Summer at the BWW is in full swing. And that means another annual Infinite Summer series is too. This series is, for me, a perfect example of what I love about the way we work here at the BWW, with programming driven by member ideas and the dedicated volunteers willing to make them happen. Last summer, we joined forces with Patrick Brownson, who’d been leading Infinite Summer (a summer-long guided reading of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest) for 2 years in Burlington. The initial group had so much fun together, we decided to extend the idea of a BWW literature reading series to an all-year affair. Members voted on which books to read each season (this year’s picks: Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend for the fall and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities for the spring). And now we’re a month into our second year of the BWW’s Infinite Summer series.
Here are a few thoughts from Patrick on how it’s going so far:
“On May 31st, we began the 4th annual Infinite Summer in Burlington. This is not the easiest club to be a part of—in that photo of our first meeting, the book is mostly being used to hold down the picnic blanket. Reading and digesting the whole novel is an enormous undertaking, both because of its sheer size and the weight of its subject matter. Nevertheless, we are entering 2016 with 8 dedicated readers who, at only 150+ pages, are already enriching my own reading. We’ve covered everything from the book’s horrendous and rampant drug use to irony and sincerity in American consumer culture to the genre-busting nature of Wallace’s masterpiece. I am so grateful that Burlington has produced so many thoughtful citizens with enough down time to help me get this thing read, and I can’t wait to see which way the conversations lead us.”
—Patrick Brownson, Infinite Summer workshop leader
You can also read another perspective on this growing group of dedicated readers from member Anna Carey. And if you haven’t had a chance to join yet, not to worry. We’ll have a new reading series in the fall—with the opportunity to help pick the book—and hopefully we’ll be kicking off yet another Infinite Summer next June!
Keep reading for more upcoming opportunities.
Next retreat lottery opens on Friday
The lottery for our next retreat will open this Friday, July 1 and will be open until midnight on July 15. All active BWW members and volunteers are encouraged to enter.
This next retreat in our BWW 2016 Retreat Series will be an open retreat, with lots of time for intensive writing, reflection, and conversation in a relaxed environment. The retreat will be held Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with an optional potluck dinner to follow, at the home of BWW member Riki Moss in Grand Isle, VT.
Check out these 2 July workshop opportunities
Our new Saturday Prose Workshop has its second meeting on Saturday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. in Burlington. Led by BWW board member Cathy Beaudoin, this workshop was created in direct response to member feedback for more weekend programs.
Here’s some member feedback on the first session:
“Great discussion of two stories in terms of craft; met outside with mellow, mindful folks. I highly recommend this Saturday monthly workshop!”
—Saturday Prose Workshop attendee
We also have a new 4-part novel workshop series starting in July. This will be a focused review of BWW member Kelly Bartlett’s novel, Promise Not to Tell. The workshop will meet on 4 consecutive Monday afternoons (July 11, 18, and 25 and August 1) at 3:30 p.m. in Burlington. RSVP for the first workshop in the series now >
An opportunity from a BWW sponsor, the League of Vermont Writers
Support for the BWW comes from the League of Vermont Writers. LVW invites you to their biennial WRITERS MEET AGENTS event on July 23 at the Double Tree Hotel in South Burlington. The all-day event includes presentations, panels, and opportunities to pitch your finished manuscript to agents.
Several BWW members have signed up so far and we’ll also have a booth at the event. Hope to see you there! Visit the LVW website to register, purchase one-on-one pitch sessions, and get more details >
Thank you to everyone who responded to the call for Mud Season Review fiction readers. The response was fantastic, and the MSR editors will be in touch soon. Due to the volume of responses, we’re going to close the call for now. But keep an eye out for more MSR staff calls in the future.
Congrats and thanks
Congrats to Michelle Watters, whose poem, “Burnt Toast and Black Tea,” was recently accepted by The Naugatuck River Review.
Congrats to Cynthia Close, whose profile on Burlington artist Sally Linder recently appeared in Vermont Woman.
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: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.