Opportunities and Announcements: December 15, 2014

Thanks to our generous donors and challengers, the BWW has now raised $2,442 toward our overall goal of $5,000 this month. Thank you!

The BWW is now giving away a $50 gift card to Phoenix Books. Make a contribution in any amount by midnight on Friday and you’ll be entered to win. Yes, you could even give $5 and be entered. And if you’re a “sustainer”—if you give automatically every month—you’re already entered into this drawing.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution today.

We’ve got lots to news to discuss this week, including an exciting partnership, so let’s get right to it. Here are this week’s opportunities and announcements.

Opportunities

I’m happy to announce that we’ve received some grant funding for a special project. Exact amount is TBD. A group called PlanBTV South End is working on convening a conversation about the growth of Burlington’s south end. BWW members are about to become a huge part of that conversation. Here’s what we’re planning:

The Burlington Writers Workshop and PlanBTV South End are calling for writers and photographers to work together to convene a conversation about the present and future of Burlington’s South End. We need seven writers to work together with seven photographers to profile parts of the South End as it is now and/or imagine its future.

Burlington's South End is full of cool stuff, such as this "tallest file cabinet in the world." You could photograph/write about something like this! We encourage creativity.

Burlington’s South End is full of cool stuff, such as this “tallest file cabinet in the world.” You could photograph/write about something like this! We encourage creativity.

Here’s how it works: A writer and a photographer will pair up to depict in photographs and words some element of BTV’s South End. These works will be on display at a reception in February 2015.

The writer/photographer team will work together however they choose, but the end result must be a photo and a piece of writing (preferably a poem) that are in conversation, since they will be displayed together.

If you’re a writer seeking a photographer, or a photographer seeking a writer, or if you have any other questions about this, please get in touch by contacting me.

We value your creativity, and we encourage you to think about the following demographics as you brainstorm your potential subjects: children and families, low income neighborhoods, new Americans or immigrants, artists, senior citizens, business owners, and residents.

Each participant will be compensated a flat rate of $50.

One other opportunity for you to consider: We need a volunteer to manage the Flynn Center submissions. The gist of the job is that you corral submissions to the Flynn Center blog, which BWW writers write for in exchange for tickets to free shows. Learn more here. Contact me here.

Announcements

The editors of THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015 have narrowed down the list of pieces they want to publish. They read these submissions without knowing who wrote them, so once I provide the editors with the names and contact information of the authors, they will be in touch. If you’re an author, please do not be alarmed if you haven’t yet heard from the editors. They are working very hard to make wise choices, but they’ll definitely be in touch by the end of this month.

The BWW writing center will be closed starting after the December 20th workshop and will re-open on January 5, 2015. Rob Lietar and I will put the finishing touches on the new tables. I’ll also touch up the walls of the workshop space with fresh white paint. If anyone wants to help out, let me know. I’ll be doing this work Dec 21-23.

A few BWW members are planning a “book club” for Saturdays starting in early 2015. Stay tuned for details on that.

We’ll be launching THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015 at Arts Riot on Friday, April 3rd from 6-10 p.m. RSVP now. We loved BCA, but as we learned last April, this event is too large for that venue. Arts Riot can accommodate up to 200 people in its main performance room. They have a built-in sound system, ample seating, and, of course, a cash bar.

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