In this issue (click to jump to a section):
Poetry Master Class with Karin Gottshall
Figuration Smorgasbord: Roll up Your Sleeves and Get Messy with Metaphor
Saturdays: March 3, 10, and 17 at 10:30 a.m. in Burlington
We’ve just added a great opportunity for our poets in March! Join poet Karin Gottshall—author of 2 award-winning collections of poems and 3 chapbooks published by independent presses—for a deep dive into the realm of metaphor, investigating its ability to widen our minds and perceptive abilities. We’ll look at examples of poems that use figurative effects such as synesthesia, metonymy, and synecdoche, along with our old favorites from elementary school, and then we’ll craft our own poems using generative exercises and prompts.
Karin will be offering 3 separate workshops with us in March (Saturdays, March 3, 10, and 17). These workshops do not need to be taken as a series. Since the workshops are coming up soon, we won’t be holding a lottery for these. Please sign up for each workshop individually.
RSVP for March 3 >
RSVP for March 10 >
RSVP for March 17 >
These workshops are funded in part by the BCA Community Fund.
Prose Master Class with Baron Wormser
Individual workshops to be held Wednesdays, March 14, 21, and 28, 6:30 p.m. in Burlington
These workshops will consider how various approaches to sentence construction can broaden any writer’s approach to his or her material. We will do 2 prompts each session, one from a fiction writer and one from a nonfiction writer.
Each is an individual workshop and they do not need to be attended as a series. Participation in these workshops will be decided via a lottery. The lottery closes on Friday, February 23, midnight. Enter the lottery now >
Open Mic Night
Monday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Lit Club at the Light Club Lamp Shop, 12 North Winooski
Mud season can be a boon to our writing, a quiet time to tune our voices word by word, line by line (what else are we going to do?). But come March, if your pen feels a bit stir crazy and your words are dying to get off the screen or page, out on the town and onto the stage…then please join us on Monday, March 12th when the BWW teams up with the Lamp Shop Lit Club for its next thrilling open mic event. Open to all genres, whether read, recited, sung or mashed up with siracha on the side…we invite folks on stage to do their thing—the only restriction, we ask each performer to please limit mic time to 5 minutes or less. If November’s packed reading was a sign, we’re in for another eclectic and electric ride in March.
Sign-ups will be by lottery. To request time on the roster, simply RSVP and leave a comment in the Meetup event by Friday, February 23 letting us know you’d like a spot. We’ll confirm the line-up by Monday, February 26. Preference will be given to those who didn’t get a spot in the last open mic.
Enter the Open Mic lottery >
If you don’t get a spot in the BWW portion of this event, don’t worry! Feel free to come by and sign up for the Lit Club’s continued open mic to follow, with a first-come, first-served sign up system. And keep your eye out for the next BWW open mic coming this summer.
Have you been wanting to join our workshops, but not sure how to get started?
If so, please join us for a new member meeting. Board members Rebecca Starks and Danielle Thierry will help fill you in on how everything works and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also workshop a piece of writing to help you better understand our process of giving feedback to fellow writers. Writers of all skill levels, from experienced to brand new, are welcome! RSVP now >
Update on BWW anthology naming poll
Thanks to those who responded to the follow-up poll on whether or not to rename the BWW anthology—and if so, what to call it. The answer to the first question was clear: 62% of responses favor renaming the anthology. On the second point, the comments and objective responses suggest we haven’t come up with just the right replacement yet, and more creativity is in order.
We’ll know it when we hear it! The “right” name will have the kind of wit and fit that “Mud Season Review” has for the BWW literary journal, and we just aren’t there yet.
The staff is just being assembled for this year’s edition, and the call for entries is about to be issued for publication in the fall. So stay tuned for more conversation at workshops, online and at gatherings, and please share your naming brainstorms via the contact form>
BWW board update
Your board of directors met on Thursday, February 15. Minutes from the meeting will be available soon. The next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Burlington Writers Workshop space.
Flynn Center Blog
BWW members regularly blog for the Flynn Center.
Read Cynthia Close’s preview of the 3-part harmony group The Sweet Remains >
Read Joyce Gallimore’s review of Pilobolus’ Shadowland >
Congrats & thanks
Congrats to Cynthia Close, whose review of The Criterion Collection, 100 Years of Olympic Films, 1912 – 2012, was recently featured in Documentary magazine.
Congrats to Terry Cleveland, who was selected for this year’s Vermont Studio Center residency.
Nina Gaby, who won the New Millennium Writings Monthly Musepaper Award for her flash creative nonfiction piece, “The Sum of its Parts.”
Congrats to Margaret Grant, whose short story, “Arrieta 410,” was recently accepted for publication by Kenyon Review.