Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 15, 2017

In less than a week, the Burlington Writers Workshop will turn eight years old. I’ll never lose my sense of amazement that we do, in fact, still exist, and that we’re as strong as we’ve ever been.

We are offering a ton of workshops this spring and summer.  These workshops are designed to motivate you and give you some feedback that (we hope) will inspire you to revise whatever you’re working on. So take a moment to check out these opportunities and announcements and claim your seat at the table.


Anyone want to review Joni Cole’s book, Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier? Joni is looking for someone to review it. Please contact me if you’re interested and I’ll put you in touch with the author.

At the June 10th meeting of the BWW board of directors, we’ll be discussing candidates for two open board seats. If you’d like to nominate someone, please contact me by June 10th.

Michael Freed-Thall and Danielle Thierry at the BWW’s launch party in April 2017.

Veteran BWW member Michael Freed-Thall is returning to the workshop table as a leader on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m. There’s plenty of space available at his workshop, so please do sign up today.

This poetry workshop on Monday, May 22nd is also going to be a good one.

We’re going to need some help managing the BWW workshop space in Burlington starting on June 1, 2017. Would anyone like to volunteer? The job would be ideal for someone who lives near Burlington. Once a week, this person would need to show up at the space and put things in order (clean up a little, stock the fridge or refill the water cooler). Please contact me if you’re able to help out.


As you may know, Danielle Thierry has stepped down as BWW’s organizer. She’s still on the board and she’ll be going back to doing what all workshop members do at some point: enjoy workshops! I’ve stepped in as a sort of interim BWW organizer. We’ll be filling this role eventually. If you have any questions or comments, or if there are issues you think need the leadership team needs to know about, please do let me know.

If you’re submitting work for discussion at a workshop, please make sure you follow the directions. Only two file types are allowed: .doc and .PDF. (Fun fact: I get email alerts when someone attempts to upload an inappropriate file type, and I get these more often than I’d like to.)

Last but not least, the fundraising update: We’ve raised $2,582.00 of the $5,000 we need to raise by May 31st. If you’re able to chip in, we hope that you will. We are not funded by grants or the government or a handful of wealthy donors. We are funded by folks like you who find value in these workshops, so please make your $50 or $100 gift here.

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