Opportunities and Announcements: Week of September 5, 2016

Well, September is here! And it’s bringing with it many opportunities to get more involved in the BWW—as well as much excitement for what’s ahead.

best of 2017 (3)The first opportunity is a call for editors for The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017. This year will be a milestone for us, as 2017 will be the 5th annual Best of anthology.

Working on the Best of is an excellent way to build connections with other writers and editors in the community while also building your editing, publishing, and book sales & marketing skills in an open and collaborative learning environment. We’ve expanded the available roles this year—including roles for lead editors, assistant editors, and a marketing & events coordinator—and I’m very much looking forward to working with this year’s team. If you’re interested in being part of Best of 2017, please consider applying.

Deadline for applications is September 30 or until positions are filled. Apply now >

If you’re interested in submitting your poems, stories, or essays for consideration, look for our call for submissions to go out next week!


Current volunteer opportunities

Be part of the 5th annual Best of  publication
Deadline for applications: September 30, 2016 or until positions are filled

As noted above, we’re looking for editors for The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017! We’re looking for lead editors and assistant editors in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—as well as a marketing & events coordinator to lead the promotional efforts for this year’s book. If you’re interested in being part of the team, please consider applying. Apply now >

Help staff the Burlington Book Festival table
September 17, 2016

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far to help staff the BWW’s table at The Burlington Book Festival. We still need volunteers for morning and late afternoon shifts at this community event. Staffing the table is a great way to help support the BWW while connecting with other writers at the festival. If you’re interested, please contact us.

Join the staff of Mud Season Review
Ongoing until positions are filled

We’re very excited about the expanded team we’re building for Mud Season Review! We have just a few positions left for this round of staff calls:

Nonfiction Co-editor
Art Co-editor
Poetry Reader

Learn more about the responsibilities, desired qualifications, and estimated time commitments for these positions. Get more info and apply now >


October workshops & guest authors

The October workshop schedule is up on Meetup–and we have several opportunities to join a workshop with an accomplished guest author. Guest authors who will be leading workshops for us this October include: Laban Hill, David Huddle, Robin McLean, Elizabeth Powell, and Sean Prentiss. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Upcoming events

We have 2 exciting events coming up in September:

writers in the round (6)Writers in the Round at the Burlington Book Festival

Saturday, September 17, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Hotel Vermont

As part of the Burlington Book Festival, join the Burlington Writers Workshop and Mud Season Review for an evening of “writers in the round,” where poets alternate reading short poems that play off what has just been read. This event will feature: Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord, accomplished Vermont poets Partridge Boswell and Julia Shipley, and our own Lauren Bender and Michelle Watters from Mud Season Review. RSVP now >


Best of the BWW 2016 poet Jimmy Tee

Best of the BWW 2016 poet Jimmy Tee in his writing space

Book Tour: Best of the BWW 2016 Poetry Reading at Shelburne Vineyard

Sunday, September 25, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Shelburne Vineyard

Join us for a poetry reading at Shelburne Vineyard, hosted by Michelle Watters, poetry editor of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016.

Enjoy a glass of local wine and delicious, perfectly paired appetizers while listening to the readings of four Best of 2016 poets: Zoe Armstrong, Mark Hoffman, Spencer Smith, and Jimmy Tee. RSVP now >

Read an interview with Best of 2016 poet Jimmy Tee >

Mud Season Review interviews

Check out these recent interviews with Mud Season Review authors:

Chris LaMay-West and Rebecca Starks interview Issue #22 featured poet Bruce Alford >

Katie Stromme interviews Issue #22 featured nonfiction author Barry Maxwell >

JD Fox interviews Issue #22 featured fiction author Caitlin Hamilton Summie >


Congrats to Cynthia Close, whose review of Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World by Alexis Krasilovsky, Harriet Margolis, and Julia Stein was recently published by Documentary Magazine. Read the review > 

Congrats to Nina Gaby, whose  micro-pose “Paying Partial Attention Knowing an Alternative Route Would be Out of the Question” was recently published in Entropy Magazine. In addition, Nina’s essay, “I’m Not Supposed to Love You,” was also recently published as part of How Does That Make You Feel?: True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch, an anthology edited by Sherry Amatenstein. Nina and others from the Vermont Book Arts Guild will have their work on display on Saturday September 17 in the Davis Center Fireplace Lounge during the Burlington Book Festival (see Special Events).

Congrats to Kerstin Langewhose commentary on the refugee situation in Germany was recently published by VPR.

…and thanks

Thanks to Karin Ames and Riki Moss for co-hosting an inspiring retreat for BWW members at Riki’s beautiful home in Grand Isle. Participants came away re-energized in both their written work and their writing community. We’re looking forward to the upcoming September retreat!

Have you recently been published, won an award, taught a writing seminar, or accomplished something else you’d like to share with your fellow BWW members? If yes, please let us know so we can help share the good news!

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