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January 19, 2016

**PLEASE NOTE: This event is full, and has a waiting list. **

How do you shape a story after the initial inspiration?

When do you find is the best time to write? What do you do when the words get stuck? 

These are some of the questions we've always pondered about writing a good story. On February 18, we're going to sit down with Vermont writers Jensen Beach and Kerrin McCadden to explore their process and their experience of crafting words into accomplished poems and fiction. 

Jensen Beach is a fiction writer with a knack for revealing the darker undercurrents in everyday life. His story "The Apartment" follows a woman through her day as she becomes more and more curious about her new neighbor. Poet Kerrin McCadden paints vivid emotional scenes with precise words. Her poem, "Elegy for Some Beach Houses,"  pulls the reader down into the depths with a house torn apart by the waves. 

Gin Ferrara of Spindle & Widget will moderate this conversation, and allow plenty of time for audience participation, so YOU can ask your own questions, too!

StoryCraft Speaker Series

A Way with Words: Conversations on the Work, Art & Practice of Writing

Jensen Beach & Kerrin McCadden
HOSTED BY: Burlington Writers Workshop

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Doors open 5:30 | Conversation begins 6 p.m.



Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can Recommended for ages 12 and up. All events will be held at the new Media Factory, RETN and VCAM's event, studio and classroom space at 208 Flynn Avenue. 

Jensen_BeachJensen Beach is the author of the forthcoming Swallowed by the Cold, as well as a previous collection of stories, For out of the Heart Proceed. His fiction has appeared or soon will appear in The New Yorker, Paris Review, A Public Space and online at Tin House, American Short Fiction, and N+1. He teaches in the BFA program at Johnson State College, where he is the fiction editor at Green Mountains Review. He lives in Jericho, Vermont with his family.



Kerrin_McCaddenKerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize and the 2015 Vermont Book Award. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, The Frost Place, The Sustainable Arts Foundation, The Vermont Arts Council, and The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Green Mountains Review, Poet Lore, and Rattle, among others. A graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she teaches at Montpelier High School.


BWW-logoThe Burlington Writers Workshop is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing free writing workshops for all Vermonters. We offer opportunities for writers to learn from each other at workshops, panel discussions, readings, seminars, classes, and retreats.