Opportunities and Announcements: Week of July 18, 2016

Mud Season Review

View Issue #22 at www.mudseasonreview.com

A stunning new issue of Mud Season Review went live today. Issue #22 features the artwork of Ken Hohing, the fiction of Caitlin Hamilton Summie, the nonfiction of Barry Maxwell, and the poetry of Bruce Alford. I highly encourage you to check out Issue #22 >

Opportunities

Speaking of Mud Season Review…we are opening up several positions on the MSR staff so if you’d like to get involved—or if you’re already on staff and would like to try something new—now’s the time.

Positions open now include:

  • Managing Editor, Project and Communications
  • Managing Editor, Print Issue
  • Interview Editor
  • PR/Marketing Manager
  • Events Coordinator
  • Proofreaders

Positions opening in September include:

  • Editor-in-chief
  • Nonfiction Co-editor
  • Art Co-editor
  • Copyeditor

Learn more about the responsibilities, desired qualifications, and estimated time commitment for these positions. Get more info and apply now >

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of July 11, 2016

May Fundraiser UpdateThe May fundraising numbers are in. And they are impressive. Together, we raised a total of $7,802 in Maycombining our regular sustaining member donations and one-time donations coming in as part of the May fundraiser (including Mud Season Review manuscript reviews). This is exciting, as it will allow us to continue supporting the many high-quality, accessible literary workshops, programs, events, and publications that enrich all our livesand the larger Vermont creative community.

In fact, as we speak, your board is working hard on a workshop leader training program that will help our workshop leaders continue to grow in their roles and provide practical tools they can use to keep enhancing the workshop experience for all members. And that’s just one among many efforts to keep the BWW moving forward.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of July 4, 2016

BWW poet Deb Sherrer

Poet Deb Sherrer reads at the Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 launch party

If you missed the Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 launch party earlier this spring, you can now check out the podcast from the evening! Listen to readings by Linda Quinlan, Ashleigh Ellsworth-Keller, Cardy Raper, Natasha Mieszkowski, and Deb Sherrer—all of whom have work featured in the anthology. And, if you like what you hear, consider picking up your own copy to read more.

Copies are $12 each and can be purchased in our Burlington space (by cash or check made payable to “Burlington Writers Workshop”) or online through our digital store.
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Podcast: The Launch of “The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016”

Natasha Mieszkowski reads her short story "Bug" at the launch party on April 29, 2016.

Natasha Mieszkowski reads her short story “Bug” at the launch party on April 29, 2016.

Miss the launch of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 back in April? Fear not! We’ve got a podcast of readings by Linda Quinlan, Ashleigh Ellsworth-Keller, Cardy Raper, Natasha Mieszkowski, and Deb Sherrer. Click on the player below and enjoy! And remember, you can pick up your very own copy by bringing $12 (cash or check made payable to “Burlington Writers Workshop”) to our space at 110 Main Street, Studio 3C in Burlington, or pick one up online in our digital store.

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of June 27, 2016

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The BWW’s Infinite Summer 2016 kicks off with a picnic

Summer at the BWW is in full swing. And that means another annual Infinite Summer series is too. This series is, for me, a perfect example of what I love about the way we work here at the BWW, with programming driven by member ideas and the dedicated volunteers willing to make them happen. Last summer, we joined forces with Patrick Brownson, who’d been leading Infinite Summer (a summer-long guided reading of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest) for 2 years in Burlington. The initial group had so much fun together, we decided to extend the idea of a BWW literature reading series to an all-year affair. Members voted on which books to read each season (this year’s picks: Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend for the fall and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities for the spring). And now we’re a month into our second year of the BWW’s Infinite Summer series.

Here are a few thoughts from Patrick on how it’s going so far:

“On May 31st, we began the 4th annual Infinite Summer in Burlington. This is not the easiest club to be a part of—in that photo of our first meeting, the book is mostly being used to hold down the picnic blanket. Reading and digesting the whole novel is an enormous undertaking, both because of its sheer size and the weight of its subject matter. Nevertheless, we are entering 2016 with 8 dedicated readers who, at only 150+ pages, are already enriching my own reading. We’ve covered everything from the book’s horrendous and rampant drug use to irony and sincerity in American consumer culture to the genre-busting nature of Wallace’s masterpiece. I am so grateful that Burlington has produced so many thoughtful citizens with enough down time to help me get this thing read, and I can’t wait to see which way the conversations lead us.”
—Patrick Brownson, Infinite Summer workshop leader

You can also read another perspective on this growing group of dedicated readers from member Anna Carey. And if you haven’t had a chance to join yet, not to worry. We’ll have a new reading series in the fall—with the opportunity to help pick the book—and hopefully we’ll be kicking off yet another Infinite Summer next June!

