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#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)...
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?