Opportunities and Announcements: Week of August 11, 2014

The most important thing we do for each other is provide honest, thoughtful responses for our friends and fellow writers. I’ve written an essay that offers six strategies for providing this feedback. I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and use these strategies next time you respond to someone’s work.

Here are the opportunities and announcements for this week.


Volunteer job alert #1! I need one person to help me schedule workshops. It requires a basic knowledge of how Meetup.com works. This is an on-going position that requires some work only one day each month. Please contact me if you’re interested in any volunteer position.

Volunteer job alert #2! I need one person (or maybe two) to help me promote upcoming workshops through Facebook and Twitter. I’ll give you access to both accounts. This would require about a half-hour of work once each week.

Volunteer job alert #3! I need one person to help me with some graphic design projects. If you’re good with Photoshop, InDesign, Canva, or any other program that could help with the creation of Facebook covers, posters, infographics, flyers, etc. please let me know.

The deadline for your winter tales has been extended to August 15th. We’re looking for winter and/or holiday themed pieces for Vermont Stage Company’s “Winter Tales,” a production that runs several nights in December and is seen by more than 1,200 people. We need your 2,500-word story or essay. Something light-hearted is best. A professional actor will read it on stage. Send it to: submissions@burlingtonwritersworkshop.com


Please do join us at Bluebird BBQ on Wednesday, September 10th for the Burlington Writers Workshop’s community night. A portion of all the restaurant’s sales will go to the BWW, which we greatly need for the production of Mud Season Review and Best of 2015. We need at least 25 people to make this work (Bluebird’s rules) so please RSVP here!

The Burlington Book Festival is hosting a fundraising event later this month at Arts Riot. It’s a screening of the film “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia.” Wednesday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP here.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri will be reading at the Burlington Book Festival on September 20th. This is a big deal. It’s free to attend, so RSVP here.

A committee of BWW members is working to create a table for advertising rates. Our “underwriters” would support the BWW by getting a message to all of you, most likely through our tile images on the right-hand side of the website. Stay tuned for details. If you’re interested in becoming an underwriter, contact me.

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