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of June 21, 2016

Mud Season Review Issue #21Issue #21 of Mud Season Review is now live! Take a look at this month’s issue to see the artwork of Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees and read the fiction of Jessica Bryant Klagmann, nonfiction of Nancy Wyland, and poetry of Ace Boggess.

Opportunities

An opportunity from a BWW sponsor, the League of Vermont Writers

Support for the BWW comes from the League of Vermont Writers. LVW invites you to their biennial WRITERS MEET AGENTS event on July 23 at the Double Tree Hotel in South Burlington. The all-day event includes presentations, panels, and opportunities to pitch your finished manuscript to agents.

Several BWW members have signed up so far and we’ll also have a booth at the event. Hope to see you there! Visit the LVW website to register, purchase one-on-one pitch sessions, and get more details > 

Other upcoming opportunities

Never been to a BWW workshop?
Our new member informational workshops are the best way to get started. There are still spots left in our next one coming up on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington.  We’ll talk about how the workshops work, our approach to giving feedback, how to submit a request to have your work reviewed, and the many other opportunities for getting involved in the BWW. RSVP now >

Get involved by volunteering
The saying may be worn, but the sentiment is not. Lots of hands make light work. If you’d like to volunteer to help out with the BWW, please contact us anytime. If you’re not sure how you can help or how much time you can give, we’re happy to find opportunities that fit your skills and schedule. There are many ways, big and small, in-person and virtual, that you can be part of helping the BWW keep doing what we do.

Read for Mud Season Review
Interested in fiction? You might enjoy becoming a fiction reader for our literary journal, Mud Season Review. While there are occasional in-person staff meetings for the journal, much of the work for this role can be done online from home. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us.

Announcements

Retreat update

The lottery for our first retreat (the guided fiction retreat with Megan Mayhew Bergman) is now closed. Thank you to all who entered. Lottery winners will be notified and asked to confirm their spots by June 24. If you don’t hear from us, we encourage you to enter the lotteries for future retreats. The next lottery will be open beginning July 1. More info on upcoming retreats can be found here >

Flynn Center blog

Burlington Writers Workshop members regularly blog for the Flynn. These members recently wrote about performances as part of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival:

Lorraine Ryan wrote this review of Diane Schuur and the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

Brett Sigurdson wrote this review of Antibalas and this review of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

Josh McDonald wrote this review of the Ingrid Jensen Quintet.

Congrats and thanks

A huge congratulations to our chairman of the board, Peter Biello, for his radio team’s recent National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Association. Peter and his New Hampshire Public Radio news team won in the category of New Series for their series titled “The First Decade: Early Childhood Disparities and the Future of N.H.’s Kids.” You can listen to the full series here >

Welcome to Lauren Bender, our new Mud Season Review poetry reader.

Thank you Dan Hopkinson, our new space volunteer for Tuesday summers in the Burlington space.

Thank you to Darlene Witte-Townsend and Wendy Andersen for their work in reconfiguring our Burlington workshop space.

Our hours

Stop into our Burlington space (110 Main Street, Studio 3C) during the following times this week to get some quiet writing or reading time in, or to find out more about the BWW:

Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of June 13, 2016

Writers Kerrin McCadden and Jensen Beach

Kerrin McCadden and Jensen Beach share their process at the February 2016 StoryCraft event

Our July schedule is up at Meetup.com and we have lots of great summer workshops on the schedule, including guest author workshops with fiction writer Jensen Beach and poet Kerrin McCadden. Spots are filling up fast. RSVP now for Jensen’s workshop on Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. in Burlington and for Kerrin’s workshop on Monday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. in Burlington.

