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Getting into Revising: 3 Methods that Begin with the Letter ‘C’

Getting into Revising: 3 Methods that Begin with the Letter ‘C’

Dec 05, 2018
By A. Y. Berthiaume I am more reviser than I am a writer, if there were a way to break down “writer” into these two camps. Like how some “plot” (brainstorm and outline their work) and others “pants” (make it up as they go), I would rather dig in with the content after it’s down on the page than stare at the blank page having to produce the very first draft. Give me the clay and tell me to mold, but please don’t make me make the clay first.
Short Story: The Spirit of Aisle Two

Short Story: The Spirit of Aisle Two

Nov 01, 2018
By Sonja Hakala Years ago, when I was a magazine editor, I wanted a local ghost story for our fall issue. Well, in New England, ghosts (or at least stories about them) are rather plentiful.
Ten Things You Can do with Your Pinterest Account to Make it a Part of Your Author Platform

Ten Things You Can do with Your Pinterest Account to Make it a Part of Your Author Platform

Oct 15, 2018
By A.Y. Berthiaume I’ve been dedicating a lot of time over the last month or so to getting my author platform set up. I’ve thought concertedly about which online spaces I’ll try to command a presence within...
From Amazon to a Small Press; My Publishing Journey

From Amazon to a Small Press; My Publishing Journey

Oct 09, 2018
By Sarah Ward. The dream of publishing is one that many pursue, hoping to share our stories with the world. It is a complicated path, filled with options that require the author to become proficient in more than just the craft of writing.
The Most Invaluable Benefit this Organization Offers is its Community and Network of Writers

The Most Invaluable Benefit this Organization Offers is its Community and Network of Writers

Sep 20, 2018
By A.Y. Berthiaume I joined the League of Vermont Writers in 2012. I was only a year removed from my MFA program. Though the act of writing happens in isolation, living the writing life does not. I mean it could, but it would be hard and boring and unfulfilling (in my opinion)...
On Writing and Alternate Paths to Publication

On Writing and Alternate Paths to Publication

Sep 14, 2018
By Stephen Russell Payne When I was in seventh grade, Gallway Kinnell visited my English class during which he spoke of his deep need to write, that it was something vital, a part of his core...
Snow flurries in July: an interview with David Jauss, author of NICE PEOPLE, NEW & SELECTED STORIES II

Snow flurries in July: an interview with David Jauss, author of NICE PEOPLE, NEW & SELECTED STORIES II

Jul 05, 2018
By Amy Braun David Jauss writes like a plow truck-driver plows. He glides along making the near impossible task of writing a collection of quality short stories look simple.
Preparing for Pitching at Writers Meet Agents 2018

Preparing for Pitching at Writers Meet Agents 2018

Jun 27, 2018
By A.Y. Berthiaume It’s hard to believe that another Writers Meet Agents (WMA) is just a month away. Two years goes by so quickly (like, scary-fast) and here we are again in full planning swing.
How a Free Writing Course Helped Me Find My Voice

How a Free Writing Course Helped Me Find My Voice

Apr 20, 2018
By A. Y. Berthiaume Writing is the first and foremost passion that I have and yet never have I said to myself (or others) in my adulthood with conviction and true determination – I’m making this year about writing...
Considerations on a Pen Name (Part 2): My Personal Struggle to Choose My Own Name

Considerations on a Pen Name (Part 2): My Personal Struggle to Choose My Own Name

Apr 12, 2018
By A. Y. Berthiaume As I mentioned in my first post on this topic, I’m struggling to decide whether to write under my own name or to choose a pen name. Growing up all I wanted was to someday see my name across the covers of my own books...
Considerations on a Pen Name: Insights from M. Larose

Considerations on a Pen Name: Insights from M. Larose

Apr 07, 2018
By A. Y. Berthiaume For the last year I have toiled with the idea of whether to write nonfiction under my real name or a pen name, I thought to ask a fellow writer and LVW member (M. LaRose) for her insight...
Getting Your Blog Started and Using it as the First Step in Building Your Author Platform

Getting Your Blog Started and Using it as the First Step in Building Your Author Platform

Apr 02, 2018
By Jamie Evans Starting a blog can be intimidating, but only before you’ve made your first post. It took a while to get everything running, but once it was, blogging became something I really enjoyed...
How Students Can Benefit from Professional Programs

How Students Can Benefit from Professional Programs

Mar 20, 2018
By Cat Gullotta On Saturday, January 27, the League of Vermont Writers held its annual Winter Program, “New Journeys, New Beginnings.” Since I am a student intern, I got to help with the program and was also able to listen to what advice other writers had to share.
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...
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...