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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Read Like A Writer: fiction, craft

January 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We explore stories published in magazines like The New Yorker, Paris Review, Granta, etc., working on craft through conversation prompts.


In this online workshop held the second and fourth Mondays each month, we’ll be exploring stories published in magazines like The New Yorker, Paris Review, Granta, etc., working on craft elements through conversation and prompts. When we read a great story, whether or not we like it, there’s something in it that wows us; a phrase, a sentence, a plot twist, characters, an experimental form. We ask ourselves, how did they do that? In this workshop, we’ll read stories, explore themes, structure, language, etc. and get to work on our own stories.

Sally Rooney’s newest novel Beautiful World Where Are you was awarded the Goodreads Best Fiction book of 2021. Everywhere, kudos. Well, not everywhere: here is an interesting quote:

“Rooney’s characters chatter about the pointlessness of feeling that the world is too far gone to do anything about even as they seem to agree that our problems tower high above our heads…In my less charitable moments, it felt as though we’ve reached a point in our culture where the pinnacle of moral rigor in the novel form is an overwhelmed white woman in a major urban center sighing and having a thought about the warming planet or the existence of refugees. This brought to mind a recent spate of novels about white women’s existential malaise in the face of social ills.”

Perhaps she’s being ironic? Satirical? Her dialogue is exquisite, her characters very “now.” Let’s see how she creates tension and keeps us riveted. If she does.

The style is very Rachael Cusk, Sheila Heti, Jenny Offill…these are the women the critic above refers to. Are we bored? Is it superficial? Exciting? Plenty of people I admire are super fans. Let’s look at this together … it’s the (mostly feminine) trend of our day, impressive to some and superficial, even boring, to others.

We ask for your patience as we migrate to a new website which will be much more convenient in the future.

You’ll find the file


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Access is limited to members, so you’ll need to fill out the membership form. You’ll find there are two options, one to log in to create an account – the other to register. Do both, if you haven’t yet.

ALSO, registration requires that you send me your email address: so please email me at Because the website is in flux, I’ll mail you the file.

And as always, please, if you’re not planning on attending, please cancel your ticket in Eventbrite as we normally have a waitlist.

The online meeting link is available to attendees after you register, in the Online Event Page.

Workshop Host Bio

Riki Moss is the author of An Obese White Gentleman In No Apparent Distress, a BWW member since 2015, attending workshops, reading, writing – her tools as she navigates a difficult draft in her second novel. She’s been a recipient of several VAC development grants, an Arts Matters (NYC) grant, residencies at the Vt Studio Center, at JumpSlide in New Orleans and the UN COP10 in Nagoya, Japan in her parallel lifetime as a visual artist. Latest, feature artist for the Vermont Arts Council exhibition called I AM…2021, reader for their 2022 Development grants.


Riki Moss