Writing Personal Essay

How do we write a stirring essay from the raw materials of our own lives, desires and curiosities? In this class, we’ll delve into the rich realm of the personal essay, looking at work from other writers and deepening our own craft through guided exercises.

  • Saturday, October 5 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, Stone Hall Room 101

Open to writers of all levels. Bring something to write with.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all.

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About the instructor:
Rebecca Jamieson’s writing has appeared in various publications, including Calyx, Hunger Mountain, Lion’s Roar, Rattle, and Stirring. Her chapbook of poetry, The Body of All Things, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. A longtime student of meditation, Rebecca is the founder of Contemplate Create, where she teaches Mindful Writing classes locally and online. Rebecca has also taught with Write Around Portland, a nonprofit that offers writing workshops for marginalized communities. She is currently the Teaching Fellow at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she is pursuing an MFA in Writing & Publishing.


Magic in the Kettle: Writing Magical Realism in Fiction

Transport yourself from the ordinary into the realm of the fantastic. In this workshop, writers develop an eye for the bewitching, secretly hidden world of magic. We start with the ordinary and make the leap into the extraordinary. Hone the senses, pinch the nerves. Prepare to be immersed with live audioscapes, videos, and, of course, writing exercises. Equal measures mediation and imagination, this workshop will give you the eye for magic in fiction.

  • Saturday, November 2 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall Vault
  • Instuctor: Bianca Viñas

Questions? Email [email protected].

Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all.

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About the instructor:
Bianca Viñas is author and editor of Lifelines: Rewriting Lives from Inside Out, a collection of works by incarcerated women seeking change and healing after trauma. She works with different authors and creatives to explore the reinvented arc of narrative. Bianca is completing her first novel, a lyric journey into Purgatory and back.


Travel Blogging & Web Design

Join Virginia Booth as she delves into a three-week series exploring the ins and outs of the various marketing strategies that we are exposed to daily, step by step on how to build your own website and the depths of travel blogging.

For an hour and a half, Virginia will work alongside folks who are interested in building a professional platform and what that will look like for each individual. Students will learn how to create a personalized web page and learn about who their target market is.

  • Sundays, November 3, 10, and 17 from 2–3:30 pm
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, Gary Library Computer Lab
  • Instructor: Virginia Booth

Questions? Email [email protected].

Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all.

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About the instructor:
Virginia Booth specializes in travel writing, blogging, and marketing and currently handles all of the marketing accounts at her workplace. In addition to this she is a brand manager who deals primarily with brand marketing, networking, and online promotions. During her years as a business owner she has built not one but three websites from scratch.


Writing Fiction

In this workshop, writers will pay attention to how they consciously or unconsciously shape their character’s interiority, or what is also referred to as a character’s mental process, and the reader’s access or lack of access to them.

Take real life, for example: we sometimes make knee-jerk reactions, and we pause and reflect on things that have happened to us. Our rationalization of these experiences affects how we interpret a person, how we interpret our own situation, how we interpret life. All of these are formative, and they often influence what we do in the future. They affect our expectations and anticipations. They shape our fears and hopes. They add textures to our lives. It is why we are not one-dimensional beings.

We will consider some short stories/novel excerpts by some of my favorite writers and how they pay attention to the characters’ mental processes, as well as doing some writing of our own. You’ll leave the workshop with more insight into how to create complex characters, as well as new tools to bring into your own writing. Bring something to write with.

  • Saturday, November 16 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Teacher: Ukamaka Olisakwe
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall Vault

Questions? Email [email protected].

Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all.

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About the instructor:
Ukamaka Olisakwe has written for the New York Times, Catapult, Rattle, Brittle Paper, and elsewhere. She is working on a book of memoir that explores her experience with childbirth, postpartum complications, and motherhood, in Nigeria. She is an MFA Candidate in the Writing & Publishing program at VCFA.


Poetry of Protest

What can poetry offer in times of political crisis? How have writers used their poetry as a form of resistance, and how might we follow their lead? In this class, we’ll explore these questions through discussion, writing prompts, and reading the diverse and powerful ways that other poets have approached these subjects in their work. You’ll leave the class with a better understanding of protest poetry, the beginnings of fresh poems of your own, and connection to a community of other writers. Bring something to write with.

  • Saturday, December 7 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Teacher: Rebecca Jamieson
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall Vault

Questions? Email [email protected].

Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all.

Register Now!

About the instructor:
Rebecca Jamieson’s writing has appeared in various publications, including Calyx, Hunger Mountain, Lion’s Roar, Rattle, and Stirring. Her chapbook of poetry, The Body of All Things, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. A longtime student of meditation, Rebecca is the founder of Contemplate Create, where she teaches Mindful Writing classes locally and online. Rebecca has also taught with Write Around Portland, a nonprofit that offers writing workshops for marginalized communities. She is currently the Teaching Fellow at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she is pursuing an MFA in Writing & Publishing.