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Authors, journalists, and aspiring writers are invited to writers’ symposium

Saturday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. — POULTNEY — The Horace Greeley Foundation will hold its 19th annual Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 16. The event will be held at the United Baptist Church on the Green in East Poultney from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to aspiring writers, published authors, journalists, and anyone who has a desire to write.

This year’s event will feature “Finding Your Voice,” a discussion by keynote speaker Darcey Doyle Gohring. Ms. Gohring will talk about her journey as a writer, the importance of finding the right collaborations, and staying true to your own voice in your writing. She is the author of “The Road Home,” a novel that was inspired by her young adult life at Green Mountain College and the surrounding countryside. She is a contributing author to the anthology book, “Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter.” As a busy writer, Gohring is a style contributor to the online interior design magazine She spent six years as managing editor of a regional lifestyle magazine. When discussing her start as a writer, Gohring says she has been writing for over two decades and credits life in Vermont as a very important inspiration in her life.

Local writer and vibrant speaker Jacqueline Gordon will lead a discussion titled, “Yes, You Can”. She has written several books, including “Country Love and Laughter.” She has been a public speaker for many years at various venues including seminars, churches, and community groups. She loves to encourage “would-be writers” to take the leap into writing, and says, “Yes, you can,” as she talks about making the seemingly impossible, possible.

“Horace Greeley: Using Communication to Influence Public Opinion” by Annabelle McGovern will be shown at 2:30 p.m. The short documentary, created by Miss McGovern, was awarded the Friends of the Vermont Statehouse Freedom and Unity Civics prize.

Registration forms for the 19th annual Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium, are available at most businesses, schools, and libraries in the area in Vermont and New York. The registration fee is $65 for adults, $20 for students and includes an early registration fee of $55 before Sept. 15. The Horace Greeley Foundation is funded through donations and proceeds from the annual symposium. It is dedicated to promoting the writer’s trade and the spirit of public oratory that was central to Horace Greeley’s life. For more information call 802-287-2577, or write to: Horace Greeley Foundation, 95 On the Green, Poultney, VT 05764. You may pay online at

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