Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2nd BWW annual meeting! What a great kickoff to our strategic planning for this community’s future. The generous sharing of perspectives and experiences made for a strong foundation to an ongoing conversation about where we want to go together.
For anyone who wasn’t able to join in the meeting, here’s a look at the timeline for our strategic planning process that will unfold over the next several months. There will be many opportunities for input and collaborative exploration at workshops, online, and at the strategic planning retreat.
- A very small portion of our membership took the survey this year. So the results do not reflect a general consensus among members. This survey will be just a small input into the overall discussion, with more focus put on the annual meeting discussion and continuing inputs (in person and online).
- The slides showing member top interest only show the results of the #1 choice of members in those questions. So please keep that in mind when viewing. For example, no one picked Best Of as their #1 choice of things to be involved in. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still a positive part of their experience.
In the coming weeks, notes from the meeting will be posted as well and a link provided in O&A.
In the meantime, please keep creating. Everything we’ve ever done in the BWW has come out of member ideas. So, if you have an idea for workshops, readings, publications, or other programming and events, please always feel free to let us know what you have in mind and how you want to be part of making it happen. Whether it’s using the space in Burlington for a small-group writing session or organizing a reading at your local coffee shop or even your house—we can offer you tips on how to go about it, help you reserve the BWW space, give you BWW books to bring to display at a reading if you’d like, and help to promote your workshop or reading in our communications. Remember, the BWW is our shared community. We want you to make it yours.
Share your story by the fire at Hotel Vermont
Saturday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. at Hotel Vermont
People have been sharing stories around the fire since they discovered how to light that first spark. And we’re continuing that tradition with the 3rd annual Stories by the Fire event at Hotel Vermont on Saturday, December 9.
Come be part of the tradition. We’re looking for a few BWW writers who have winter or winter holiday themed stories to share out loud, performed rather than read, “Moth-style.” We can even offer coaching if you’ve never told an oral story to an audience before. Send a brief (1 paragraph or less) description of your 8-minute oral story today. Pitch your story >
Congrats and thanks
Thank you to everyone who helped in preparations for the annual meeting, from helping to create the presentation to making food: Lauren Bender, Partridge Boswell, Terry Cleveland, Cynthia Close, Eva Gumprecht, Deena Frankel, Rebecca Starks, and Danielle Thierry. And thanks again to everyone who came with their ideas and their positive energy!
Thank you to the Fletcher Free Library for providing the space.
Thank you to Deena Frankel for coordinating the amazing BWW open mic. Thank you to Partridge Boswell, our warm and inspiring emcee. Thank you to our readers (Barbie Alsop, Cynthia Close, Joy Cohen, Annie Cooper, Nina Gaby, Noah, Genrose Lambert, Michael Sevy, and Candelin Wahl) and our singer-songwriter Nate Orshan. Your performances were impressive and moving. Thank you to Lee Anderson and the staff of the Light Club Lamp Shop for their generous hospitality. Check out the photos from the event >
Thank you to Eva Gumprecht for the wonderful idea of building upon the mission-based questions posed at the annual meeting to continue collective brainstorming in workshops and other sessions.
Thank you to Peter Biello for having the foresight to sign the BWW up for City Market’s Rally for Change program several years ago. We’re now at the top of the list, and we’ll be the nonprofit recipient of 10% of donations throughout the month of December. More on this next week, but in the meantime, check out the program information >
Thank you to Mindy Wong, our space manager, for the terrific idea to create “open hours” times on the Meetup calendar for folks to come to our shared space to write, drink coffee, and connect. Look for open hours coming soon!
P.S. There are a lot of people to thank this week. So if we missed you on the list, please know it wasn’t intentional and that all of your contributions—big and small—are deeply appreciated.
Congrats to Cynthia Close, who is currently being spotlighted in The Woven Tale Press.
Congrats to Kerstin Lange, whose commentary is highlighted on Vermont Public Radio.
Congrats to Ilamae Lund, who will be speaking at reading at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho on November 26 between 3 – 4 p.m.