Opportunities and Announcements: Week of April 6, 2015

Spencer Smith reads her essay, "Off Course," at the launch of THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015.

Spencer Smith reads her essay, “Off Course,” at the launch of THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015.

Our newest anthology, THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015, has officially been launched. The party on Friday night was a warm gathering of Burlington’s literati—and I was surprised to receive some generous and thoughtful gifts from folks I’ve come to know and love over the past few years. (I tried not to cry, failed—but I couldn’t help but be moved by such a kind gesture.) A huge success all around. Thanks to you for attending, to Arts Riot for hosting, and to New Moon Café and El Cortijo for providing the noshes.

The new book is available for sale at the workshop space in Burlington. It’s also available online here. We’ll now begin planning our summer book tour, and you’ll be able to purchase the book at any of our events, as well as at local bookstores around the state.

What remains now? Writing opportunities and general announcements for this week.

Opportunities

We’ve posted workshops for the month of May. Some highlights include a poetry workshop with Kerrin McCadden, and three new craft sessions on Saturdays with me. As I transition out of the “organizer” role, I’ll be developing new workshops like these. (Thanks to our scheduler, Karin Ames, for letting me know that folks were interested in doing more of these.)

Carol Milkhun will hold a presentation on the process of getting published on Sunday, April 19th at 3 p.m. at the Warren Public Library at 413 Main Street. Her book, A TAPESTRY OF QUEENS, is set in sixteenth-century England, and features a fascinating main character who is dressmaker to three of Henry VIII’s queens.

The League of Vermont writers is hosting its spring program at the Franklin Howe Conference Center in Rutland on Saturday, April 18th. Joanna Tebbs Young, Cheryl Young, and Ben Hewitt will speak. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $45 for League members and $55 for non-members. More information is at leagueofvermontwriters.org.

Announcements

This week, incoming organizer Danielle Thierry is coordinating the effort to draft governing documents for the organization. This has been on the agenda for a long time, but it’s been pushed to the top since we’ve decided to move forward with our application to become an official 501(c)(3). (Note: We’re a nonprofit through the state of Vermont, but we’re not yet recognized as a nonprofit by the Federal Government. That’s why the League of Vermont Writers is our official 501(c)(3) fiscal agent—to ensure that your gift is tax-deductible and that we’re eligible to apply for most grants.) Your input is certainly welcome.

This week, 12,000 writers will converge on Minneapolis for the AWP Writers Conference. Mud Season Review has a table at the enormous bookfair, and we’re hoping to drum up interest in who we are. (Note: Danielle says MSR is developing a reputation in the publishing world as the “nice” journal—meaning, we care about the writers we accept and take time to work with them to make the piece even better. Most journals don’t do that, so it’s a credit to the staff of MSR that we’re able to provide quality feedback to the writers who send work to us.)

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