Vermont College of Fine Arts Novel Retreat

The Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) Novel Retreat provides private studio space, abundant time, and a supportive atmosphere for established and emerging writers. Whether you seek the solitude and quiet a retreat provides or writing time combined with consultations, craft talks, and more, the VCFA Novel Retreat enables you to craft the type of experience best suited to your individual needs.

Located amid the beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus, retreat participants gain the added benefit of working with our world-renowned faculty. Our 2018 faculty includes CONNIE MAY FOWLER, RICHARD MCCANN, CRYSTAL WILKINSON, LAURIE ALBERTS and special guest literary agent JEFF KLEINMAN, a founding partner at Folio Literary Management in New York City.

January Writing Marathon at The Village Works

Writing is easier in good company, whether you’re plugging away at a book, a blog, coding project, business plan, resume, or letter to the editor—or to your elected official!

Join us for a night of not checking facebook. Meet some neighbors and writers while you’re at it! We’ll have The Village Works’s snacks, coffee, and productivity-optimized workspace to help us shine.

Bring a friend and caffeinate with us for your letter-writing campaign or come alone and finish your memoir in our silent reading room. Rekindle Your Craft, a prompt-driven writing night, will be taking place in the same building, so feel free to come and go between the two events.

Tickets are free but limited!

Rekindle Your Craft: A Prompt-Driven Writing Night

Dear writers,

Has the cold weather been getting you down?  Did the holiday season tire you out ? Is your writing stuck underneath the covers unwilling venture out? Let us help you then!

Join us for a productive night of writing using prompts to motivate some creativity. We work from one-word prompts, write for 20 minutes and share our writing with the group if we want to.  The idea is to relax, get any kind of writing done, and to leave with some material you can use in the future. Every genre and every level are welcome. Free but please RSVP on the event link to ensure that we have room for you.

We’re graciously hosted by The Village Works, the best coworking space in town.  During the same night The Village Works will be hosting a writing marathon that begins at 7pm and goes until 10pm. You can move between events as you wish.

GrubStreet Spring 2018 Open House and Showcase

Love to write but don’t have anywhere to get feedback on your work? Want to meet fellow writers and work under the guidance of published authors? GrubStreet is here to help!

Drop by our Open House on Wednesday, November 29th for drinks, snacks, and the answers to your questions about all things GrubStreet. New or future grubbies can get to know Grub HQ, hear about upcoming Spring classes, and mingle with fellow students and writers. Grub staff members will be on hand to discuss your writing goals and recommend classes that are right for you, plus we have special class discounts for all attendees.

Not only that, but current Grubbies will read from their work in our Student Showcase! Come with any questions between 5:30 and 6:55pm. Reading starts at 7:00pm.

Rekindle Your Craft: A Prompt-Driven Writing Night

Is your writing stuck? Do you find yourself wishing to get just a bit unstuck in your material or in your writing habits? 

Then please come to the Village Works, on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, for a productive writing night. First you will work from simple but fertile prompts and spend time writing. If you are up to it, you can share results with the group.

This event is open to all writers of every genre. Expect to leave with good material to mine for new and existing projects. This event is graciously hosted by one of the best coworking spaces in Boston: The Village Works.  

The event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested. You can RSVP here .



JESSICA BERGER GROSS and DAPHNE KALOTAY discuss GROSS’ family memoir, Estranged

Join Brookline Booksmith as they host debut author JESSICA BERGER GROSS and novelist DAPHNE KALOTAY (Sight Reading, Russian Winter) for a discussion of the process of writing about family and abuse.

In her powerful new memoir, Estranged, reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, JESSICA BERGER GROSS recounts the internalization of her abusive childhood, the decision to break free from her family, and the difficult road that followed that ultimately allowed her to carve a path to happiness.

This event is not ticketed.