration with bestselling author and educational philanthropist, James Patterson. I attended one of Chris's classes, and he's more than a skilled and imaginative writer; he also prepares and presents a great learning experience for other writers. And he's got more than one class up his sleeve, so if this Master Class is overbooked, maybe we can get him back for another.

  • Middlebury Chapter of the Burlington Writers Workshop

    Ilsley Public Library

    We are a respectful, engaged group of writers welcoming all skill levels and genres. New to the workshop? Please take a moment and read this guide (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/how-to-participate/). The purpose of this workshop is to look closely at each other's work and help cultivate, inspire, and strengthen our individual craft. Once submitted, workshop pieces can be found here (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/). We will spend approximately 45 minutes discussing each piece. We also encourage participants to provide written reactions. Above all else, our meeting space is a sanctuary and respecting the privacy of the writer is paramount. By participating we agree not to discuss an author's work or a participant's feedback with those not involved. What happens in basement of the library, stays in the basement of the library. Please take a moment to read this article (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/2014/08/08/on-giving-feedback/) on offering productive feedback. While not a "rule," giving feedback can be a craft in of itself, and the guidelines offered are useful. If you wish to submit a piece for our group, please go to the BWW main site, and choose "Middlebury Workshops" (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/middlebury/). You will find directions for submitting on that page. Please make sure you have attended a BWW workshop, and given feedback to others, before you submit your own piece (as per BWW guidelines). Please request early and have your piece posted exactly one week in advance of the workshop you have chosen so that we all have time to dedicate to it. *Writers whose pieces are being workshopped are welcome, but not required, to bring a simple refreshment to share with their readers. Looking forward to having you join us!

  • 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? Welcome to our Book Length Fiction Workshop! Because we're looking at longer works, we may form a somewhat close-knit group of ongoing participants while always welcoming new writers joining us. 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). If this is your first time at this workshop, please email host [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: 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

  • Poetry Workshop

    Burlington Writers Workshop

    Please join us for a poetry workshop. Meeting Agenda 1. Group Workshopping: Three poems (by three separate poets) will be workshopped by the group. NOTE: These poems can be in any style, any form, on any topic. 2. Themed Discussion: We'll explore poetry videos! These are similar to poetry comics, but also similar to poetry reading... and also dissimilar from both of these! We'll survey what poets are doing lately to set their work to video, look at what venues are showcasing these videos, and discuss how we think it is or isn't working. The voluntary take-home challenge: Storyboard out a poetry video! If you want to go through with making it, I can help advise you on next steps. If you do this challenge, bring it with you the next time you come to the workshop and there will be time at the end to briefly share it. 3. Sharing Poems Inspired by the Last Session: If anyone did the take-home challenge from the last workshop, we'll briefly share those with the group. 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 Writers' Workshop

    Burlington Writers Workshop

    Join us for a Friday morning workshop discussion of your work in any genre: fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, nonfiction, poetry, or screenplay. We accept the submissions of two participants each week, devoting an hour to each. We'll read and markup the work in advance, writing review commentary for the author, and prepare to discuss their submission. We put the submitting author in a virtual "isolation booth" and discuss the work as if you are not at the table. We try to focus on specific elements of craft and give honest responses in open discussion. All are welcome to join from readers and reviewers to writers at any level of accomplishment (including all forms 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 or find out which writers are up for discussion at this workshop? We ask that you attend at least one session as a participant before requesting to submit. Check the schedule here: (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/burlington/). 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 our participant authors. Submissions may be found here: (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/files/). The naming convention provides you with the key: MMDD-Burlington-AuthInitials New to the workshop? Here's a guide that you may find helpful: (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 here: (http://burlingtonwritersworkshop.com/about/location/directions-parking/) Leader: Stephen Kastner [masked]