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Honing Your Craft: Writing that Sizzles

The League of Vermont Writers' winter program, "Honing your Craft: Writing that Sizzles," will feature talks and workshops by two well-published Vermont authors: Julia Shipley and Sean Prentiss.

Julia Shipley will discuss how to make writing, whether it's a poem, essay or story, more impactful by asking "But why?" She will explore how writers can improve their writing by asking that question to determine what's smoldering at the core of their work, using examples from her own writing journey as well as those of others.

Sean Prentiss will build on the concepts presented by Shipley as he examines perceptions and misperceptions of time. In his talk, "Bengal Tiger Moments: Perception of Time on the Page," he will explain how writers can use tools, such as the five speeds of scene and three incident frequencies, to make words align with how time might move in the real world.

Both speakers will lead workshops to help writers apply these ideas to their own work. Participants are asked to bring a favorite story, poem or book by a writer they admire as well as a piece of their own creative writing. The agenda also includes the League's annual business meeting.

The program is open to writers of all abilities.

Cost: $46 for League members; $56 for non-members. Includes morning refreshments and lunch.

Registration: The deadline to register is January 6. Register online or by sending a check, payable to “League of Vermont Writers,” to LVW, P.O. Box 5046, Burlington, VT 05402. Please write "Winter Program 2019" on the memo line.

Contact: The League of Vermont Writers

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8:30 AM08:30

League of Vermont Writers Winter Program and Annual Meeting

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The theme for this year's meeting is "New Directions, New Journeys: Writing Resources for Vermont Writers."


8:30 - 9:00 am - Registration & Morning Refreshments

9:00 - 10:15 am - Legal Constructs of a Great Mystery with Sisters in Crime, New England

10:30 - 11:45 am - Everything you want to know about comic writing but were afraid to ask

11:45 am - 12:30 pm - Annual Business Meeting

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch

Cost: $45 for members; $55 for non members

Registration: Registration is now open! Please register by January 24, 2018.

Contact: League of Vermont Writers

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7:00 PM19:00

Writer's Night Out in Lebanon

Aspiring and published writers, join Writer's Night Out on the first Monday night of every month until December 4, to socialize and to share your work. Meet other writers, talk about what you have written or what you plan to write, and, if you feel so inclined, bring a piece (poetry or short story, or about 5 to 7 pages of a longer work) to share with us. We'll offer our thoughts if you would like.

This event will meet in the Galway Room at Lebanon Salt Hill Pub.

Contact: Devin Wilkie at  


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