It was such a pleasure to be able to share with you all some of the background work that’s been going on to keep the BWW thriving—and to hear your many wonderful ideas for the future. But more than that, it was deeply warming and inspiring to come together as writers—and as a creative community—to talk and laugh and share our stories and songs together. If you signed up for a volunteer role, I’ll be in touch with more information soon! I’ll also be continuing to update you all on ideas shared and plans for 2017 as those continue to unfold.
It Happened One December: Stories by the Fire
For the second year, the BWW will present Stories by the Fire around the hearth at Hotel Vermont. This oral storytelling event features 8 first-person, true stories—each about 8 minutes long—told without notes in the style of The Moth.
Produced by BWW oral stories leader Deena Frankel and hosted by BWW member Gin Ferrara, this event is free and open to the public. Our media sponsor for the event is RETN.
We’ve got some great workshop opportunities coming up, including a poetry workshop with guest poet Kerrin McCadden on Monday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. RSVP now>
Burlington Writers Workshop members regularly blog for the Flynn Center. Check out these recent posts:
Congratulations to longtime BWW member Anne Averyt on the publication of her poetry chapbook, Autumn’s Yard. A meditation on life, love, loss, and eternity, the themed poetry collection uses nature as a metaphor to reflect on aging and sorrow, resiliency and hope.
Anne invites all BWW members to attend her “Afternoon of Poetry and Friends” book launch and reception.
The reception will be held on Thursday, December 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 at Chef’s Corner South End on Flynn Avenue, just below Pine Street.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the BWW’s first annual meeting and celebration such a success:
The many BWW guest authors and Mud Season Review authors who donated copies of their books to our book raffle. See the authors >
Our generous auction sponsors: Burlington City Arts (BCA), The Burlington Free Press, Crow Bookshop, Dostie Bros. Frame Shop, Essex Community Players, Evolution Yoga, The Farmhouse Group, The Flying Pig Bookstore, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Jivana Holistic Spa, Radio Bean, RETN, Sequoia Salon, Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Wellness, Vermont International Film Foundation, Vintage Photography Emporium, and Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup.
And our members who pitched in to help in many ways, especially:
Our board of directors for their work in helping to create the member survey and analyze the results.
Cathy Beaudoin for her guidance in preparing the annual meeting presentation, her generous donation of Heady Topper (a popular extra auction item at the event!), and her work with staffing the raffle table.
Peter Biello for his always-available guidance, help at the event space, co-leadership of the Q&A session, and emceeing of the open mic.
Lauren Bender for all her help with the Mud Season Review book raffle and the event.
Cynthia Close for her work soliciting auction donations and helping to secure the event space.
Seth Cronin for providing the sound system as well as the live music.
Rebecca Starks for an absolutely unbelievable last-minute catering job for the event.
Mike Sweeney for all his help putting together the raffle basket and supporting event preparation.
And Barbie Alsop, Jody Smith, Candelin Wahl, and others for pitching in at the event!