Support the BWW in our online auction and member survey
Our first online auction is now live! Thanks to our generous donors in the community, you can support the BWW while buying some amazing gifts for yourself and others. Like a 10-class card (valued at $140) to Evolution Yoga! The auction will be online all month—culminating in a live auction at our Annual Member Meeting & Celebration on Saturday, November 12, 4:00 p.m. at Main Street Landing Gallery in downtown Burlington.
Participating in the online auction is easy. Just complete the quick sign up on the site, browse the items, and place your bids. At the conclusion of the auction, the highest bidders will be able to pay online (via PayPal) or in person by cash, check, or credit card. Bidders don’t have to be BWW members—so please share widely with friends and family!
Your support of the auction will help to fund BWW workshops, retreats, events, and publications for next year. So it’s also important to share your thoughts and ideas for what you’d like to see the BWW do in the future. We’re leaving the 2017 member survey open longer to make sure you have time to share your thoughts. It takes just about 5 minutes. Take the survey now >
Don’t forget to send in your submissions for The Best of 2017! We’re looking for your best work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and we’d love to hear from voices both known and new to us. If you’ve attended a BWW workshop within the past 5 years, you’re eligible! Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2016. Submit your work >
Call for winter- or holiday-themed oral story pitches for Stories by the Fire at Hotel Vermont: Open through November 15, 2016
For the second year, the BWW will present Stories By the Fire around the hearth at Hotel Vermont, December 10, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This oral storytelling event features 6 to 8 first-person, true stories—each about 8 minutes long—told without notes in the style of The Moth.
Producer and BWW oral stories workshop leader, Deena Frankel, is soliciting pitches now for this event. If you have a story idea and are open to a little informal workshopping in advance of the event, please submit a 1-paragraph summary of your story idea by November 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the idea of telling without notes puts you off, we are considering accepting 1 story that is read by the author as an experiment in mixing the 2 styles. So if you have the perfect story under 800 words, please consider submitting your story by the deadline.
Readings & Events
BWW’s First Annual Member Meeting & Celebration
Saturday, November 12 at Main Street Landing in Burlington
Member Forum │ Fundraising Auction │ Open Mic Night
This event is your opportunity to hear firsthand about all the BWW has accomplished this past year to meet member goals—and to help shape the future of our shared community. It’s also a time to connect with other members you may not see regularly in workshops or on the Mud Season Review staff, help to recognize and celebrate our many dedicated volunteers, share your talents with the BWW community, and support the funding that makes everything we do possible (while picking up some great holiday gift-giving items through our auction & book raffle).
If you’re looking for ways to get more involved in the BWW—or if you’re already a dedicated member and want to continue helping to shape our direction—this is the time. RSVP to save your spot now >
Hosted by our Best of 2016 fiction editor, Elizabeth Gaucher, and BWW Middlebury members Ann Fisher and David Weinstock, this event will feature readings from some of the anthology’s talented writers: Zoe Armstrong, Dennis Bouldin, and Cynthia Close. Writers from the Middlebury Chapter will also read. RSVP now >
BWW retreat leader Tony Whedon will celebrate the release of his latest book, The Hatcheck Girl, with poems, jazz, and good conversation at the Bryan Art Gallery in Jeffersonville. Learn more >
Mud Season Review Interviews
Check out the insightful interviews of MSR featured authors:
BWW members regularly write for the Flynn Center’s blog. Check out these recent posts:
Congrats and thanks
Thank you to our recent guest authors, David Huddle, Elizabeth Powell, and Sean Prentiss.
Thanks to our board, and especially Cynthia Close, for helping to solicit donations for our auction.