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The Writer Coping with Multiple Personalities: the Anti-Writer, the Nag, and the Critic

The Writer Coping with Multiple Personalities: the Anti-Writer, the Nag, and the Critic

Feb 15, 2018
By Alyssa Berthiaume I’m certain that I am not alone in saying that as a writer I have multiple personalities. Some of you may call them voices. I have personalities that appear at every stage of the writing process: the Anti-Writer, the Nag, and the Critic...

January Program Recap: New Directions, New Journeys: Resources for Vermont Writers

Feb 14, 2018
January Program Recap: New Directions, New Journeys: Resources for Vermont Writers By Shawn Thomas Anderson On January 27, WRITERS INVITED TO ATTEND LVW WINTER PROGRAM South Burlington--The League of…
Returning to the Flock: Attending the League's Winter Program

Returning to the Flock: Attending the League's Winter Program

Feb 13, 2018
By Rich Graham I have not attended any LVW events in the past ten years (due to health issues) and I just wanted to share my thoughts on attending our annual Winter conference this past weekend...
The Treasure of Inspiration

The Treasure of Inspiration

Feb 06, 2018
By M. LaRose If you write, you’ve probably experienced at least one inspiration that’s swept into your thoughts unexpectedly. Like a rogue wave, an idea suddenly rises from your subconscious, swells forward, and tosses the gleaming treasure of a story-concept onto the beach of your conscious mind...
Membership Spotlight: Annalisa Parent Featured in SEVEN DAYS

Membership Spotlight: Annalisa Parent Featured in SEVEN DAYS

Jan 04, 2018
By Shawn Thomas Anderson We are so proud to announce that League of Vermont Writers Board Member and Writing Coach, Annalisa Parent, was recently featured in a full-page article in the December 20th edition of SEVEN DAYS.
An Early Happy New Year to You — 6 Steps to Setting Goals & Jumpstarting Your Writing

An Early Happy New Year to You — 6 Steps to Setting Goals & Jumpstarting Your Writing

Dec 29, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson With the new year upon us, it’s a good time to dust off the notes from my marketing talk at the INTO THE WORDS and apply them to set attainable goals for next year’s writing and beyond.
The Next Level of Storytelling: Stories in Video Game Media

The Next Level of Storytelling: Stories in Video Game Media

Dec 13, 2017
By Gino DiGioia Many of the people reading this may see gaming as a sort of digital pastime for younger people, however, for me, it’s a way for me to engage in stories that wouldn’t be possible in a normal book setting.
#Awesome Guide to #Hashtags for #Writers

#Awesome Guide to #Hashtags for #Writers

Nov 30, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson When it comes to social media, I view Facebook as more like a family reunion, and Twitter is more like a glorious cocktail party where you can mix, mingle, and build your own writing community, and hashtags are an essential tool to organize your tweets and conversations...
Writing Prompt #5: Crafting a Two-Sentence Horror Story

Writing Prompt #5: Crafting a Two-Sentence Horror Story

Oct 31, 2017
By Shannara Johnson and Shawn Anderson At a recent board-member meeting and retreat, Shannara Johnson proposed that we do some writing and craft two-sentence horror stories. It was a fun exercise, definitely in the spirit of the season...
Haunted by a House

Haunted by a House

Oct 25, 2017
By M. LaRose Driving to the LVW “Wicked Wording” conference on 9/30/17 caused me to travel down a road I hadn’t taken in a while (and I’m not being metaphorical). I knew the road would take me past a certain abandoned house that that I’ve felt strangely drawn to ever since I first noticed it, years ago...
Every Building Tells a Story: The Old Labor Hall in Barre, Vermont

Every Building Tells a Story: The Old Labor Hall in Barre, Vermont

Oct 19, 2017
By Lisa Halvorsen You may be wondering why we chose this location for our meeting. Well, you see, it fits with our Wicked Wording theme as it may have a ghost...
INTO THE WORDS Recap: As Good As It Gets, a Writer’s First Writers’ Retreat

INTO THE WORDS Recap: As Good As It Gets, a Writer’s First Writers’ Retreat

Oct 16, 2017
By Sheila Arel Lowe My introduction to LVW was on a FB post that advertised "Into The Words." I responded and asked if an avid reader who is an aspiring writer could attend...
On Confidence: My INTO THE WORDS Experience

On Confidence: My INTO THE WORDS Experience

Oct 12, 2017
By Michael Caldwell The day at Jerry Johnson's Shangri-La was like a dream. Shawn Anderson's workshop "Defining Your Persona, Platform, and Plan" evoked a dream the next morning...
On Jon Gailmor's

On Jon Gailmor's "Cranking Out A Hit Song" at INTO THE WORDS

Oct 09, 2017
By Janet Hayward Burnham How was it possible, I asked myself, to take a bunch of mostly older adults and coax the words and music to a new song out of such a motley crew? Yes, we're all writers in some shape or form...
INTO THE WORDS Recap: It’s in the Bag

INTO THE WORDS Recap: It’s in the Bag

Oct 04, 2017
By Kathy Quimby Johnson Come to your senses, Pat Esden advised. “Wake up and smell the roses.” She didn’t mean metaphorically, but literally...
Winner of the INTO THE WORDS contest — A Road Well Taken: League of Vermont Writers’ Summer Meeting

Winner of the INTO THE WORDS contest — A Road Well Taken: League of Vermont Writers’ Summer Meeting

Sep 20, 2017
Congratulations Hank Parker, winner of the INTO THE WORDS summer writing contest. Had I missed a turn somewhere? Golden hay fields rising to maple-clad hills. Dust-covered Subarus parked by a half-mooned outhouse. A grassy path past a horse barn...
Greetings from Stowe’s Cabin: Defining Your Persona, Platform, and Writing Plan, INTO THE WORDS 2017 Recap

Greetings from Stowe’s Cabin: Defining Your Persona, Platform, and Writing Plan, INTO THE WORDS 2017 Recap

Sep 14, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson In my discussion this July at INTO THE WORDS, we talked about the elements that help you develop a solid foundation for building your writing castle, a.k.a. your writing platform.
PRESS RELEASE: Fall Writing Program, Wicked Wording This Way Comes in Barre on 9/30

PRESS RELEASE: Fall Writing Program, Wicked Wording This Way Comes in Barre on 9/30

Sep 08, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson BURLINGTON, VT, September 1, 2017 — Registration is open for the League of Vermont Writers annual fall program, Wicked Wording This Way Comes. This year’s gathering has a Halloween theme...
Writing Prompt #4: Postcards from the Creative Edge

Writing Prompt #4: Postcards from the Creative Edge

Sep 06, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson Let this quirky collection of images inspire you. Write an original piece, selecting one (or more) of these pictures drive your story...
Thoughts on A MILLION FRAGILE BONES by Connie May Fowler

Thoughts on A MILLION FRAGILE BONES by Connie May Fowler

Aug 24, 2017
By Amy Braun Connie May Fowler , author of a recently released memoir entitled A MILLION FRAGILE BONES (AMFB), has published seven other books and received the Chautauqua South Literary Award, the Francis Buck Award from the League of American Pen Women, and the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She also adapted her book Before Women Had Wings into an Emmy-winning film which starred Oprah Winfrey.
Afternoon Terror: INTO THE WORDS with a Debut Bio-Thriller Writer Hank Parker

Afternoon Terror: INTO THE WORDS with a Debut Bio-Thriller Writer Hank Parker

Aug 18, 2017
By Hank Parker Midway between lunch and the ice cream social I met with a dozen other writers in Jerry Johnson’s comfortable living room to chat about my bioterror thriller, CONTAINMENT (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2017)...