Opportunities & Announcements: Week of March 20, 2018

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2nd BWW open mic another great success

Nate Orshan performs an original song at the 2nd Burlington Writers Workshop open mic night at the Light Club Lamp Shop.

Our 2nd BWW open mic night at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington proved to be another inspiring evening of eclectic poetry, stories, and music performed in front of a warm and receptive audience.

Thank you to Meg Reynolds, host of the regular Monday evening Lit Club at the Light Club, for welcoming us as part of the evening. We’re looking forward to coming back again soon. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a place to listen to poetry, songs, and stories, check out the Lit Club on any Monday night.

And thank you to the Burlington City Arts Community Fund for their support in making our craft workshops and open mics possible.

No-shows show no…

…respect? …consideration? …generosity?

In the last few weeks, the BWW turned away a number of people from fully subscribed workshops, only to find empty seats due to “no-shows.” We’re not talking about snow storms here. In one recent workshop on a warm and sunny day, half the pre-registrants were AWOL (an admittedly extreme but not unique example).

Okay, so we don’t charge admission or cancellation fees. But when writers don’t show and don’t provide any notice, they’re penalizing fellow writers and community members by depriving others of opportunities.

Please change your RSVP on Meet-Up as soon as you know you can’t make a session. We know life happens, but even if the notice is short, someone on a wait list may be able to take your unused spot.

Don’t be a no-show. Be kind to your fellow writers.

2018 BWW anthology

Naming the anthology redux

You will recall that, after 2 polls of the BWW membership, a strong majority (60+%) favors changing the name of the BWW annual anthology, but it did not seem like we had yet found the right name. Well, that is changing.

This year’s talented anthology team hit the ground running, with an artistic statement and some inspired thinking about renaming the publication. They have come up with 3 possible names the whole team thinks are good fits. The final decision is up to the  BWW membership.

Please rank your preference among the following. And one vote per member, please!
Go to poll >

  • Cold Lake
  • Blue Slate
  • Harvest & Slate

Note: A subtitle making it clear that this is the anthology of the Burlington Writers Workshop will accompany or be worked into each title (ie, Cold Lake Anthology: Selected Works of the Burlington Writers Workshop or Harvest & Slate: The Anthology of the Burlington Writers Workshop).

Call for submissions, 2018 BWW anthology

This year’s anthology editing team wants to feature strong work from the BWW community that draws inspiration from diverse voices and experiences in surprising ways.

The 2018 anthology team is pleased to invite submissions from the BWW community beginning Sunday, April 1.

Fiction, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, personal essay—it’s all welcome. The only requirement for submission is that you must have attended at least 1 BWW workshop within the past 5 years. Check back soon for a link to the submission form. And, if you’re thinking about submitting, but haven’t yet attended a workshop, sign up for one now. Check out our upcoming workshops >

Meet the 2018 BWW anthology team

Michael Freed-Thall grew up in Philadelphia, nurtured by progressive activists and sports fanatics. In 1979, he and his wife settled in Vermont, built a house, and raised two children. His grandson, Leo, just turned two. Michael says: “Since I retired in 2010, writing has been one of my passions. I’ve been involved with the BWW since 2013, with a year off to help my son build his house. I’ve had work published in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 anthologies, and Seven Days. I’m currently working on the second draft of a novel set in nineteenth century Russia.”

Kelly Macintyre is originally from Connecticut. She moved to Vermont in 2008 to study English at UVM. She says, “I tend towards nonfiction, and as a student of the restaurant industry, I am particularly interested in language as it applies to wine and food. I’m proud to report I keep a daily journal, and my desert island book is Just Kids by Patti Smith. 2018 is my first year with the BWW and I am grateful and excited to be involved.”

Kathrin Hutson is new to Vermont and survived her first winter. She studied Creative Writing Fiction at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is now a freelance fiction editor, author, wife, and mother. She enjoys dark, gritty, poignant fiction (all the more if it makes her pop a tear) and writes Dark Fantasy and Speculative Sci-Fi. Her work has appeared in Danse MacabreStarklight, and numerous publications by Collaborative Writing Challenge. She is the author of the Gyenona’s Children series, The Unclaimed trilogy, and Sleepwater Beat.

Jacob Cribbs headshotJacob Cribbs is a California native and graduate of UC Santa Cruz, where he studied contemporary fiction and poetry and dramatic writing under mentors Karen Yamashita, Gary Young, and Jim Biermann. He is currently working on a personal poetry collection called The Licking Spoon and last year the Say Yes! Collective launched Jacob’s short play Land of the Ice Bears at the L.A. Fringe Festival.  After studying acting at The Barrow Group while serving as an NYC Writers Coalition facilitator in NYC, Jacob came to southern VT to lead writing circles for folks maintaining sobriety and mental wellness. He is grateful to call Burlington home and likes to write, run, kayak, and edit!

2 spots available in Baron Wormser’s 3/28 workshop

There are just 2 spots left in the upcoming On Prose Syntax: a Generative Fiction/Nonfiction Workshop on Wednesday, March 28th with guest author Baron Wormser.

This workshop will consider how various approaches to sentence construction can broaden any writer’s approach to his or her material. We’ll do 2 prompts each session, one from a fiction writer and one from a nonfiction writer.

RSVP to save your spot now >

Help choose the Literature Group’s spring read

The Tuesday night Literature Group is just finishing its marathon 12-week, always lively discussion of George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and is ready to pick some shorter work for the spring session. Help choose the spring session read with this quick, one-question survey from among these great options. Go to poll >

  • Angels and Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
  • Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
  • Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

Thanks & Congratulations

Congratulations to Lauren Bender, whose poem was recently published by Maudlin House.

Congratulations to BWW founder Peter Biello on 2 recent editions of The Bookshelf on New Hampshire Public Radio, featuring Lita Judge and Erin Moulton.

Congratulations to Rebecca Starks, who was recently awarded Rattle‘s 2018 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor for her poem “Open Carry.

Thank you  to our BWW poets, singer-songwriters, and storytellers who performed at the 2nd BWW Open Mic Night at the Light Club Lamp Shop: Jason Baker, Anna CareyAnnie CooperRachel CurryCynce FrantzMargaret GrantNate Orshan,  Janet SchneiderJimmy TeeMichelle Watters, and Darlene Witte.

Thanks to the organizers of the open mic, Partridge Boswell and Danielle Thierry. Thanks to Partridge for emceeing the evening, and to Meg Reynolds, our host. And thanks to Lee Anderson, owner of the Light Club Lamp Shop, and the wonderful bartenders for the evening.

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