Opportunities & Announcements: Week of April 16, 2018

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Opportunities for Vermont Writers

Enjoy prose master classes with Sean Prentiss
Deadline: April 27, 2018

seanprentiss_findingabbeyThis spring, we’re excited to offer 3 workshops with Sean Prentiss, the award-winning author of Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, a memoir about Edward Abbey and the search for home. Participation in these workshops will be decided by lottery.

The lottery closes Friday, April 27.

This workshop is funded in part by the Burlington City Arts Community Fund.

Enter the lottery now >

Submit your work to the 2018 BWW Anthology
Deadline: May 13, 2018

Fiction, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, personal essay, experimental work…we’re looking for it all.

Submit your work for consideration for the 2018 BWW anthology. Written, edited, and designed by BWW members, it’s a book that celebrates both our members’ writing and the strength of our supportive literary community.

Deadline for submissions is May 13, 2018.

Submit your work now >

Join a BWW committee

It’s true that we don’t charge for our programming. But that doesn’t mean the extensive opportunities the BWW offers are free.

In the spirit of “many hands make light work,” we’re forming committees to help carry out the mission of the BWW. Serving on a committee also means you get to share in the ownership of your community—and help make it even better for everyone.

From programming and marketing to membership and fundraising, we can use your talent and your time. We hope you’ll take a moment to take a look at our committee structure and let us know where you might be interested in helping.

Share your committee interest >


Check out this weekend’s podcast workshop

Looking for a place to enjoy some good, literary conversation? Or maybe just a fan of Ursula K. Le Guin?

Join a group of your fellow writers for this weekend’s podcast conversation and workshop. This week we’ll listen to David Naimon’s interview with Ursula K. Le Guin: Steering the Craft. We’ll continue that conversation to start the workshop and then allow time for writing based on questions or prompts that arise from the podcast conversation.

RSVP now >

Announcements

Get the latest news from your BWW board

Strategic planning update

On April 7,  BWW members and board members gathered for the second strategic planning session of this year. The group dug into our new mission statement—and the values statements to support it—as well as some key questions to help us keep the BWW sustainable and thriving for many years to come.

Our next steps are to:

  • Update our website and other materials with our new mission statement: The Burlington Writers Workshop is a community of writers supporting writers to create their best work.
  • Develop supporting values statements to help guide us all as members in how to live out this mission statement.
  • Create committees to help spread out the work—and the ownership—of running the BWW. See our call for committees above.
  • Continue in our work toward creating a robust strategic plan for the BWW’s sustainability.  We’ll keep you updated as we move forward with this planning—and we’ll keep asking for your input and partnership along the way.

More board news

Lauren Bender, past editor-in-chief, Mud Season Review

At its April 10 meeting, the board of directors accepted the resignation of Lauren Bender as editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review. We extend our deepest gratitude to Lauren for her dedication to ensuring both the quality of the work we publish in Mud Season as well as the wide range of voices and perspectives we welcome into the journal community. Lauren did a fantastic job with the journal during her tenure, and we’re looking forward to her continued involvement in the journal and wider BWW community.

Erin Post, interim editor-in-chief and managing editor, Mud Season Review

The board unanimously voted to welcome Erin Post, Mud Season‘s managing editor, to the board to serve as interim editor-in-chief. Erin has been a huge part of the journal’s success from the start, serving as assistant poetry editor, poetry co-editor, PR and marketing manager, and managing editor. She has been, and will continue to be, critical to keeping the journal alive and thriving for the future.

Minutes from this past board meeting will be available on the site soon.

The board next meets on Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. in the BWW studio. As always, you’re welcome to join us.

Thanks & congrats

Thank you to Dick Matheson for hosting the first meeting of a group for fiction writers seeking feedback for full-length. By all accounts, the first meeting was a great success and this looks to be a wonderful new group for our writers.

Thank you to everyone who came out for our BWW strategic planning session. Your energy and ideas are invaluable to the future of this community.

Thank you to Margaret Grant for taking on the tasks of drafting the values statements from the strategic planning meeting notes.

Thank you to Terry Cleveland for her work on submitting a new BCA grant application on behalf of the BWW.

Thank you to our recent guest authors, Gary Margolis and Baron Wormser.

Thank you to Margaret Grant and Deena Frankel for their recent WBTV-LP radio interview, where they highlighted the BWW and the Burlington writing community, and thanks to Gin Ferrara, host of the show The Upside, for her insightful interviewer chops.