Our Workshop Hosts

Kathy Bachus – Novelists’ Workshop

…I am an Air Force veteran, former journalist, and retired criminal defense lawyer. I created my primary character when I was ten years old and began writing novels in 1989 . My popular, fast-paced espionage thriller series, The Charlemagne Files, currently consists of nine novels and one volume of short stories, all of them independently published. I live in a house built more than a century ago near downtown Bangor, Maine.

Paul Beaulieu – Songwriting Workshop

…goes by the stage name A Montreal Paul, is a singer-songwriter and versifier- his musical output can be heard at https://amontrealpaul.bandcamp.com/, among other places. For him, this workshop is an opportunity to encourage people in the strange alchemy of combining words with music. 

Dennis Bouldin – Creative Nonfiction Workshop

…has been involved with the BWW since 2013, including co-leader of biweekly creative non-fiction workshops for the past several years.  He has participated with the BWW leadership team, including a 2 year stint on the board of directors. 

Dennis writes as the spirit moves him, mainly essays on various aspects of his life, ranging from his love of okra, to walks with his dog, to travel experiences, to family, to memories of losing a close friend as an adolescent.

Dennis lives in Essex Junction with his wife and life mate, Elizabeth (Betty), and their poodle Theo.  In the summer he enjoys time at their camp on Metcalf Pond in Fletcher.  Long ago, Dennis worked as an engineer and engineering manager for IBM. and longer ago than that received a PhD in nuclear physics theory from Brown University.

Andrea Chesman – Middlebury Workshop

…developed her writing chops as a food writer and cookbook author living in Ripton. For the past several years she has been writing short stories, a few of which have been published. All of these stories were workshopped with the Middlebury Chapter of the Burlington Writers Workshop and much improved by the feedback given. You can read more about her publications at andreachesman.com.

Diane Fenner – Writingscapes Workshop and Editing Workshop

…I absolutely love creative writing and started a writing club while studying at The University of Vermont. After graduation, several UVM alums who were part of the club and I decided to continue our writing ventures together in a remote continuation of the club, geared a little more towards serious writing. In November 2021, I was just becoming familiar with BWW and when the opportunity to start a workshop here became available, it just made sense to continue running a writing group in a new and slightly different way. Writingscapes has been a lot of fun so far, filled with some great people and amazing writers. It’s always great to see how different people interpret and twist various prompts to their own designs, and the wonderful comments they have about each others’ writing! Along with writing, I love art, gardening, spending active time outside, reading, gaming, and spending time with friends and family.

(Diane and a very curious Lyssi (short for Allysum), 4 week old bantam chick)

Masha Harris – Middlebury Workshop

…is a native Vermonter who loves telling stories about the characters she knew growing up on the Canadian border. She is forever striving to capture their accents. Her work has appeared in Cold Lake Anthology, Potash Hill, and Chrysalis: The Journal of Transformative Language Arts. Masha has been a member of the Middlebury Chapter of the Burlington Writers Workshop since early 2020 and began co-facilitating the group in Fall 2022.

Nancy Hayes Kilgore – Writing With Spirit Workshop

…is the author of three novels, Wild Mountain (Green Writers Press, 2017), Sea Level (RCWMS, 2011), and Bitter Magic (2021). She is winner of the Vermont Writers Prize 2016 and a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. She has published in a She Writes Press Anthology, in literary journals including Bloodroot Literary Magazine, Vermont Magazine, The Bottle Imp, and on Vermont Public Radio. Nancy, a former parish pastor, is a psychotherapist, a writing coach, and leads workshops on creative writing and spirituality. She lives with her husband, dog, and cat in Burlington’s Old North End.

Karen Kish – Creative Nonfiction Workshop

…I taught high school English for 25 years in Essex Junction, Vermont.  My husband Sandy and I also spent 15 years teaching high school overseas in Poland, Egypt, and Hungary.  Currently retired, I now enjoy cross-country skiing, traveling, biking, tennis, gardening (especially blueberries and raspberries!), fun time with family, and am writing a memoir about our international teaching adventures.

Stephen Leslie – Haiku 101 Workshop

…has been writing Haiku for over twenty-five years. His haiku’s have been published in journals in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and Japan. In 2009 Stephen placed second in the International Kusamakura Haiku Competition in Kumamoto Japan. Stephen is a retired mental health counselor and hospice chaplain. He has an M.S. from Loyola College and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. He has meditated daily for 49 years.

Janet McKeehan-Medina – Rejuvenating Writing Circles

…grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in New York with her husband. She is a trained psychotherapist and special education consultant. She has always harbored a passion for poetry and has incorporated it into her professional and personal life.

In her free time, she enjoys trying out new teas, spending time in nature, perusing through a used book store, creating poetry collages, or spending quality time with loved ones. She is described as having a quirky sense of humor and loves to let her inner child play.

Lorraine Ryan – Coming Soon…

…My husband, young daughter and I moved to Vermont from Boston years ago for adventure. We bought a circa 1798 colonial in Guilford, VT, opened a bed and breakfast and met some wonderful guests. In between guests I was a real estate broker, travel agent and non-credit program developer for UVM’s satellite office in southern Vermont (in a renovated barn with fields all around us). When my husband retired in his 40’s we bought our first motorhome, a converted 1963 35 ft Greyhound bus and went south and southwest for more adventures. We decided to work seasonally for Disneyworld where I worked (more like played) in Entertainment as many different iconic characters, always creating magic.

 Writing is another way of creating magic and having adventures. I’ve written in most of the genres but right now I’m focused on short stories. I’ve been part of BWW for about seven years and they have helped me hone my skills, motivate me, and allow me to keep company with some great writers.

Jim Wyman – Poetry Feedback Workshop

…is the last full-time resident on a one-lane, dirt, dead-end road at the tip of a long peninsula in the middle of a very large lake. He was born and raised in the foothills of the Longfellow Range of the Appalachian Mountains in western Maine. He moved to Vermont in 1981. Here, he continues to appreciate the vibrant colors of woods, fields, and hills and the cold black and white of winter which are often subjects of his poetry. 

He joined BWW in 2018 as a member of the “Poetry Feedback Workshop” where he continues to share his passion for poetry. Jim teaches at the Community College of Vermont. His poetry has been published in “Pegasus,” “Poem City,” Burlington Free Press, “The Poetry Path” BWW,  “Maya’s Review: The Closed Eye Open,” and will appear in the March 2024 edition of Ink In Thirds. He is the author of  “Picture Perfect Poems” (Lulu.com/shop).