The Writers’ Barn: From Horses to a Stable of Writers

June 19, 2014  
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The Writers’ Barn in Shelburne. (Contributed photo)

The Writers’ Barn in Shelburne. (Contributed photo)

By Lin Stone

Once a small farmhouse barn, the little red Writers’ Barn in Shelburne has been repurposed and renovated. Now, it is a light airy space with modern amenities that provides a stable of workshops and community events for experienced and aspiring writers. Tucked up on the small village campus of Wind Ridge, located on Falls Road, the organization and space is abuzz with a new mission: to build a supportive space for writers of all ages to develop their craft and writing skills – whether for pleasure or profession – and to celebrate the written and spoken word. A lively flock of Vermont’s talented professional writers, including poet Daniel Lusk, children’s book author Elizabeth Bluemle, travel writer Tim Brookes, poet and creative writing instructor Michelle Demers and Vermont Public Radio commentator Bill Schubart among others, facilitate evolving programs and topical conversations as diverse as Lusk’s “Delights and Shadows” of poetry to Demers’ “Micro Memoirs” and Schubart’s “Changing Landscapes in Book Publishing.”

This summer’s itinerary includes two adult seminars (CEU credits available): Storytelling in Classrooms and Libraries with professional storyteller and elementary schoolteacher Mark Stein (July 21-24) and Poetry & Teaching (July 14-17) with poet and UVM senior professor emeritus Daniel Lusk. There will also be a special one-evening program with MoneyPeace founder Christine Moriarty, “Making Sense of the Cents in the Business of Writing” (July 16, 6-8 p.m.).

The Writers’ Barn will also host two summer writing camps for middle school-aged children with local actress, drama teacher and writer Alexandra Hudson: “Performance Writing for the Stage” (Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon), and “From Journal Writing to Creative Non-Fiction: What I Did on my Summer Vacation” (Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon).

September will welcome a new wave of opportunities for writers’ when Sarah Bartlett and Women Writing for (a) Change ~Vermont move to the Writers’ Barn to hold twice-weekly writing circles and other programs supportive of empowering the feminine voice and celebrating change. In addition, with a whistle and a little bit of luck, poets will find Lusk, Bluemle and Demers back at the tables, among others. The Writers Barn plans to hold several one-evening events that celebrate reading, writing and the spoken word, and always welcomes new ideas and program/workshop pitches.

The Writers’ Barn is part of Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, which publishes its books under three imprints: its newest, SunRidge Poetry, for the state’s masterful and emergent poets; Red Barn Books, professional services for independent authors; and Wind Ridge Books, which publishes the Voices of Vermonters, sharing the ideas, reflections and stories of the vibrant and visionary people who call the Green Mountain state home.


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