Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium returns to East Poultney for 15th year

Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.—EAST POULTNEY—In its 15th year of offering the writers’ symposium, the non-profit Horace Greeley Foundation, funded through donations and proceeds from Symposium fees, is dedicated to promoting the writer’s trade and the spirit of public oration that was central to Greeley’s life. The symposium will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the United Baptist Church, on the green, East Poultney.

Registration for this event is $80, with a special student rate of $20. Registration is available online at; via forms found in brochures throughout the region; or at the event.

The Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium is a celebration of Horace Greeley’s life. The symposium explores the art of writing as presented by publishers and writers in the fields of literature, poetry, philosophy, and history.

This year’s keynote speaker is Oregon author and filmmaker Marilyn Johnston. She received a fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts, a Robert Penn Warren Award, the Donna J. Stone National Literary Award for Poetry, and won the 2017 Flash Fiction Contest by the Salmon Creek Journal. She founded the Mid-Valley Veterans’ Writers and is a creative writing instructor for the Artists in the Schools program, primarily working with incarcerated youth. “Red Dust Rising,” a collection of poems about her family’s healing from war, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Additional featured speakers include: Joni Cole, the author of “Another Bad-Dog Book” and a regular contributor to The Writer magazine; Jackie Gordon, a self publisher and public speaker; Laird Christensen, director of the English and Writing programs at Green Mountain College, as well as the graduate program in resilient and sustainable communities.

The symposium is a day of learning for writers of all ages, experience levels, and genres. For more information, visit

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