I noticed this video by Beth Massi on the asp.net video tutorials page. It's a great peek at xml literals in visual basic. If you are committed to VB.NET then this is a most excellent boon. One concern I may have is that if I am looking at changing over to C# in the future then dealing with a load of xml literals is going to make like that little bit harder. But if/by the time it comes round to that there may be a bigger and better way of lording it up over xml anyway.
Worth a watch. -> xml literals in VB.Net I would have embedded the video but silverlight didn't seem to work correctly on Posterous so you will have to just follow the link.