Your Work, On Stage

PrintI’m so excited to tell you about this new opportunity for Burlington Writers Workshop members.

Vermont Stage Company is partnering with the BWW to write stories to serve as the content for this year’s WINTER TALES. Created in 2005, WINTER TALES has become a Vermont Stage holiday tradition. It features fresh stories and songs each year aimed to lighten up the dark days of winter. For this December’s performance, Vermont Stage Company needs five uplifting, possibly funny, heartfelt stories that’ll be perfect for capturing the spirit of the season.

Your work will be featured on stage with some fine Vermont musicians. In the past, WINTER TALES has been joined by the likes of Patti Casey, Pete Sutherland, Greg Brown, Carson Robison, and Moira Smiley.

What we need from you: A short story or personal essay (in the style of a monologue, 2,500 words) that’s about winter or the holidays (religious or otherwise). The piece must be uplifting to the spirit.

I need your submissions by August 1st. Send them to:

Winter Tales Book in chairSome questions, answered:

August 1st is coming up soon. Do I have time to write this?

Yes! The draft doesn’t have to be perfect. I need something by August 1st. Then I’ll talk with Cristina Alicea, the brilliant and talented Producing Artistic Director of VSC, about the best drafts. From that point, we’ll work with the selected authors on revisions to make the piece the best it can possibly be.

Will I have to read this on stage?

No. A professional actor will work with the director to make this piece come alive on stage. You’ll sit back in the audience and absorb the glory.

Who will own my piece after it’s produced by Vermont Stage Company?

You! It remains yours. If it is published in VSC literature, though, the proceeds from any sale of said literature will go to VSC.

What if I want to write about something sad?

Try it out. Send it to me and we’ll have a conversation about it. Aim for some levity, though, and your piece will be a better fit for this.

Can I read a sample of something from a previous year?

Yes! Click here to read a story by Nicole Dash. WINTER TALES has also featured work by Philip Baruth, Kathryn Blume, Jacqueline Goldfinger, and David Stallings.

Why is the BWW doing this?

This is a wonderful opportunity to have your work featured in a popular public performance. WINTER TALES runs four nights and is viewed by 1000-1200 people every year. VSC is wicked awesome. What more reason do we need?

I’m not a member of the Burlington Writers Workshop. Can I participate?
Yes! It’s easy and free to sign up and participate in the Burlington Writers Workshop. So sign up at to become an “official” member. Then we’ll work together!

What if you didn’t answer my question with all this information?
Please do contact me.