Friday Morning Writers’ Workshop

This week we will feature the writing of Bill Harwood and Vahan Ionnisian,
a professional diplomat’s memoirs and the second half of a sci-fi tale.


Join us for a Friday morning workshop discussion of work in open genre status: Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Memoir, Nonfiction, Poetry, Storytelling, or Screenplay. We accept submissions from two previously scheduled participants each week. We all agree to print, read, and markup the work in advance, writing review commentary for the author. On Friday morning we discuss their submissions, devoting an hour to each work.

The MFA Style Virtual Box…
The submitting author is placed within a virtual “isolation booth” while we discuss the work as if the author is not presently seated at the table. We try to focus on specific elements of craft and give honest responses in an open discussion.

You do not have to submit work to be a participant. Part of the warming to writing is reading the works of other writers, both great and small. I look at the Friday workshops as a garden where thoughts get planted and ideas grow. We welcome new readers and writers at any level of accomplishment (including any stage of wannabee). Expressing empathy is the measure that Phillip K. Dick said is what determines a life form to be human. Respect amidst constructive criticism is the goal.

We ask that you attend at least one session as a participant before requesting to submit. We ask that submissions be uploaded at least five days in advance of the scheduled event (typically by the preceding Sunday night) in order to give sufficient time for us to prepare.

If you wish to request having a work of your own discussed, start here:

Check the weekly calendar to find available open dates for submission: (

Trigger Warnings…

The reading material for each upcoming workshop session is provided for your review in advance. There may be work that “triggers” a negative response. You may choose to attend and contest the work, presenting your reaction to it as part of the process, or you may choose to skip that session. We do not set content restrictions upon our authors.

Workshop Submissions are found here:
The naming convention provides you with the key by date and location like this MMDD-Burlington-AuthInitials

New to the workshop? Here’s a guide that you may find helpful: (

Want to give good feedback? Read this article (

Get directions and parking information here: (

Workshop Host and Discussion Moderator:
Stephen Kastner


July 19


10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Click to Register:

The Burlington Writers Workshop


Burlington Writers Workshop

110 Main St Suite 3C

Burlington, VT, US

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