Professional writers share skills at Writers’ Barn workshops

Spring and summer will find the area’s local professional talent of journalists, storytellers, poets, and authors cultivating a new crop of talented writers at Wind Ridge Publishing’s Writers’ Barn in Shelburne village.
Thursday, May 24, from 6-8 pm six-time Vermont sportswriter of the year, Shelburne’s Ted Ryan, will discuss various forms of sports writing, including standard game coverage, features, news, columns and investigative reporting. Focus will be on coverage in Vermont with personal examples and evolutions of sports writing, including effects, pro and con, of technology during his 45 years in the field. Ryan has won numerous awards for his coverage of Vermont high school and college sports, is a member of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame, and he has served as the sports editor for the Rutland Herald, the Burlington Free Press. He currently is a columnist for the Shelburne News and The Citizen.
Burlington’s Bill Mares will discuss the first principle of non-fiction writing: Write What You Know, Tuesday, June 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Mares frequently writes about his hobbies, examples of which can be found among his 13 published titles, including “Fishing with the Presidents,” “Making Beer,” “Bees Beseiged,” and his latest release written with Rick Peyser, “Brewing Change, Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.”
Wind Ridge Publishing’s Writers’ Barn mission is threefold: to build a supportive space for writers and aspiring writers of all ages to learn, practice, and develop writing skills, whether for pleasure or profession; to offer opportunities for building writing communities of careful readers and fellow writers for development of craft and feedback; to offer opportunities to celebrate the spoken word with storytelling circles and other community events.

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