Vermont Humanities

Writers for Recovery Workshop

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Speakers Bureau

Three people writing at a white table in a room with brown walls

Founded in 2014, Vermont’s Writers for Recovery (WFR)  offers a unique outlet for people with substance use disorder to share their stories and heal.

WFR has produced writing workshops in Vermont recovery centers, correctional facilities, libraries, and schools. They’ve published five print anthologies and created a Vermont Public podcast. Via Zoom, they’ve drawn participants from around the world.

In this engaging participatory workshop, you’ll hear the powerful stories of people in recovery. You’ll learn how and why the writing techniques used in Writers for Recovery enable people to ease their emotional pain, reduce their feelings of shame, and move forward toward recovery. You’ll even develop new tools for managing stress and difficult situations in your own life.

After this workshop, you’ll look at substance use disorder and people in recovery through a more positive and productive lens. And you’ll discover how the simple act of writing and sharing stories can help us all lead better, more connected lives.

Additional Costs

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Booking a talk

First, contact the speaker by clicking on their biography below to confirm their availability and discuss any special arrangements.

Then, click this “Book this Talk!” button to send a request form to Vermont Humanities. We’ll respond within one week.

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About the Presenters

Bess O'Brien with sandy blonde hair wearing a gray jacket focusing a video camera with the woods as a backdrop

Bess O’Brien

Bess O’Brien is the director and producer of a number of award-winning films including her latest documentary “Just Getting By” which is focused on Vermonters struggling with food and housing insecurity.

Gary Miller with a red beard and glasses playing guitar and smiling

Gary Miller

Gary Miller’s short story collection “Museum of the Americas” was a finalist for the 2015 Vermont Book Award. Gary has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction, and has been named a finalist in the James Jones Novel Fellowship Contest.

Talks by Writers for Recovery

Three people writing at a white table in a room with brown walls

Writers for Recovery Workshop

In this engaging participatory workshop, you’ll hear the powerful stories of people in recovery. You’ll learn how and why the writing techniques used in Writers for Recovery enable people to ease their emotional pain, reduce their feelings of shame, and move forward toward recovery. You’ll even develop new tools for managing stress and difficult situations in your own life. 

Vermont Humanities*** June 10, 2024