Opportunities

An opportunity from a BWW sponsor, the League of Vermont Writers

Support for the BWW comes from the League of Vermont Writers. LVW invites you to their biennial WRITERS MEET AGENTS event on July 23 at the Double Tree Hotel in South Burlington. The all-day event includes presentations, panels, and opportunities to pitch your finished manuscript to agents. Visit the LVW website to register, purchase one-on-one pitch sessions, and get more details > 

Other upcoming opportunities

PechaKucha Night: Vermonters on the Crafting of Good Stories. Join our StoryCraft partners for a PechaKucha Night on July 14, 6 p.m. at Chef’s Corner/FlynnDog Gallery, 208 Flynn Ave in Burlington—the final event in the StoryCraft series. As the BWW partnered with RETN and Spindle & Widget to kick off the first session in the series, we hope BWW members will come out to support the final event. PechaKucha is a worldwide phenomenon that uses a quick and concise presentation format that allows several presenters to share their ideas in one evening. Learn more about this event or about being a presenter >

Stowe Story Labs is offering a 4-day intensive program, September 10-13, 2016 at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT, for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers with narrative projects in all stages of development. Submit an application >

Join us for a new member informational workshop on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. If you’ve been wanting to attend a BWW workshop, but haven’t been sure how to get started, here’s your chance. Please join us for an informational meeting for new members. We’ll talk about how the workshops work, our approach to giving feedback, how to submit a request to have your work reviewed, and the many other opportunities for getting involved in the BWW. RSVP now >

Enter the retreat lottery for our fiction retreat with Megan Mayhew Bergman on Saturday, July 23. The lottery is open through June 15. Get more details and enter your name >

Announcements

Flynn Center blog

Burlington Writers Workshop members regularly blog for the Flynn. These members recently wrote about performances as part of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival:

Brett Sigurdson wrote this preview of Antibalas and this preview of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

Lorraine Ryan wrote this preview of Diane Schuur & the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

Cynthia Close wrote this review of Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars and this review of Jenny Scheinman & Myra Melford.

Congrats and thanks

Thank you to Barbie Alsop for her generous donation of a printer/copier for the BWW space.

Our hours

Stop into our Burlington space (110 Main Street, Studio 3C) during the following times this week to get some quiet writing or reading time in, or to find out more about the BWW:

Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of June 6, 2016

Thank You! (1)Thank you to all the kind and generous writers who made contributions to the Burlington Writers Workshop during our May fundraiser. We had a goal of $6,000 and we definitely reached that goal. The exact amount isn’t clear yet. We’re still waiting on a few checks that were pledged in May. Once those come in, we’ll be able to give you a better picture of how much we raised. But you did great work and you’re helping us cover the cost of the space, our events, and our publications. And there are still some pint glasses available as a thank-you gift if you’d like to make a $150 contribution!

Your fearless leader, Danielle Thierry, took a short break from BWW-related duties last week, so I’m filling in with this regular update on literary opportunities and organization announcements. If I’ve missed something, please let me know!

Opportunities

Our friends at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts are offering a special deal on their “Performance Creation” class for BWW members. From their website: “How do we harness our diverse art-making toward a socially conscious bigger purpose? Find out by working together to share, inspire, create, and collaborate in this unique, interdisciplinary intensive weekend with fellow artists. Using improvisation in a variety of structured solo and group formats, we explore different ways of creating, ultimately devising a powerful interdisciplinary performance piece that speaks our collective and individual truths.” Use the promo code BWW for 50% off.

As you may know, we’ve got a few books to sell this year (The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 and Mud Season Review 2016). Libraries often buy these, but they need to be asked first! I’ve got a list of libraries that we can divide up among a few intrepid volunteers. Volunteers would call the libraries and ask if they’d like to buy one of these. You’ll send me the list of which libraries want which books, and I’ll send out books and invoices. Any volunteers ready to help? Contact me.

Announcements

Cynthia Close has a few new posts up on the Flynn Center blog.

Brett Sigurdson interviews Jennifer Sinor in Mud Season Review.

JD Fox interviews Tyler Barton in Mud Season Review.

Thanks to JD Fox, Natasha Mieskowski, Katie Stromme, Robin Lauzon, and Rebecca Starks for helping out with Mud Season Review feedback thank-you gifts. We raised about $4,300 in May thanks to their hard work.

