Opportunities and Announcements: Week of September 21, 2015

By all accounts, my good friend Tony Whedon led an excellent writing retreat this past weekend. Tony is an excellent teacher and he’s given me comments on my work a few times over the years, and each time he identified the problem and let me figure out the solution. I’m grateful for him. He’s a real Vermont treasure.

Retreats like these are so important, and not only because carving out time to write is essential to developing your skills. These free retreats level the playing field, so that writers with and without disposable income have an equal chance of attending. As far as I know, the BWW is the only organization in the country that admits people to retreats like this, and I’m glad we’re leading the way.

There’s quite a bit happening this week, so please do check out this week’s opportunities and announcements.


We’re holding an event with the editors of several literary magazines on Saturday: Agni, Green Mountains Review, New England Review, and our very own Mud Season Review. It’s free and since this is at Hotel Vermont, you can get a drink before the event begins. So RSVP here and don’t be late!

It’s time to prepare your submission for The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016. Read the full guidelines here.

Save the date! On Friday, November 13th (yes, Friday the 13th) we’re going to hold a fun event at Hotel Vermont. What do we mean by fun, you ask? Well, we’re not sure. We know it’s not going to be a stand-up-and-read kind of event (we already have plenty of those) so if you’ve got ideas, send ‘em our way. We’d also like to hold a silent auction that night to help boost the bank account, as all nonprofits must do from time to time. So if you’ve got a cool thing or service you’d like to donate to us for auction, please let us know.


The fantastic editors at Mud Season Review have launched another gorgeous issue. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Barbie Alsop’s novel, Ascension of Peary, was published last week on Amazon. Congrats, Barbie! Barbie also recently wrote about Dwight Yoakam for the Flynn Center Blog.

Cynthia Close’s essay, “Trajectory of a Relationship,” has been reprinted in the 20th anniversary edition of the Black and White anthology, which took on the theme of “Embers & Flames.” It was originally published in The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2014.

Michelle Watters’ poem, “the sea hag,” has been accepted by Yellow Chair Review. It will appear online next month. (By the way, Yellow Chair Review is seeking submissions.)

My story on a western New Hampshire library’s decision to assist the anonymous web browsing network Tor ran on NPR’s All Things Considered this week.

And my conversation with New Hampshire poet Rebecca Kaiser Gibson ran on Friday.


Riki Moss’ sculpture, “Winged Singer.” Courtesy BCA.

Riki Moss just finished a summer residency at the Grand Isle State Park as part of the Burlington City Arts “Of Land and Local” annual project. Her sculptures are now on display and there will be a reception for “Of Land And Local” at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn on Thursday, October 1st and 5-8th. There will be a panel discussion on Saturday, October 18th, and the exhibition is open to the public through October 18th.

BWW writer Kelly Hedglin Bowen has launched an author Facebook page, and I highly encourage you to “Like” it. This is a good thing for authors to do because it gives them a space to share literary achievements to a specific market (i.e. the people who are definitely interested in them). Nice work, Kelly! (Kelly, by the way, donated the couch at the BWW space.) Kelly also wrote about Lisa Fischer for the Flynn Center Blog.

Colleen Ovelman wrote about the Matthew Shipp Trio at the Flynn Center Blog.






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