Opportunities and Announcements: Week of August 28, 2017

The second Burlington Writers Workshop retreat of the summer took place this past weekend. Fiction writer Robin McLean, author of the short story collection Reptile House, spent the day working with attendees. Here’s what a few folks who attended had to say about the retreat:

“The retreat was better than anything I’d imagined. Certainly the organization was admirable. The setting was amazingly beautiful and inspiring. The folks who attended (including our hosts) added so much to the experience; the generous participation, the bravery, and the food! Our instructor was so much more than that; a mentor, our guru, our spiritual leader; leading us to the hidden wells of  inspiration and creativity tucked away in our unconscious minds; teaching us to banish the gatekeeper/censor and go forth like cowboys exploring deep caverns… wow.”

“I’d like to add my thanks to Riki and Rose for their great hospitality and for providing such a gorgeous setting. Thanks too to Robin for being such an inspiring workshop leader! Thanks finally to all the writers who shared their wonderful writings and commentary. I was so fired up that I rose early on Sunday morning and started working again on my novel.”

“Kudos for that magical day go to Riki and Robert [retreat hosts] for sharing creative space; to Wendy and Karin [retreat committee members] for their behind the scenes work; to everyone who opened their hearts and souls giving all of us the courage to go deeper; and to Robin for her careful and inspiring guidance in allowing us to find ourselves.”

The next BWW retreat will take place on September 16th. All our retreats are filled by lottery. This gives all writers an equal chance to attend. You can learn more and put your name in the hat by checking out this page.

Learn more about what’s happening for writers in Vermont in the coming weeks in these opportunities and announcements.


We need your help choosing the next book to read for our literature series. We’re conducting a poll, which you can find here.

Would anyone like to lead this poetry workshop on Monday, Sept. 11? Please do contact me if you’re interested.Science fiction writers, take note! We’ve got a sci-fi workshop with Andrew Liptak coming up on Wednesday, September 13th. This is funded in part by a grant from the BCA Community Fund. Please join us!

If you’ve got a novel, we offer you the opportunity to have the whole thing workshopped in chunks. It’s a service we offer because we believe everyone deserves comprehensive feedback for  free on their creative work. Right now we’ve scheduled two workshops for BWW member Kelly Bartlett’s workshop. It’ll be fun (just check out the description of her novel!) and a big help to Kelly. Sign up here.

As always, our open volunteer positions are posted here.


The next meeting of the BWW board of directors is on Saturday, September 16th at 10 a.m. at the Burlington Writers Workshop space on 110 Main St. Suite 3C. If you have a question, comment, or concern you think the board should be aware of, please contact me or any of the board members listed here.

 Barbie Alsop had her “Lizard Skin” poem accepted in Chantwood magazine. Congrats, Barbie!

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