And, of course, the July workshops are now posted. Please take a moment to claim your seat! (You must log into Meetup.com, of course.)

 

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 31, 2016

BWW 2016 Retreats

Retreat season is upon us once again! In both the 2014 and 2015 BWW member surveys, writing retreats topped the list of member priorities. Last year’s retreat series was a great success and we’re excited to bring you the series again this year.

Our retreat committee has created 4 retreats to be held monthly, July – October. To make sure there’s something for everyone, we’re offering a mix of locations, topics, and retreat types—with 3 guided retreats in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry led by accomplished instructors as well as a free-form retreat with lots of time for focusing on your own writing projects in a quiet, inspiring atmosphere. As with all of our programming, these retreats are free. Participation will be decided through a lottery system.

First up in the series is a Guided Fiction Retreat with Megan Mayhew Bergman, Saturday, July 23 in Georgia, VT. The lottery for this retreat will be open now through June 15.

Learn more about the retreats and how you can participate > 

Fundraising update

We’re wrapping up our May Fundraiser and it’s looking like we’re going to hit our goal! As of right now, we’re just $10 away from our $6,000 goal for the month. Thank you. And if you’d like to be the one to get us to the goal, consider donating $10 or more today. We’ll share the final fundraising numbers next week. It is so inspiring to know that we have the funds to keep programs like the retreat series going!

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 23, 2016

Mud Season Review

Check out Mud Season Review Issue #20 at www.mudseasonreview.com

Mud Season Review Issue #20 is live this week! I encourage you to check out the environmental artwork of Sally Linder and delve into the writing of Tyler Barton (fiction), Lauren Spinabelli (nonfiction), and Peter Vanderberg (poetry). Read the issue >

If you couldn’t make it to MSR‘s launch party for print issue vol. 2, or you just want to hear the fantastic readings from Robin McLean, Alison Prine, Ralph Culver, and Sean Prentiss again, you can also check out our podcast of the evening.  The print issue can be purchased online or in our Burlington space.

Fundraising update

We’ve raised $4,450 of our $6,000 goal! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. If you haven’t made your donation yet during our May Fundraiser, I hope you’ll consider giving what you can to help us keep Mud Season Review and all the other great things we’re doing here going for another year. For sustaining donors ($12/month or a one-time, $150 donation), we’ll thank you with a pair of BWW pint glasses.

Opportunities

Contest and awards

Southern Poetry Review‘s Guy Owen Award offers $1,000 and publication for an unpublished poem. Deadline (postmark) is May 31, 2016. Read the full submission guidelines >

BOA Editions offers $1,000 and publication for a short story collection (90 – 200 pages). Deadline is May 31, 2016. Read the full submission guidelines >

Upcoming workshops

Our first Saturday Prose Workshop is coming up on June 4. Join us at the Burlington space at 10:30 a.m. RSVP now >

Join us for the first of our summer Monday Night Poetry Workshops on June 6, 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. It’s all poetry, all summer on Monday nights. RSVP now >

Announcements

Do you have interest in a potential children’s writing workshop? We have a member who is eager to see who else might enjoy discussing and workshopping children’s literature. If you’re interested, please contact us so we can gauge interest in a potential workshop.

Flynn Center blog

BWW members regularly blog for the Flynn.

Cynthia Close recently wrote this review of Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s May 14 performance at FlynnSpace.

Congrats and thanks

Congratulations to Deena Frankel and Bill Torrey for their excellent showing in The Vermont Moth GrandSLAM II: When Worlds Collide at the Flynn.

Thank you to Eva Gumprecht for her work in securing a great new home for our Montpelier workshops.

Our hours

Stop into our Burlington space (110 Main Street, Studio 3C) during the following times this week to get some quiet writing or reading time in, or to find out more about the BWW:

Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Podcast: Mud Season Review’s 2016 Print Launch Party

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Alison Prine reads from her work at Hotel Vermont on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

You may have heard that Mud Season Review launched its second print issue at Hotel Vermont a few weeks ago. If you missed the readings by Robin McLean, Alison Prine, Ralph Culver, and Sean Prentiss, you can listen to them here!

You can purchase your copy of Mud Season Review here.

Our podcast is available on iTunes, so feel free to subscribe to it there!

