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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


January 31, 2015: LVW ANNUAL MEETING, Double Tree Hotel, Williston Road, South Burlington

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

See you in Stowe for our Fall Program!

Registration is now closed.

Read about the Program and More in League Lines here.

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Where: Town & Country Resort , 876 Mountain Road, Stowe

What Time: Check-in at 8:30 and meet n’ greet at 9 am. The program will begin at 9:30 am end at 2:30 pm.

Who & What:

Christine Moriarty from MoneyPeace, “On The Money: Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor”

Yeah! You have the first check (or the tenth )   Now what do you do? An MBA is not what you need, but you do need to be practical about your freelancing—the fundamentals of deductible expenses, tax issues, and basic accounting—and understand how this knowledge can improve your freelance life. Learn how to handle money with ease as soon as it comes in the door. Enjoy pointers on how to have fun, save and plan ahead.

Ms. Moriarty is a financial speaker, author and coach. She has been quoted extensively in publications including USA Today, Good Housekeeping, the Boston Globe and Fidelity Focus Magazine, as well as the book Living Your Joy. She has a monthly financial column in Vermont Woman and has been published in several periodicals and on-line publications. In 2010, Ms. Moriarty co-authored Practical Freelancing: The Manual with Tim Brooks. She earned a BS in Finance, MBA in Entrepreneurship and a Certification in Financial Planning. She is dedicated to empowering others around their money so they can achieve their dreams. She is living her dreams by residing in the Green Mountains and helping others make peaceful, practical, prosperous financial choices.


Colin Thompson, film writer, director and star of Loser’s Crown

Colin Thompson grew up in Chittenden County and then transplanted himself to LA to follow his dream of screenwriting. His first movie, Losers Crown, according to VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb and Melody Bodette, “digs deep into the conflicted feelings many young Vermonters may have about whether to seek a life and career far away from the familiar Green Mountains or embrace the place that, in many ways, will always feel like home.” Colin wrote, directed and stars in the film, which although fictional, definitely has some autobiographical overtones. Colin is now knee deep in production on his next movie which will be shooting in October. Thompson will talk about the process of writing a screenplay and bringing it to life on the screen, the pros and cons of making the move to LA and how to build your neuroses into a really funny scene in a movie!

Editor Panel with:

Cindy Barnes [Barnes & MacQueen Publishing Resources]

Over the past 30 years, Barnes | MacQueen Publishing Resources President Cindy Barnes has been in sales and marketing at weekly and daily newspapers throughout the country, the publishing associate at a national magazine, and best of all, a certified media specialist running reading initiatives for students, educators, and parents at an elementary school in Orlando. Her favorite holiday is Speak Like A Pirate Day, and she loves any excuse to dress up or read out loud.

Linda Bland [Cahoots Writing Services]

A former literary agent and co-author of a book for women, Don’t Stop at Green Lights, Linda has been helping authors and aspiring writers improve their written expression for twenty years. With Linda’s guidance and editing, fifteen authors have achieved their goal of publishing books; nine sold their manuscripts for commercial publication. She also teaches business writing at Fletcher Allen, IBM, Ben & Jerry’s, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Burton Snowboards, and six Vermont colleges, including MBA programs. Cahoots Writing Services’ mission is to help businesses, organizations, and individuals achieve their writing, training, and publishing goals.

Pat Goudey O’Brien [PGO Editorial Resource and The Tamarac Press]

Pat is a freelance writer, editor, and publishing consultant with more than forty years in the industry. She has written and edited for numerous newspapers, magazines, and book publishers in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Vermont.  Pat is the author of Beating Stress, an Unofficial Guides title published by John Wiley & Sons, and she joined Marie Tedford to write six editions of The Official Price Guide to Collecting Books for Random House’s House of Collectibles. As a freelance editor and collaborator, Pat works with nonfiction and fiction authors to shape their narrative, refine language, and bring their projects to completion and publication. She publishes select clients under her own imprint, The Tamarac Press. Pat is on the board of directors for Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) and is a past president of The League of Vermont Writers. She currently serves as LVW vice-president and newsletter editor. She lives with her family in Warren and South Burlington, Vermont.

Kim MacQueen [Barnes & MacQueen Pubishing Resources]

Kim is a novelist, essayist and recovering Floridian now celebrating two years in her adopted Vermont. She serves as managing editor for the Champlain College Publishing Initiative and vice president of Barnes | MacQueen Publishing Resources/Champlain Books. Kim has published two novels: Out, Out: A Novel of Women and Apes was self-published in 2011 and People Who Hate America is just out from Champlain Books.

Angela Palm [Ink and Lead Literary Services]

Angela is the editor of the prose and poetry collection Please Do Not Remove (Wind Ridge Books, 2014). Her essay collection, Riverine, is forthcoming. She is an owner and editor at Ink + Lead Literary Services. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in apt, Paper Darts, Midwestern Gothic, ARDOR Literary Magazine, Little Fiction, Sundog Lit, Prick of the Spindle, Tampa Review Online, and elsewhere. Her essay, "The Devolution of Cake," published in Little Fiction, Big Truths, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Palm attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 2013. She is a contributor at BookTrib and is working on her third book.

Editor Panelists will discuss the client-editor relationship as it relates to the publishing process, how an editor can help you put your best work in front of an agent, the different types of editing lingo you'll need to be familiar with as a writer, and much, much more.


Members: $49

Non-members: $55

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Our biennial Writers Meet Agents event was held at the Hampton Inn Burlington on Lower Mountain View Drive in Colchester.  Accounting for the writers, presenters, exhibitors, agents, and our keynote speaker, we had ninety people on hand, and (as they say in such a cliche way ...), A Fine Time Was Had By All!

Agents who so kindly attended to talk to our writers and ask for their manuscripts were:

Maria Ribas, from the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency (http://www.morhaimliterary.com/agents.html)

Eric W. Ruben, literary agent and Attorney at Law (http://www.rubenlaw.org/contact/)

Katharine Sands, visiting us again from the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency (Sarahjanefreymann.com)

Beth Campbell, from BookEnds, LLC (http://www.bookends-inc.com/)

Kaylee Davis and Kimiko Nakamura, from the Dee Mura Literary agency (http://www.deemuraliterary.com/)

Emily Mitchell, from the Wernick & Pratt Agency (http://www.wernickpratt.com/)

Our presenters were:

Peter Biello, writer, radio producer and announcer at VPR, and founder of the Burlington Writers Workshop

Jo Knowles, award-winning author of books for young readers and young adults

Katharine Sands, literary agent extraordinaire

Our Keynote Speaker was:

David Dobbs, freelance science writer and book authore


And exhibitors supporting the work of the League were:

The Burlington Writers Workshop, represented by Barbara Alsop

IPNE [Independent Publishers of New England], represented by Tordis Isselhardt

and Ink and Lead Literary Services, represented byAngela Palmer

A sincere thank you to all who took part!

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