Opportunities and Announcements: Week of December 22, 2014

The BWW writing center is closed this week, but a few writers will stop by later today to touch up the paint on the walls and sand/stain the new tables.

Since January, we’ve used donated tables of different sizes. These new tables will match and look really nice. Our writing, and the group itself, gets better slowly, with help from friends. I’m looking forward to the growth we’ll see in 2015.

On that note: We’re still doing the whole fundraising thing. I know—loads of fun, right? We’re doing pretty well with our goal. We need another $2400 to reach our overall goal. It would be easy to say that means 24 people giving $100 each, but the math rarely works out that way. Generally speaking, people chip in what they can. I hope you will, too.

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Here are this week’s opportunities and announcements.

Opportunities

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BWW members Rob Lietar, Mark Hoffman, and Al Uris at Friday’s holiday party.

We’re still looking for writers and photographers who are interested in participating in the PlanBTV South End/BTV project. Essentially, you’ll get paid $50 to write a poem or take photos in the South End. More details on the project here.

The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is starting a Burlington chapter. There’s going to be an informal meet and greet on January 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Essex Free Library. Caitlin Corless is part of the effort to bring the SCBWI to the area, and she describes this event: “It’s not a workshop – it’s just an opportunity to meet other writers in the area who write for young people and to talk about what everyone is working on. SCBWI is a membership organization, but anyone is welcome to come to the meet and greet.

The BWW is looking for an Outreach Volunteer who can help us get the word out about our workshops. We have been inconsistent in our efforts to advertise our workshops and the workshop space—and that’s my fault—so I’m hoping someone can help me do this with a few regular, once-a-month tasks. If you’d like more information on these, contact me. Thanks!

Announcements

Most of the acceptance/rejection letters for THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015 have been sent. Not all have, however. If you’re still waiting—my apologies. It’s a busy season for the editors (and for you too, probably). But they will let you know ASAP. If you don’t hear anything by the end of the year, please contact me.

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Another shot from the holiday party on Friday. Barbie Alsop (center) shared a few double dactyl poems with us.

Thanks to everyone who donated before the Friday deadline to be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to Phoenix Books! I’ll be drawing the name later today or tomorrow, and I’ll announce the winner shortly thereafter.

A reminder for everyone: giving quality feedback is the most important thing that we do. In order to give each other our best effort and careful attention, we need to follow a few guidelines, which are listed at our website. Please make it your New Year’s Resolution to type the comments you write to the author. Following guidelines like these is an exercise in professionalism. Editors don’t want to see sloppy-looking or improperly formatted drafts. It’s a mark of an amateur. So please pay attention to the guidelines. Thanks!

I also want to remind everyone about our procedure. We schedule workshops at the last day of each month. January is full; we scheduled it in November. February will be scheduled on December 31st. March will be scheduled on January 31st. Etc. Etc. Why do we do it this way? It gives everyone at least 30 days to sign up for a workshop. Nothing should be posted on short notice. So if you have a workshop you’d like to see at the BWW, let me know!

 

 

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