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

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

In this online workshop held the second and fourth Mondays each month, we explore the best of contemporary short stories. When we read a great story, whether or not we like it, there’s something 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 explore themes, structure, language, etc. and explore what we learned by generative writing.

This series of workshops is free for all BWW members – sign up for one or for all. You must be a member to access the files: All stories are posted here in the workshops file under Read Like A Writer:

Here’s the schedule though May:

2/28: Elizabeth McCracken, Texas, age maybe 48. “Two Sad Clowns.” Think Laurie Moore, Lucia Berlin, Grace Paley, Miranda July for starters. Her characters are eccentric, nervy and not always doing well. She is hilarious in that heartbreaking way we have come to love. Video interview with her and Pam Houston here, including the author reading from Two Sad Clowns::

3/14: Franz Kafka, Prague, 1883 – 1924, “The Hunger Artist”. Kafka is Kafkaesque – we don’t even need to look it up. He wrote this story while dying of TB, unable to eat.

3/28 Yoko Okato’s “the Harmonica Hare”. I was looking for an iconic female Japanese contemporary – and Ogawa is intriguing, working realistically, which for a contemporary Japanese writer includes lots of magic. It’s a story about a man and his Olympics, but it is much more.

4/11 James Baldwin, Sonny’s Blues. An incredibly moving, gorgeous piece of writing we all need to reread.

4/25: a Master Class with literary agent Markus Hoffmann, hosted by Kerstin Lange. There’s a $10 fee as this event is under the generous grant from the Burlington City Arts Foundation.

5/9 Toni Morrison “Recititaf”. The file is here:

here’s a commentary by Zadie Smith:

5/23: Well published mystery writer S. Lee Manning will co-host a thriller/mystery workshop around a story of her own called Choices hosted by Millie Eidson. You’ll find the file, along with the others, here:

Stay tuned as we schedule on through the year.

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.


March 14
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Riki Moss

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