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Join Us 4/29 for Spring Program: Springtime is the Write Time, the Words of Joni B. Cole, Julie McGrath, and Joseph Citro

April 10, 2017

By Shawn Thomas Anderson


PRESS RELEASE: League of Vermont Writers Announces Its Spring 2017 Writing Program


BURLINGTON, VT, April 5, 2017 — The League of Vermont Writers announces its spring writing program, and would like to invite writers from all over the state, both published and pre-published, to attend. The program’s theme is Springtime is the Write Time: Inspirational Words to Open Your Mind, Create & Live By It is scheduled for 9:00AM to 3:00PM on April 29, 2017 at the Best Western, Waterbury (45 Blush Hill Rd, right off I-89).


Speakers include:

Joni B. Cole will present Good Naked: Wit, Wisdom, and Happy Endings, a discussion and writing exercise to expose the creative process in all its glory, celebrate the value of stories, and debunk the myth of the suffering artist. Cole is an acclaimed author and writing instructor who shares insights and humor in her new book, Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better and Be Happier (“joyful, tough-minded, and heartening,” Cynthia Huntington, National Book Award finalist).






Julie McGrath will cover The Right Time is Right Now, 6 Questions to Help You Let Go of the Excuses and Change Your Life Today. She will take the group through key questions to help let go of all those excuses that get in the way of changing one’s life. McGrath is an author and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field for the past 17 years. Through her activities as a social worker, she has created Julie McGrath Seminars, a public speaking business that serves human services professionals, nurses, physicians, social workers, and counselors.







Joseph Citro will speak on Vermont Writing From the Dark Side. Citro will reflect on his adventures writing about "The Dark Side," including his research, his publishers, and his readers. He is an award-winning author, public radio commentator, and expert on New England peculiarities. He has been part of the Vermont writing scene since his first novel, Shadow Child, came out in 1987. Today, some fifteen books later, he is still chronicling local weirdness, waiting for film adaptations of his books and preparing his next manuscript.





There will also be a board-member panel where attendees can engage with LVW and brainstorm for future programming, membership benefits, and other offerings. The League will also have a station for members to demo the new website and ask questions about its functionality. A sandwich luncheon will be served, as well as light breakfast fare in the morning and coffee and drinks throughout the day.

Register now. Admission for this program is $55 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, so prospective attendees are encouraged to register early. The League would like to provide the venue a finalized headcount by Tuesday, April 25.



Shawn Thomas Anderson is a copywriter and brand specialist by day, writer of young-adult and middle-grade fiction by night, early morning, and whenever he can find the time to get the words written down. He loves writing short stories and has published several in various anthologies. Shawn attended the University of Vermont undergrad, and has his master’s degree in Communications and Integrated Marketing from Emerson College in Boston.

He lives in a far-flung corner of the state known as Northeast Kingdom. It’s a magical place where moose, bear, and deer wander through your backyard, and everyone rocks flannel. It’s a great place to work, raise children, and write, write, write.

You can follow Shawn and his writing adventures at @ShawnTWrites on Twitter.