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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Writing With Spirit
April 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
To let it flow, not knowing what’s coming next, we just let ourselves write for 40 minutes, trusting the creativity that is within. This is a modification of the Amherst Method developed by Pat Schneider and is perfect for people just entering the writing life or for experienced writers needing to break out of a rut or block.
We start with a brief reading, followed by a 10-minute silent meditation, and then write from a prompt. The last 45 minutes involves reading our pieces (only if you choose to) and feedback which is NOT critique but rather hearing and reflecting without judgment upon what unique expressions may have come from each writer. The goal is to develop a trust in one’s own creativity and the group in order to perhaps discover the germ of a scene, poem, or story.
Leader Nancy Kilgore, a graduate of the Radcliffe Writing Seminars, has a background as an ordained minister and psychotherapist specializing in spirituality and meditation. She is the author of three novels: BITTER MAGIC (Sunbury Press, 2021,) WILD MOUNTAIN (Green Writers Press, 2017), and SEA LEVEL (RCWMS, 2012.) https://www.nancykilgore.com
Leader Karen Edwards (April 18 and May 2) is a long-time member of BWW, a poet and psychology professor, with wide experience in diverse spiritual traditions and meditation. Karen’s poetry has been published in literary journals and she is a co-author of Becoming Women of Wisdom: Marking the Passage into the Crone Years.