Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our first Writers’ Process Night. We were all soothed by the lovely music and lyrics of Laura Jean Binkley. We had biscuits and toppings galore with fresh VT apple cider. We had Camille Guthrhie and Peter Orner give fantastic readings and share with us openly and candidly about their writing and creative process. And, we had a delightful and engaged audience with plenty of questions for the writers. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Announcing our first ever

Writers’ Process Night


with Camille Guthrie and Peter Orner

and music by Laura Jean Binkley

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7–8.30 pm

Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the writer’s process —from inspiration and early drafts, through revision, to final publication. Poet Camille Guthrie and fiction/non-fiction writer Peter Orner will read from their work and discuss their writing processes and influences, tracing the evolution from idea to finished product. While this event may be of special interest to budding writers, we’ve planned this event for anyone curious about the creative process. There will be time for conversation, so please come prepared with questions.

We’ll be back in the beautiful Open Door Workshop in White River Junction, where we held our very first event, The Mud Season Salon. The evening will open with live music by Laura Jean Binkley. After our in-depth discussion with Camille and Peter, we welcome you to join us at the “biscuit bar” (yes, you read that right!) with all of the fixings.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of The Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, Vermont. Local checks or cash only, so please plan accordingly!

Tickets are $5 and space is limited, so get your tickets early! Details are below.


The Details


✶ Live music by Laura Jean Binkley

✶ Readings and talk by Camille Guthrie and Peter Orner, followed by discussion

✶ Books available for purchase and signing, courtesy of The Yankee Bookshop.
Note: Cash and local checks only; no credit cards.

✶ Biscuits!


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Doors open at 6.30 pm. Music, discussion and biscuit snacking from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.


Open Door Workshop, 18 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont, 05001

Please wear clean, soft soled shoes to protect Open Door's beautiful floors.


Tickets are $5 (plus ticket service fee) in advance. Your admission includes the presentation and discussion, the biscuit bar and beverages.

Reserve your seat by purchasing your ticket online via Brown Paper Tickets.

The Writers and Musician


Camille Guthrie is the Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives at Bennington College. Camille is the author of three books of poetry: Articulated Lair: Poems for Louise Bourgeois (2013), In Captivity (2006), and The Master Thief (2000). Her poems have appeared in such journals and on websites as the Academy of American Poet's Poem-a-Day series, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, The White Review, and The Volta, and have been included in the anthologies Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting and Child-Rearing (Fence Books) and Art & Artists (Knopf). She has written about poetry for the Poetry Foundation's blog Harriet and for The Huffington Post. She has taught literature and writing at Bennington College for the past eight years. Currently, she is editing an anthology of love poetry with the poet Carmen Giménez Smith called Genius of Love: Poetry from the Past & Present for the Modern Lover.

Camille’s most recent book of poetry, Articulated Lair, engages with the life and work of one of the great artists of the 20th century, Louise Bourgeois, in her continued interest in ekphrasis—writing poetry in response to visual art.

>>Listen to Camille Guthrie read and discuss her poem “Be More Like Bjork.”

Photo by Pawek Kruk

Photo by Pawek Kruk

Peter Orner is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. Peter is the author of two novels: The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love (2010), and two story collections: Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge. His latest book, an essay collection/memoir, Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Reading to Live and Living to Read was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Peter's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, and many other publications. Stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and twice received a Pushcart Prize.

He collects coffee cups - and leaves half drunk cups of coffee over the house - and is a frequent but mediocre swimmer.

>>Read an interview at Point Reyes Light with Peter about his latest book of non-fiction, Am I Alone Here?

Laura Jean Binkley

Laura Jean Binkley

While attending the University of Minnesota, Laura Jean Binkley took up songwriting in earnest. Invited to take part in a weekly “Acoustic Showcase,” she became a regular fixture in Minneapolis bars & cafes.

Laura Jean transferred to the University of Missouri and immediately switched her Journalism major to English in order to study poetry. She won a scholarship in a local talent show and began her first venture into the studio to start recording her original material. She even assisted one of her favorite poets and professors, Anand Prahlad, in developing a song-writing course for Mizzou.

Having been drawn to New York City since childhood, Laura Jean moved east to the Big Apple where she soaked up the local music community. NYC embraced her sometimes soft, but always powerful, folk-rock style, and she sang everywhere from the LIC Bar to the Bitter End (and all the subway stops in-between.)

Laura Jean has since moved up the coast where she now calls Vermont home. She brings a feminine touch to Reckless Breakfast, a good-time bluegrass band and also fronts the LJB Trio with James Burger on harmonica and Nate Hamm on fiddle.

>>Listen to Laura Jean’s EP “L J B” on bandcamp.