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.


Crónicas y Cuentos: a Bilingual Writing Workshop from GrubStreet

Take a free creative writing class in Egleston Square Library. Over six weeks, writers of all levels are invited to write with us in English for those who prefer it, español para los que lo prefieren, and Spanglish para todos in between. Expect writing exercises, language games, and paired discussions that will offer students richer ways to use language and storytelling. Students will also read and discuss fiction, essays, and memoir with an emphasis on Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean writers.

This is a free workshop for writers and their families. Snacks and coffee will be provided.


Crónicas y Cuentos: a Bilingual Writing Workshop from GrubStreet

Take a free creative writing class in Egleston Square Library. Over six weeks, writers of all levels are invited to write with us in English for those who prefer it, español para los que lo prefieren, and Spanglish para todos in between. Expect writing exercises, language games, and paired discussions that will offer students richer ways to use language and storytelling. Students will also read and discuss fiction, essays, and memoir with an emphasis on Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean writers.

This is a free workshop for writers and their families. Snacks and coffee will be provided.


Crónicas y Cuentos: a Bilingual Writing Workshop from GrubStreet

Take a free creative writing class in Egleston Square Library. Over six weeks, writers of all levels are invited to write with us in English for those who prefer it, español para los que lo prefieren, and Spanglish para todos in between. Expect writing exercises, language games, and paired discussions that will offer students richer ways to use language and storytelling. Students will also read and discuss fiction, essays, and memoir with an emphasis on Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean writers.

This is a free workshop for writers and their families. Snacks and coffee will be provided.


Crónicas y Cuentos: a Bilingual Writing Workshop from GrubStreet

Take a free creative writing class in Egleston Square Library. Over six weeks, writers of all levels are invited to write with us in English for those who prefer it, español para los que lo prefieren, and Spanglish para todos in between. Expect writing exercises, language games, and paired discussions that will offer students richer ways to use language and storytelling. Students will also read and discuss fiction, essays, and memoir with an emphasis on Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean writers.

This is a free workshop for writers and their families. Snacks and coffee will be provided.


Jump Write In to 2018

DEBORAH SOSIN offers a brand-new workshop to jumpstart your writing year with a blast of freewriting from prompts, combined with simple mindfulness skills and strategies designed to lower your stress and boost your creativity.

The workshop will include: freewriting from prompts, sharing your writing (optional), mini talk about mindfulness for writers, simple mindfulness exercises, group discussion. Location: Newton Highlands, Mass. Details provided upon registration.

Deborah Sosin’s first picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, illustrated by Sara Woolley, was published by Parallax Press in 2015. Her essays have appeared on Salon, Cognoscenti, and in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Writer’s Chronicle, Journal News, Writer’s Digest, Zone 3, and elsewhere. Two essays were selected to appear in the anthologies Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? and Perspectives on Modern World History: The Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

In 2009, Debbie launched “Write It Like It Is” workshops and groups, designed to help people free up their authentic voice through writing in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. She offers personal coaching to writers and is an instructor at GrubStreet, an independent writing center in Boston. She also offers private executive function coaching and writing tutoring to adolescents and adults.


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.