Opportunities and Announcements: Week of February 20, 2017

MSR contributors Lori Lamothe (seated) and Alison Prine chat at the MSR booth at AWP in Washington, D.C.

By all accounts, AWP was a great success for Mud Season Review and the BWW. Yes, we sold books. Yes, we boosted our mailing list. We even took in a few bucks in donations. All that is great. But it’s also important to note that we’ve made connections with the writers who have helped Mud Season Review become what it is. That human connection is very important to us.

We’re looking to make connections with you at a variety of events happening in the coming months. Danielle is taking a well-deserved break this week, so I’m offering you these opportunities and announcements.

Opportunities

We’ve recently scheduled a brand-new kind of workshop: a workshop for freelance journalists on the use of the Freedom of Information Act and Vermont’s Right to Know law. These laws enable journalists to request public documents that aren’t readily available on the web. Those documents could contain valuable information that could help you write an important piece of public service journalism. Writers play a critical role in our democracy, so sign up for this workshop with me and Katie Jickling of Seven Days on how to use these laws to write fascinating stories.

Oh, by the way, we’ve scheduled our biggest part of the year: the launch of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017 and volume 3 of Mud Season Review. We hope you’ll share your suggestions on how we can make this party better.

Announcements

You may have heard that we’ve changed the way we share files. Basically, you send them to me, and I take care of the rest. Here are two things about that: (1) PDFs are better because the software we need to use is finicky and (2) you do not need to wait until exactly one week before the workshop—just send it when it’s ready and I’ll post it ASAP.

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