Write Mondays

Writing Workshops for Middle and High School Students in Central Vermont

Write Mondays offers writing workshops for middle and high school students in Central Vermont. We believe in nurturing young writers at every level and challenging students to explore the myriad of writing choices available to them. Kid-centered workshops led by master teachers provide a supportive community where generating, sharing, and critiquing work happens at the group level. But most of all, Write Mondays is about fostering creative expression and translating it onto the page. Workshops are held at Local 64 in Montpelier, VT. 

Write Mondays Fall Schedule


The Write Mondays fall workshop

 schedule is ready for prime time.

Here’s what we’ll be doing over the

next 8 weeks:



Week 1—October 1

How to Tell a Lie

The secrets to a great story.


Week 2—October 8

Flash Fiction

Why waste words? Tell it all in 500 words or less.


Week 3—October 15

Beat the Deadline

2 hours to get the scoop—and get it down on paper. Go!


Week 4—October 22

Screenwriting is Scene Writing

Write a scene from your favorite TV series.


Week 5—October 29

Poetry with the Pros

A special session with guest poet and editor April Ossmann.


Week 6—November 5


An exercise in imaginative character building.


Week 7—November 12

Polish and Publish

Tuning up text to get ready for print.


Week 8—November 19

It’s Showtime!

A night of live reading for family and friends.

That One Book

Durango Street For every young reader, there’s that one book. For me, it was Durango Street. In Frank Bonham’s gritty young adult novel, an inner city kid named Rufus Henry becomes leader of the Moors, a neighborhood gang. I grew up in a village of 800 people in the woods of northern Pennsylvania, and I couldn’t have had less in common with Rufus. It wasn’t classic literature—it was closer to pulp. But I didn’t care. Bonham’s story of vulnerability, longing, violence, and redemption drew me back again and again.

As a young adult, I went on to study the classics, and then to write stories of my own; I didn’t think about Durango Street for decades. Then I met a talented writer named Lee Durkee, who was living in Montpelier and working at Rivendell Books. I picked up Lee’s novel Rides of the Midway, which includes a reference to Durango Street. And when I asked Lee about it, he didn’t just own up—he raved.

Recently, as teacher in the Franklin County Stories Project, I watched the film Freedom Writers. Can you guess which book a naïve but enthusiastic teacher presents to her class of inner city kids? The enduring power of the written word to excite new imaginations is just one of the reasons Write Mondays exists. —Gary

Special Guest for Fall 2012 Workshop

Ossmann Photo Crop Write Mondays is extremely pleased to announce that poet and editor April Ossmann will be coming to Montpelier for a special generative poetry workshop with Write Mondays participants. April is the author of Anxious Music (Four Way Books) and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and Harvard Review, and in anthologies. Her poetry awards include the Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award. Former executive director of Alice James Books, she owns a poetry consulting business (www.aprilossmann.com), offering manuscript editing, publishing advice, tutorials, and poetry workshops. She is among the inaugural faculty members for the new, low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe. April is also an MFA graduate of Montpelier’s Vermont College of Fine Arts.