Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 31, 2016

BWW 2016 Retreats

Retreat season is upon us once again! In both the 2014 and 2015 BWW member surveys, writing retreats topped the list of member priorities. Last year’s retreat series was a great success and we’re excited to bring you the series again this year.

Our retreat committee has created 4 retreats to be held monthly, July – October. To make sure there’s something for everyone, we’re offering a mix of locations, topics, and retreat types—with 3 guided retreats in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry led by accomplished instructors as well as a free-form retreat with lots of time for focusing on your own writing projects in a quiet, inspiring atmosphere. As with all of our programming, these retreats are free. Participation will be decided through a lottery system.

First up in the series is a Guided Fiction Retreat with Megan Mayhew Bergman, Saturday, July 23 in Georgia, VT. The lottery for this retreat will be open now through June 15.

Learn more about the retreats and how you can participate > 

Fundraising update

We’re wrapping up our May Fundraiser and it’s looking like we’re going to hit our goal! As of right now, we’re just $10 away from our $6,000 goal for the month. Thank you. And if you’d like to be the one to get us to the goal, consider donating $10 or more today. We’ll share the final fundraising numbers next week. It is so inspiring to know that we have the funds to keep programs like the retreat series going!


As mentioned above, the lottery for the first retreat in our 2016 Retreat Series is open. Join Megan Mayhew Bergman for a daylong guided fiction retreat on Saturday, July 23 in Georgia, VT. Learn more about how to enter >

**Update: Workshop opportunity at the Flynn

We have a special workshop opportunity for members through the Flynn Center for Performing Arts. Performance Creation is a unique, interdisciplinary intensive weekend for poets, spoken word artists, singers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers to come together and learn how to harness their diverse art-making toward a socially conscious bigger purpose.

The workshop is coming up fast: it’s this weekend, June 3 -5 (Friday, 6-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.). And the Flynn is offering a 50% discount to BWW members.

If you’re interested, please contact us to get the discount code. And then sign up on the Flynn website.

Upcoming workshops

Infinite Summer: A Guided Reading of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest starts next week (Tuesday, June 7). If you’ve been thinking of trying to tackle this one, there’s no better (or more fun) way to do it than with this group. RSVP > 

Our next Middlebury Chapter workshop is also coming up next Wednesday, June 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. RSVP >

There are still spots left in some of our other workshops next week. Check out our Meetup.com calendar to save your spot.


Congrats and thanks

Thank you to the 2016 retreat committee, led by Karin Ames (members include Barbie AlsopWendy AndersenTerry ClevelandRose EggertRiki Moss, and Spencer Smith), for all their work in coordinating the retreat series, and to Terry and Riki for opening up their homes to host two of the retreats.

Thank you to Barbie Alsop for covering extra shifts at the space this week to keep it open for our members.

Our hours

Stop into our Burlington space (110 Main Street, Studio 3C) during the following times this week to get some quiet writing or reading time in, or to find out more about the BWW:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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