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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

"Into the Words"—LVW's Summer Retreat and Member Showcase!

Read all about the event in the June Edition of League Lines

[scroll down for registration information]

General Overview: In the earliest days of the League, programs for members centered around gathering to share ideas and to spend time together. In efforts to build a stronger community and bring LVW back to “its roots,” a special Summer Program Planning Committee has worked to orchestrate a day-long retreat that pays homage to LVW members.

Purposefully named “Into the Words” playing off the hit-musical and movie Into the Woods, event planners wanted to create that feeling of getting lost in the thing that you love (words) with people who share that adoration (writers). The day will be comprised of members showcasing their skills and talents by leading a variety of ½-hour and hour-long sessions (from craft to publishing to the writing life) and exhibiting their work in a designated “Member Showcase” area.

There will also be a lunch break (this is a bring-your-own!) mid-day that will feature a reading of the 10-minute play, Fish and Game, written by member Marge Sharp, and a reading from our host, Jerry Johnson. Johnson will read from his books Up the Creek Without a Saddle and Noah’s Song. The rest of lunch will be devoted to time to mingle.

After several more sessions during the afternoon, LVW is offering an ice cream and watermelon social. During this time, member Mark Pendergast, accompanied by Sophia Donforth, will sing some his poems that have been set to music. And, once again, the remainder of the time will be spent in socializing and community building.

Throughout the day there will be a fundraising tag-sale and a storytelling open-mic lead by member Recille Hamrell. This won’t be a traditional open mic, so don’t come with anything prepared. In addition, it’s important to note that as part of the ambiance of the day, no one is required to go to any of the sessions, but this is strongly encouraged so that attendees can see what other members of LVW are doing and can meet new folks. But if people would rather slip away to a quiet corner and just write or talk with a fellow writer, that is okay, too!

A full schedule of the day will be provided at check-in that morning. If the program is successful and everyone raves about it at the end of the day, LVW may just make this event a new biennial tradition to happen during the years Writers Meet Agents isn’t happening. So, if you come and enjoy yourselves, please let someone at the Welcome-and-Registration table know. As always, members’ feedback is important.

A Select List of Presenters:

Alec Hastings

Amy Kolb Noyes

Jerry Johnson

Joan Grant

Joy (J.P.) Choquette

Mark Pendergast

Melinda Meyer

Michael Caldwell

Pat Goudey O’Brien

Paula Diaco

Stephen Payne

Ted Tedford

A Select List of Workshops

What is Your Fictional Voice?
Poetry and Music Coming Together
The Importance of Literary Mentors
Performance Techniques for Writers
Poetry into Song

A Venue for True Stories Told Live: Open-Mic

Treat yourself to an afternoon session of shared personal stories. Come just to listen or to tell. Prompt sheet provided to trigger memories. 7-minute story limit. No reading from writings. To sign up to tell your story--see Recille Hamrell. Find out more at the event!

Showcase Your Work: SIGN-UP!

Are you interested in showcasing your work in our members' showcase this July? This is a free perk for members (which means you have to be current on your dues, write to Tommy Walz, membership chair, if unsure: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Please note that you must bring your own table and be responsible for its supervision. This includes the sale of your own books and the exchange of monies. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you intend to showcase your work so event-planners can account for appropriate amounts of space.


We thought it might be fun, and a good way to raise some funds (for LVW), to have a tag sale at our summer program. The theme for your donations should be related to the arts (writing, painting, sculpting, music, etc.). Please, no books, LP’s, 8-track tapes or clothing. Bring cash for making a purchase. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact Vice President, Mary Muncil, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 518-677-2929.

If You're Planning to Attend, Keep in Mind:

  • Coffee, tea, bottled water, and light snacks will be provided by LVW, but not lunch; please bring a bagged lunch (if refrigeration is needed, bring your own small cooler)

  • Plan for any kind of weather; dress appropriately

Please be sure to bring:

  • writing utensils and paper

  • pieces of your work, in-progress or finished (some sessions might require work)

  • a voice recorder (if you have one); there’s at least one session where this may be useful

  • a lawn chair or blanket for sitting outside

DATE: July 18, 2015

TIME: 10:00am - 5:00pm

LOCATION: Jerry Johnson’s Residence, 870 Creek Road, Albany VT (physical location); 870 Creek Road, Irasburg, VT (mailing address). If using Mapquest, use the above mailing address to get directions that will bring you right to Jerry’s door. If using a GPS, please use Jerry’s physical address. Directions from the common in Irasburg: Pass Ray’s Market on your left with Irasburg’s common on your right. You are now 3.3 miles from Jerry’s schoolhouse. Just after Ray’s Market, you will pass a church on your right. Continue straight ahead down Creek Road. (It may not have a sign.) About 100 feet past the church you will come to a road that forks to the left. Do NOT take it. Continue straight. After about 3 miles you will come to a blinking light at a 4-way intersection. Continue straight. Jerry’s schoolhouse is the 2nd place on the right, about 0.2 miles after the blinking light. Look for “870” just below the mailbox. Park along the road. If you get lost, you can ask people in Ray’s Market or anyone on Creek Road, “Hey, how do I get to Jerry Johnson’s schoolhouse?” Jerry’s number: (802) 754-2265.


Register using the Shopping Cart link in the right hand column ["Sign Up Today" box], or fill out the DOWNLOADABLE REGISTRATION FORM HERE and mail with your check to:

Mary Muncil, LVW Vice President: 148 Dunbar Rd. Cambridge, NY 12816

The price is $28 for members and $35 for non-members.

Make check payable to: LVW Summer Program

If you have questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Thanks to all who participated in our Spring Program at the Franklin Howe Conference Center in Rutland!


Joanna Tebbs Young

How to find your story beneath the scripts given us by family and society. How to find your own voice. How to write from a place of personal truth that will resonate with readers as universal.

Ben Hewitt

At once humorous, inspiring, and entertaining, Ben explored the rules of good writing. These rules are not what you think. Writers came away with a new perspective on the craft.

Cheryl Young

A good story comes in many ways, expected and unexpected. Cheryl's talk spoke of the story behind the stories, and the rewards and challenges they bring with them.

And thank you to all of the LVW members and friends who came along to listen, learn, and share.

Thanks for all you do!

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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