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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...
This Is How I Hygge: Danish Coziness for the Writer

This Is How I Hygge: Danish Coziness for the Writer

Mar 17, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson Hygge (pronounced hue-gah or hoo-gah) is the Danish concept for coziness. It’s about embracing simplicity, taking pleasure in quiet moments and creature comforts… As writers, we could all gain a great deal from embracing this lifestyle hack...
Travel Writing: How Wanderlust Fueled a Career

Travel Writing: How Wanderlust Fueled a Career

Mar 07, 2017
By Lisa Halvorsen Posted on the bulletin board in my office is the saying, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." It's a philosophy I live by, and as a travel writer have parleyed that sentiment into a fulfilling career...
Building an Author Platform: Not for the Birds

Building an Author Platform: Not for the Birds

Feb 28, 2017
By Annalisa Parent In my coaching work with writers, I’ve come to discover how much many writers detest creating their marketing platforms. I will concede to the fact that marketing is a lot of work, yet I have come to enjoy it. Here’s why...
Attention All Writers — Join the Directory of Vermont Writing Resources

Attention All Writers — Join the Directory of Vermont Writing Resources

Feb 23, 2017
Cynthia Anderson, a senior at Champlain College, is compiling a Directory of Vermont Writing Resources as her final project. The directory will include writers, editors, publications, and more. She is looking for people who are interested in being included in this directory.
The Writer's Journey

The Writer's Journey

Feb 21, 2017
By Wendy Heilig I believe everyone is a writer, though some work at it formally and for publication more than others. However, most any form that takes what we have percolating inside of us and puts it down in some form outside of ourselves is writing...
For The Good Of The Cause: A Quick Glance Into The League's Past

For The Good Of The Cause: A Quick Glance Into The League's Past

Feb 14, 2017
By Alyssa Berthiaume September 1931: President Walter John Coates, in a typewritten letter to the executive committee, asks them to review the enclosed agenda for the upcoming winter meeting. He signs…
How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier:  A Half-Day Retreat with Joni Cole

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Half-Day Retreat with Joni Cole

Feb 07, 2017
This half-day retreat with Joni Cole will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life.
Writing prompt #1: To the Window

Writing prompt #1: To the Window

Jan 31, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson Go to the nearest window. What do you see? Take the next 15-20 minutes to record the view from your window. Get specific, and go beyond the sense of sight. How does it sound out…
The New VP in the VT: Marketing the League, Marketing your Books

The New VP in the VT: Marketing the League, Marketing your Books

Jan 27, 2017
By Shawn Thomas Anderson This is our year. I continue to learn through my membership with LVW. In January 2016, I became a Board Member At-Large. Since then, I’ve chaired Writers Meet Agents, jumped…
As the New President I Will be Following My Heart

As the New President I Will be Following My Heart

Jan 20, 2017
It is such an honor to be stepping into the role as President of the League of Vermont Writers.  In the time leading up to my new role in this organization, I considered all the factors involved in giving…