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The League of Vermont Writers (LVW) is open to all who make writing a part of their lives. We offer encouragement, motivation, and networking opportunities to writers with a broad range of writing experience. You do not need to be published to join. Visit our Membership Page for more information about benefits and fees. [BE AWARE, if you have an old email address for us, please update your email service to reflect our full address: lvw@leagueofvermontwriters.org. Thanks.]

Founded in 1929, LVW's mission is to:

  • Help writers develop their skills
  • Promote responsible and ethical writing and writing practices
  • Increase communication between professional writers and publishers
  • Promote an enduring appreciation for the power of the word


Save the Date for our January 2017 Winter Program and Annual Meeting:

Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT



The League's mailing address is:

PO Box 5046, Burlington, VT 05402

ALSO, our Manuscript Critique Service has a new address:

Sharon Putnam, Coordinator, 108 Waterford Lane, No. Springfield, VT 05150

(802) 886-6311, whiskersink@vermontel.net



Join us for our Fall Program!


Something for Everyone, Two More Speakers Than Normal, and 
***Buy One, Get one 1/2-Off Registration Deal for Members Only!***

September 24, 2016
Two Brothers Tavern, Middlebury VT
9:00am – 4:00pm
Register on our websitewww.leagueofvermontwriters.orgor fill out the registration form attached to the latest issue of League Lines or found on the homepage of our website.


Members, you can come to this event for  $55,  AND if you bring a NON-MEMBER friend, you can get their ticket for half-price ($27.50).

That's right—invite a friend who's not currently a League member, and get his or her ticket for half price. And remember, at this program you’re getting two more speakers as our usual program, plus lunch. It will be worth every penny!

See more in the newsletter, or access or mail registration below:

September League Lines newsletter here.

Find our mail in registration form here.

OR go to our Shopping Cart here to register using a credit card.

Phenomenal Line-Up of Speakers:
William Notte on Starting Right — The Dos and Dont’s of Submitting a Manuscript
This will be a detailed walkthrough of the steps an author can take to make a manuscript stand out—and of common missteps best avoided—including many examples from the presenter’s seven years as an acquisitions editor.

William Notte has worked as a book editor for over a decade and a half, including seven years as an acquisitions editor. He is currently a freelance editor and acquisitions coach. He lives in Rutland, Vermont, and also works as the Senior Bookseller at Phoenix Books Rutland and serves as the President of the Rutland City Board of Aldermen.
Amy Patricia Mead on Mystery, History, and Humanity
Amy Patricia Meade will discuss the research and planning process behind her critically acclaimed historical mysteries and cozies. By sifting through facts and balancing major events with pop culture trends, she’ll share how mystery and other fiction writers can create relatable characters, build memorable settings, and weave fantastic—yet believable—plots. In the words of Mies van der Rohe, “God is in the details.”

Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, NY, where she cut her teeth on classic films and books featuring Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown. Later in her youth, she’d come to admire the works of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, leading her to pursue a Bachelor Degrees in English and Business. After stints as an Operations Manager for a document imaging company and a freelance technical writer, Amy left the bright lights of New York City and headed north to pursue her creative writing career amidst the idyllic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains.

Now residing in Virginia, Amy spends her time writing mysteries with a humorous or historical bent.  When not writing, Amy enjoys traveling, testing out new recipes, classic films, and exploring her new home. Amy is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Annalisa Parent on How to Maximize Social Media in Your Author Platform
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope...the list goes on and on. What are they? How do they enhance an author’s visibility? And for the love of Pete, how do we use them? Author and Writing Coach Annalisa Parent will cover these topics in her talk at the September meeting.

Annalisa Parent teaches writing classes in Vermont and across the country. She is the editor of Chair & Pen: Musings on Writing and Writing Life, and is an English professor at Norwich University.

She is a Vermont-State Certified Writing teacher, and a 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year nominee. A magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College, Parent studied under Julia Alvarez and Jay Parini. She likes to joke that she’s been writing stories since she could hold a crayon. From a young age, writing had her hooked.

Annalisa wrote for a Telly-Award winning television show on CBS for three seasons. She writes for many local, national, and international publications and has co-written a novel that came out in December 2014.

You can learn more about Annalisa and how to work with her at www.DateWithTheMuse.
Jensen Beach on Surface Tensions
In this session we’ll look at some of the ways in which fiction writers generate effective narrative energy in a story’s subtext. A lot of good fiction achieves its lasting effect, its artfulness, through what is not obviously present on the surface, what lurks just underneath the series of events and actions that make up the story’s plot.

Often this subtext is unnamed and unnameable, complicated, made up as it is of a complex web of the characters’ desires and fears. We’ll read excerpts by Tove Jansson, John Cheever, and others. And we’ll engage in some guided activities designed to illustrate the power of what is just beneath the surface of a good story.

Jensen Beach is the author of two collections of short fiction, most recently Swallowed by the Cold. His fiction has appeared in the Paris Review and The New Yorker. He lives in Vermont with his family.
Nancy Means Wright on The Story of My Writing Life in 25 Minutes
Wright will talk about her respective up-and-down experiences with a large NYC publisher (St. Martin’s Press), followed by publication with mid-to-small presses. The discussion will include work with and without agents, et al., and what to do if your publisher goes belly-up.

Nancy Means Wright is the author of twenty-one books of fiction, poems, and nonfiction from large and small publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, Dutton, Perseverance, and elsewhere—most  recently The Shady Sisters (poems,’16), Queens Never Make Bargains (historical novel, ’15) and Wild Nights (a mystery with Mary Wollstonecraft, ’14). She has published poems and stories in numerous anthologies and journals (American Literary Review, Green Mts Review, et al.). Her children’s novels have won an Agatha Award, and a grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers. A long time teacher, Bread Loaf Scholar, and Scholar for the Vermont Humanities Council, she lives with her spouse and two Maine Coon cats in Middlebury, Vermont. 
**Ruth Wallace-Brodeur will no longer be able to present at our upcoming program. We wish Ruth the best! 

Read about it in the newsletter, or access or mail registration below:

September League Lines newsletter here.

Find our mail in registration form here.

OR go to our Shopping Cart here to register using a credit card.




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THE VERMONT TRADITION grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct...how to reconcile the needs of the group, of which every man or woman is a member,..with the craving for individual freedom to be what he really is.

—Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1953