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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.

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


April 18, 2015, LVW Spring Program, at the Franklin Conference Center, Rutland.

July 18, 2015, LVW Summer Program, site TBA

The League's mailing address is: PO Box 172, Underhill Center, VT 05490

Register Now for the Spring Program

at the Franklin Howe Conference Center in Rutland!

The League's April Program this year will be held on Saturday, April 18th, at the Franklin Howe Conference Center in Rutland, VT. We're hosting three great speakers, Joanna Tebbs Young, Cheryl Young, and Ben Hewitt.

Registration is $45 for League members and $55 for non-members. Use the Sign Up Today box in the right hand column -->

OR download League Lines and mail in the registration form.

The Program:

Find Your Story, Find Your Voice: Writing Behind the Script with Joanna Tebbs Young [10:30 am - 11:45 am]
How do you find your story beneath the scripts given us by family and society? How do you find your own voice? How do you write from a place of personal truth that will resonate with readers as universal?

Joanna will share some of her experience with writing a memoir and the skills she uses in her everyday life. She will also introduce expressive writing techniques and prompts that will help you begin unpeeling the layers of your story.

About Joanna Tebbs Young: Joanna is a Writer and Transformative Writing Facilitator and Coach. She holds a Masters degree in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College and is a certified instructor through the Center for Journal Therapy. Joanna writes weekly columns for the Rutland Reader and Rutland Herald, and has a story in the latest edition of Rutland Magazine. Joanna offers expressive writing workshops and private coaching at her writing center in Rutland. Her blog and coaching information can be found at http://wisdomwithinink.com.

Real Life Writing with Ben Hewitt [9:00 am - 10:15 am]
At once humorous, inspiring, and entertaining, Ben's presentation will explore the rules of good writing. These rules are not what you think, and you'll come away with a new perspective on the craft. Ben will also discuss the challenge of fitting writing into our busy lives, and how form informs content, particularly in relation to the digital age. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, so be ready to engage!

About Ben Hewitt: Ben was born and raised in northern Vermont, where he currently lives with his wife, Penny, and sons Fin and Rye. The Hewitt family runs a small-scale, diversified hill farm that includes pigs, sheep, chickens, copious gardens, an orchard, and a pick-your-own blueberry patch. A high school dropout, Ben is the author of five books, including Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting Off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting With the Natural World, and, most recently, The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan For Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit. Ben blogs at www.benhewitt.net. He consults frequently on unschooling, writing, and homestead design/implementation.

How Stories Find You with Cheryl Young [1:00 pm - 2:15 pm]
A good story comes in many ways, expected and unexpected. The stories that Cheryl has been closely aligned with began with being hit over the head from a falling book, a cup of tea with a friend, and a gathering at the dedication of an historic marker.

What do these seemingly unrelated events have in common? You will find out, as Cheryl is a persistent and passionate storyteller who loves telling how these and other stories came into her life. Her talk will tell the story behind the stories, and the rewards and challenges they brought with them.

Everyone has a wealth of stories to write about but sometimes they're not revealed until a catalyst, something unexpected, ignites a passion for sharing. Cheryl will bring out the storyteller in all of us, demonstrating the joy we feel when stories take us to amazing places and unexpected adventures.

About Cheryl Young:  Cheryl Young is an author, publisher, book coach, educator, and producer. She has taught at all levels including college and graduate university courses, as well as Middle and High School Social Studies in Brattleboro, Vt. She has written a children's book about a Woman Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) and an oral history of Elizabeth Wall Strohfus, WASP of WWII, Love at First Flight. Cheryl has also taught in public and private schools in Germany and Cameroon, West Africa. She holds a masters degree in Cross Cultural Communication from the School for International Training in Brattleboro. Currently, she is the community coordinator for a cinematography project with Bill Muench's class at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vt., seen at voicesofvermont.net.

Registration (morning danish and beverages plus catered luncheon are included in the price of admission):

LVW members: $45

Nonmembers: $55

Register online by clicking the "Sign Up Today" box in the right hand column. Or download the spring edition of League Lines and mail in the registration form.

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Thank you, writers! For making our 2015 Annual Meeting

and Winter Program such a great event

And thank you to our presenters,

author and teacher Stephen Kiernan,

and New York Times book reviewer

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt.

You were wonderful.


The morning with Stephen Kiernan


With nearly four million words in print, Stephen Kiernan is a longtime newspaper journalist and author. His books include LAST RIGHTS and AUTHENTIC PATRIOTISM (nonfiction), plus the novels THE CURIOSITY, and THE HUMMINGBIRD (out in the fall of 2015).

A graduate of Middlebury College, the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, Stephen has won more than 40 writing awards. His work has been translated into numerous languages, and THE CURIOSITY was optioned by 20th Century Fox for a feature film. Each year his "Winter Tale" is part of the Vermont Stage Company's annual December performance of the same name. He lives in Charlotte with his two sons.

Stephen gave two presentations during the morning of Jan. 31.

First up, "The Biz: Breaking into Publishing"

As the publishing industry simultaneously innovates and consolidates, the challenges of reaching an audience and making an income from writing grow ever more complex. This interactive session addressed such topics as how to find an agent, how to submit a manuscript, what an editor is now, and what the merits and demerits of self-publishing are.

Next, "The Almost Right Word"

The foundation of writing is language, though we often take for granted its tools and powers because we use them in conversation all day. Through a series of interactive exercises, we examined the potency of language and how to give our writing greater specificity and strength.

2015 Annual Meeting included election of officers

And we heard from Keynote Speaker Christopher Lehmann-Haupt


[photo by Sigrid Estrada]

New York Times book reviewer and editor Christopher Lehmann-Haupt has worked in the world of books for his entire professional career. He began as an editor for various New York City publishing houses, among them Holt, Rinehart & Winston and The Dial Press.

In 1965 he become an editor on the Sunday New York Times Book Review. In 1969, he was appointed senior Daily Book Reviewer for the New York Times, a position he held until 1995, when he became a regular daily book reviewer. From 1965 until 2000, he wrote more than 4,000 book reviews and articles on a range of subjects from trout fishing to Persian archaeology. In April 2000, he assumed the job of Chief Obituary Writer for the Times, and in June 2006, he retired from the paper.

Since then, he has taught writing courses at Marymount Writing Center, the College of Mount St. Vincent, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Columbia University School of Journalism. He has also written freelance for the Times and served from 2007 until 2012 as editorial director for a small publishing company, Delphinium Books. He still provides occasional obituaries to the Times, and he continues to supervise student projects at the Columbia School of Journalism.

The changing creative culture, "Have You Seen Any Good Books Lately?"

Writers in the Visual/Digital Age: In the last century or so, our culture has shifted away from print and towards cinematics. A number of really first-rate TV shows have been created from books, some of them arguably equal or superior to the original. Superseding this visual age is the new digital one introducing new ways of combining print and image, still and otherwise. So, while the talk always seems to be that the book is dying, and therefore writers grow ever more anxious that they’re becoming superfluous, this isn’t the case. Writers won’t ever be unnecessary or obsolete, but they may play a different role in the visual/digital culture we are now in. ‘Have You Seen Any Good Books Lately?’ enlightened writers, described what they’re facing in today’s multimedia age, discussed how to keep up with and engage with these new media and formats, and ultimately, addressed how to redefine their role as ‘writer’ in the 21st century.


Thanks to all who came and made it a great day.

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