Being allowed to give

Eva Gumprecht, BWW Montpelier workshop coordinator

Eva Gumprecht, BWW Montpelier workshop coordinator

Coordinating a BWW workshop is sort of like herding cats. And it just so happens that I love cats. But I didn’t set out to be a cat herder. About 2 years ago, I innocently asked Peter [Biello, founder of the BWW] if the BWW had ever thought of holding workshops in Montpellier so that those of us from the hinterlands wouldn’t have to repeatedly risk our lives in the Bolton Flats. He responded, “We’ve thought about it, but didn’t have anyone willing to coordinate them.” The rest is history.

The thing I’ve appreciated most about the BWW has not been what I’ve gotten from it, but what I’ve been allowed to give. How many places do you know of, in this increasingly disconnected and regulated world of ours, where one is allowed to give what one has to offer? And to have what one gives treated as precious.

At its best BWW is not an “organization”—it is a living, breathing communal organism. Most organizations, including most writing programs, are basically service stations. You pay your money, you get services or goods in return, and you leave. At the BWW, there really and truly isn’t anyone here but us chickens (mixed metaphor between cats and chickens, but you get the point). There is the potential for something much more vibrant and rare than an “organization.” There is the rare chance here for a vast interdependent web that we will continue to weave together.

We think so much about what we want to get, to have, from life.  But really, in terms of what makes life worth living, what creates health and a sense of purpose, it’s what we get to give that counts. And to have our talents, our attempts, our energies, our generous and compassionate impulses, even our failures, received with appreciation and care.

I thought, when I attended my first workshops, that I would learn from having my work critiqued. But over these years I have learned far, far more from offering feedback to others. I’ve been blown away by the incredible variety of minds and the courage it takes to expose one’s private world and work to others. There are pieces to which I would never have given a second look if I saw them elsewhere….genres I thought I didn’t like, subject matter which I thought bored me. But the commitment we make to each other, when we sign up to attend a workshop, is to treat each piece the way we hope ours would be received.

It is an honor to be handed someone’s work. And so I expand my world.  I learn to practice patience, to find the gems in the sometimes very roughly hewn rock, to enter into someone else’s mind and heart and ask myself how I can help them to get where they want to go. People achieve things I would never have even attempted. It is an exercise in exchanging minds and souls.

It is this exchange that I support when I give to the BWW. I hope you will too.

—Eva Gumprecht, BWW Montpelier workshop coordinator

**Become a sustaining member at $12/month or a one-time donation of $150 and we’ll thank you with a pair of BWW pint glasses! Donate now >

 

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 16, 2016

may 2016 fundraiser (2)Another week brings another huge thanks to everyone who has donated to our May Fundraiser so farand an extra thank you to Michael Freed-Thall for his generous matching challenge.

Together, we’ve raised $3,540 and we’re more than halfway to our $6,000 goal with half the month still remaining. This means that we’re well on our way to fully funding the many events, programs, and publications that start from your ideas and continue thanks to our collective work, dedication, and passion for this community and what it brings to all of us.

If you haven’t made your donation yet, I hope you’ll consider giving what you can. And remember, if you’re able to become a sustaining member (at $12/month or a $150 one-time donation), we’ll thank you with a pair of BWW pint glasses.

Opportunities

Speaking of the events, programs, and publications that come to fruition through member ideas and dedication, our June 2016 calendar is up and includes both ongoing workshops as well as some new offerings. Here are just a few workshops to check out:

Infinite Summer 2016

Infinite Summer: A Guided Reading of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest
Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington, June 7 – August 30

Infinite Summer is back and it’s filling up quickly! Join us for a 13-week guided reading of David Foster Wallace’s epic Infinite Jest. Whether you’ve always meant to read this masterpiece of postmodern literature, started it but couldn’t stick with the challenge, or have read it before but want to dig in deeper, this is the perfect way to commit to a full reading—and get more out of the book by sharing the perspectives of a community of readers. This series is led by Patrick Brownson, workshop leader for the BWW’s literature reading series, who has read Infinite Jest 6 times to date. Sign up now >

New Saturday Prose Workshop
Every first Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Burlington

