MFA in Writing & Publishing Announces Community Writing Classes and Book Group for Winter/Spring 2019

We’re excited to announce that we’re expanding our enrichment writing classes for the Montpelier community this spring!

Mindful Writing Workshop Series

Join mindfulness educator, poet, and MFA candidate Rebecca Jamieson for a series on Mindful Writing.

  • Mondays, February 18, March 18, and April 15 from 6:30-8:30pm
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, Noble Annex I + Conference Room

These workshops are open to all and perfect for those who want to bring fresh awareness to their writing and have fun in the process. We’ll learn basic mindfulness practices, including walking meditation outside (weather permitting), then delve into writing sessions, using simple techniques to bring awareness to our experience as we write. Expect to leave with new tools under your belt, the beginnings of fresh creative work, and the experience of being part of a supportive writing community. Bring a notebook and a favorite pen (laptops can be accommodated upon request).

Each class in this series can be taken as a stand-alone, although attending all three is encouraged. Questions? Email [email protected].

Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all. 
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About Rebecca:  Rebecca Jamieson has practiced writing and meditation for over a decade. She holds a BA in Writing, Mindfulness, and Psychology from Marylhurst University and is currently pursuing her MFA in Writing & Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Rebecca teaches Mindful Writing classes online and in-person. When she lived in Oregon, she facilitated workshops with Write Around Portland and taught meditation classes at the Portland Shambhala Center. Her writing has appeared in Lion’s Roar, Calyx, Voicecatcher, and Stirring, among others. Her chapbook of poems, The Body of All Things, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017.


Wild Minds: Read Like A Writer Book Group

What makes a book you can’t put down? In this fun monthly book group, you’ll dig deeply into texts and find the craft tools writers use to construct their stories. We’ll focus on a different novel or memoir each month, with discussion questions designed to help you identify craft techniques that will strengthen your own writing while developing the skills to "read like a writer" on your own.

The book for February is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Books for April and May will be announced soon. Once you’ve registered, please purchase the book and begin reading!

  • Thursdays, February 28, April 4, and May 2, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, Noble Annex I + Conference Room 
  • Teachers: Rebecca Jamieson and Virginia Booth

About the instructors:
Virginia Booth has hosted creative writing workshops at women’s retreats worldwide, including in Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Indonesia. Her teaching philosophy is there is an artist to discover and nurture within each of us. Virginia is an MFA candidate in VCFA’s Writing & Publishing program. 

Rebecca Jamieson's writing has appeared in various publications, including Lion's Roar, Calyx, 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. 

Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all. 
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Family Writing Workshop: The Secret Life of ROY G. BIV

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be the color Periwinkle? What is the texture of Turquoise? Maybe it's silky soft or even furry! And what did Razzmatazz wish for on her birthday? Here is your chance to create an up-close-and-personal interview with the colors themselves! When we ask the right questions, we can watch their true colors come out from inside the Crayola Box and spring to life. We will become color biographers, and expose the quirky secret lives of the rainbow that the world has never seen (or touched, or smelled, or heard) before! And parents, this is for you too! Write alongside your kids and help them build their imaginary worlds. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Saturday, March 9, 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Teacher: Cammie Finch
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, Noble Annex I + Conference Room 
  • Ages 9-12. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Materials: Please bring your favorite notebook and writing utensil. Paper and pens will also be provided, if needed.

Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all. 
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About Cammie: Cammie Finch is a graduate student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, pursuing her MFA in Writing and Publishing. She loves tea and hula-hooping. Her favorite book is always the one she is currently reading, though her all-time favorite is Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman. Her three favorite words include "betwixt," "akimbo," and "kerfuffle." If she could be any color in the world, she would be a mix of purple and silver, because purple is the color of friendship and silver sounds to her like a rushing waterfall. Cammie is so excited to work with young writers to blend the senses and create a Crayola (Story)Box full of imaginative sights, tastes, sounds, and smells.


What's Underneath: A Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

In this generative workshop, we’ll focus on creative nonfiction in its various forms. We'll examine how most relatable narrators in nonfiction are often deeply flawed. It is this notion that connects us with the humanity in great writing. But it is also the idea of imperfection that can often be so difficult to write. We’ll talk about our vices and vulnerabilities and how they can be fuel for writing about true life. Bring a pen and notebook for prompts and exercises.

  • Saturday, March 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Teacher: Lindsay Gacad
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, Noble Annex I + Conference Room 

Sliding scale rates available to make the class accessible to all. 
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About Lindsay: Lindsay Gacad is an MFA candidate in the Writing & Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Before moving to Montpelier for graduate school, Lindsay lived in Manhattan for 13 years where she worked as the Associate Director of Sales Development & Marketing at Disney-ABC Television. She was a writing mentor for Girls Write Now, a nonprofit organization serving at-risk girls from NYC public high schools. Her writing has appeared in 2 Horatio, Divine Caroline, Wanderlust Journal, and others. She is currently working on a collection of poems and essays for her thesis.  


Fun with Forms Poetry Workshop

Poem City 2019What is poetic form and why might we use it? Sonnets, haikus and villanelles are just a few of the hundreds of poetic forms that some writers use to add structure, rhythm and musicality to their poems. Form may seem intimidating, but it can be a way to find freedom, innovation and playfulness with our writing. In this workshop, we’ll read poems in various forms, then play with fun and easy forms in our own writing, including the abecedarian, the “telephone number poem” and the cinquain. All levels of experience are welcome! This free workshop is offered in partnership with Poem City. Please bring paper and a pen.

  • Saturday, April 20th, 10am-12pm
  • Teacher: Rebecca Jamieson
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, “Vault” room (in College Hall, across from Cafe Anna)
  • Ages 15 and up. Class size limited to 12 students.

About Rebecca: Rebecca Jamieson's writing has appeared in various publications, including Lion's Roar, Calyx, 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. 

Free. Register Now!