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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)...
Story of One Writer’s Evolution as a Poet: Summer Talk at INTO THE WORDS

Story of One Writer’s Evolution as a Poet: Summer Talk at INTO THE WORDS

Aug 14, 2017
By Kathy McKinley Harris This is the story of my evolution as a poet. Over the years of my League membership (I joined in 1978) I’ve learned what attendees want from a meeting is something useful they can take home. Maybe you take home only one useful thing from a meeting. Well, then, you are that much ahead on your writing journey...
INTO THE WORDS Recap: Using Your Senses to Get into the Writing Zone

INTO THE WORDS Recap: Using Your Senses to Get into the Writing Zone

Aug 10, 2017
By Pat Esden. I’m delighted to have been invited to chat about using your sense to get into the writing zone. I’m the author of The Dark Heart series from Kensington Books, and the upcoming Northern Circle Coven series...
Publishing Four Books in 2017: Recap from INTO THE WORDS

Publishing Four Books in 2017: Recap from INTO THE WORDS

Aug 07, 2017
By Mark Pendergrast At “Into the Words,” I explained why and how I have four new books being published in 2017, despite calling myself “semi-retired” as a writer – meaning that I want to avoid having book deadlines for a while, work on my novel, smell flowers, travel, and so on...
Marketing Plan, Schmarketing Plan

Marketing Plan, Schmarketing Plan

Aug 02, 2017
By Michele Lemieux-Madison According to all the sources I consulted, having a marketing plan, for a freelance writer, is incredibly important because it is too easy to get sidetracked along the way to the next big assignment. But let’s face it, with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, e-newsletters, and others, it is easy to feel overwhelmed...
The Best Writers Conference You’ve Never Heard Of — PART 2

The Best Writers Conference You’ve Never Heard Of — PART 2

Jul 03, 2017
By Shannara Johnson A continuation from PART 1... Coming all the way from Vermont and having endured a grueling twelve-hour journey to get here. I opted for the full experience. It includes a daily morning workshop facilitated by a published author, agent, or editor—four hours every day, twenty hours a week, in small groups of ten to fourteen.
The Best Writers Conference You’ve Never Heard Of — PART 1

The Best Writers Conference You’ve Never Heard Of — PART 1

Jun 29, 2017
By Shannara Johnson “Saturated” might be the proper word for how it feels after you’ve attended the annual WIFYR conference in beautiful Sandy, Utah (pronounced Wee-fur, short for Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers). It’s not in the Writer’s Digest or the Guide to Literary Agents, which also lists all the major conferences in the US. Nobody I know—even the true conference addicts—has ever heard of WIFYR, though it is anything but new.
Call for Member Presenters and Workshop Facilitators for

Call for Member Presenters and Workshop Facilitators for "Into the Words"

Jun 12, 2017
Alyssa Berthiaume Are you a member of LVW and would like to provide a presentation or workshop, reading, or other offering at this year’s Into the Words?
Writing is Easy. Publishing is Easier. Selling is Hard.

Writing is Easy. Publishing is Easier. Selling is Hard.

Jun 12, 2017
By Faithe Thomas and Annalisa Parent Being able to write does not mean your book is ready to publish. Even the best writers know that their work needs to go through various levels of editing, re-writing, and proofing - and not just by anyone, but by someone who knows what they are doing.
Finding Your Writing Flow: Notebooks, Muses, and the Myth of Multi-Tasking

Finding Your Writing Flow: Notebooks, Muses, and the Myth of Multi-Tasking

May 24, 2017
By Michele Lemieux-Madison The best piece of writing advice I’ve ever read – although I’m now reading Joni B. Cole’s Good Naked, so that may change – came from The Writer Magazine in their November-December 2016 edition, titled Finding your Flow...
Write with Authority

Write with Authority

May 17, 2017
By Jeanette Segale I’m about to enter the world of writing words that others will read. As I transition into my new writing career, I’ve spent the past couple months revisiting how to write. I want to share with you the first assignment that struck home for me. It’s from the book authored by Fairfax & Moats in The Way To Write: “Look up these three words in a good dictionary and consider how their meanings interrelate: author, authority, authentic.“
Pondering Ways to Publish

Pondering Ways to Publish

May 09, 2017
I recently completed my second novel and have been anxiously pondering how to publish it. After self-publishing my first book (The Flower Eater) in a burst of naive hopefulness, I've since learned how daunting the marketing process can be...
Writing prompt #3: Dirty Hands

Writing prompt #3: Dirty Hands

Apr 18, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson An original monthly writing prompt: You wake from a trance. You’re standing in a strange place, with hands covered in something...
Join Us 4/29 for Spring Program: Springtime is the Write Time, the Words of Joni B. Cole, Julie McGrath, and Joseph Citro

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

Apr 10, 2017
LVW 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 (right off I-89)...
How Do You Know When Your Writing Is Good Enough for an Agent?

How Do You Know When Your Writing Is Good Enough for an Agent?

Mar 31, 2017
By Annalisa Parent “Nobody should be looking for an agent if their manuscript isn’t ready,” Eric Ruben, Top Literary Agent said in a recent Writing Gym podcast interview. Eric represents not one, not two, but many New York Times Best Sellers--so he should know...
Writing prompt #2: Through the Eyes of a Child

Writing prompt #2: Through the Eyes of a Child

Mar 23, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson I just love this image of these boys running through the field. There’s something nostalgic about it—something dramatic and slightly foreboding, yet curious, adventurous, and fun. Take these boys on a journey...