Thanks to BWW board member and Mud Season Review fiction reader Cathy Beaudoin, we’re now offering a monthly Saturday prose workshop. Join us on the first Saturday of each month to discuss two short works of fiction or nonfiction submitted by workshop members. The first workshop will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. in Burlington. RSVP now >

New Member Informational Meeting
Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington
If you’ve been wanting to attend a BWW workshop, but haven’t been sure how to get started, here’s your chance. Please join us for an informational meeting for new members. We’ll talk about how the workshops work, our approach to giving feedback, how to submit a request to have your work reviewed, and the many other opportunities for getting involved in the BWW. RSVP now > 
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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 9, 2016

Support the Burlington Writers WorkshopWe’re making great progress toward our May fundraising goal of $6,000. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to help us raise $1,981 in our first week!

This great start is a true testament to how much our community means to its members. If you haven’t donated yet, we hope you’ll consider making a contribution in any amount to help us to continue producing high-quality literature like Mud Season Review, providing forums for authors to read their work at events like Saturday’s print issue launch party, and bringing accomplished authors like Julia Shipley to our workshops.

And remember: If you become a sustaining member at $12/month or a one-time donation of $150, we’ll thank you with a pair of BWW pint glasses, so you can raise a toast to this awesome community anytime you want!

Opportunities

Don’t miss your chance to workshop your poetry with Julia Shipley.

Julia Shipley with the Burlington Writers Workshop

Julia Shipley will lead The Monday Workshop on May 16 in Burlington

We still have spots open in the Monday Workshop with Julia Shipley, Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. And, we’re looking for two poets to submit their work for review. This is a wonderful opportunity to get feedback on your work from an award-winning poet—as well as your fellow BWW members.

Julia Shipley is the author of a full-length poetry collection, The Academy of Hay, (Bona Fide Books, 2015) winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, and a long-form lyric essay, Adam’s Mark, (Plowboy Press, 2014), which was selected as a Boston Globe Best New England Books of 2014. She is also the author of four poetry chapbooks, including the limited edition, letterpress printed One Ton Crumb (CC&B, 2014), First Do No Harm(Honeybee Press, 2014), Herd (2010), winner of the Sheltering Pines Press Chapbook Award, and Planet Jr. (2012) winner of the Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award from Flyway Journal of Writing and Environment. Winner of the Ralph Nading Hill Award, and finalist for the Curt Johnson Prose Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Teachers and Writers Bechtel Award, she’s also received grants from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council (Featured grantee 8/4 /2011), and received fellowships to The Frost Place (NH), The Center for Book Arts (NYC) and The Studios of Key West (FL).

Send a request to submit your work for this workshop. And don’t forget to RSVP to save your spot!

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The BWW changed my life

Deena Frankel, leader of the BWW oral storytelling workshop

Deena Frankel, leader of the BWW’s oral storytelling workshop

The BWW changed my life. Really.

I’d been to a bunch of workshops, but never submitted work, as I struggled to transition from the dry writing in my day job to creative nonfiction. Then one idle Thursday night, I went to an oral storytelling workshop for want of a better plan, and I went home with a draft of my first “Moth-style” story. This new medium turned a key in my creative life. I’ve been telling oral stories ever since AND for me those oral stories became the gateway to the writing I’d been striving for. [Editor’s note: To see how far Deena’s storytelling has taken her, come hear her weave her storytelling magic on the Flynn MainStage for The Vermont Moth GrandSLAM II, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 8:00 p.m.]

Workshopping member writing is surely the heart of the BWW—for writers and readers alike. But the BWW is so much more. A place of continuous learning about the art, craft, and business of storytelling in its many forms. A community of colleagues and friends. Rich opportunities to try on new professional roles, whether staffing Mud Season Review or The Best of the BWW, or leading a workshop.

And all for one low price of admission: nothing. But of course it isn’t really free; it’s just on the honor system. We may operate on a staff-less shoestring, but you’ve still got to buy the shoestring.

What we provide and produce together at BWW is quite an extraordinary feat of community. I feel honor bound to do my part for that community by donating my money, as well as my time. I hope you will too.

Deena Frankel, leader of the BWW’s oral storytelling workshop, design editor of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016, and senior nonfiction reader for Mud Season Review

**Become a sustaining member at $12/month or a one-time donation of $150 and we’ll thank you with a pair of BWW pint glasses! Donate now >