The Burlington Writers Workshop offers nearly 300 free workshops each year in Burlington, Montpelier, and Middlebury, as well as master classes and various full-day writing retreats throughout Vermont. Most of our current workshops meet Online, but we do have in-person workshops.  We ask that you attend at least one workshop before requesting to submit your own work for review.

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Book Length Fiction

February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Have you been hungering for helpful feedback about a novella or novel that you have begun writing?

Have you been hungering for helpful feedback about a novella (20K words and up) or novel (of any genre) that you have begun writing, have completed, or are on the nth revision of? Welcome to our Book Length Fiction Workshop! We meet on alternate Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30, on Zoom or Google Meet.

Because we’re looking at longer works, we may form a somewhat close-knit group of ongoing participants while always welcoming new writers joining us as space is available. Please sign up as close to two weeks before the workshop as possible so you’ll have time to read and write up feedback for the submitting authors.

We’re interested in fiction anywhere in Orson Scott Card’s MICE Quotient, meaning your book doesn’t have to be a romantic or popular style novel. It might be fantasy, noir, science fiction, YA, humor, or whatever. Not interested in reading some of those? We’ll focus on how to read, analyze, and provide helpful feedback to our fellow authors even if we “have never read” and are “not interested in” their genre.

Why? Because by improving our ability to read and recognize good writing, we’ll spot features of our own writing that we can improve. A key goal will be to develop our ability to provide intelligent and valuable feedback to each other (and thus learn how to write more powerfully ourselves).

If this is your first time at this workshop, please EMAIL coHost for important info. If there is a waiting list, unknown signups may be bumped. All skill levels are welcome. Respect for each other is a must.

New to the workshop? Here’s some guidance:

Want to give good feedback? )

The submissions for us to read and review will be distributed by hosts to known members who have emailed and been accepted to attend. *** Because we have new writers finding our workshop, we sometimes don’t have room for everyone. If the workshop is already full, send an email to and ask to be put on our group Waitlist if a spot opens in the future or if we start a new workshop group. Meanwhile, priority may be given to previous active members who have contributed useful oral and written feedback to submitting authors.

In addition to reviewing each other’s writing, we regularly set aside time to study and discuss critical story elements such as hooks, openings, climax, resolution and denouement, ideas on shifting POV, when to tell rather than show, too much backstory before the inciting incident and what the inciting incident is in each of our own books, magical realism, archetypal characters, and how fear and power dynamics relate to plot conflict. Let’s continue to look at plot structure, character differentiation, ex machina shortcuts by authors, subplots vs. plot digressions, and so many more fascinating questions we’re bringing up spontaneously in our talks.

Leader: Dick Matheson


February 2
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Dick Matheson

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