Image of the “Stories by the Fire” audience courtesy of our host, Gin Ferrara
Wow. I’m still glowing from the warmth of Saturday’s “Stories by the Fire” event at Hotel Vermont.
The warmth of listening to some of Vermont’s best storytellers share their experiences of everything from childhood adventures (and misadventures) in snowmobile-enhanced sledding and late-night tobogganing to harrowing holiday experiences on the streets of New York City to the rallying of a middle school band against the bully in their midst. The warmth of being so fully supported by the generous audience while attempting my own first shot at oral storytelling. And the warmth of following it all up with dinner and great conversation with BWW friends both old and new.
As our wonderful host for the evening, Gin Ferrara, said in her closing remarks, this kind of gathering and sharing of stories is exactly what we all need to keep us going through the dark days ahead. So I hope you’ll all keep on joining us this winter for workshops and craft sessions, keep on gathering with friends you’ve made through the BWW, and keep on writing and sharing your stories.
And, since we’re in the midst of our December fundraiser, I’d be remiss not to add that I hope you’ll also consider making a donation to help us keep on bringing free and open events like this one to the Vermont creative community. Any amount is deeply appreciated. Donate now >
The BWW owes a huge thank you to several people and organizations for this incredible evening. First is Deena Frankel, who produced the event. From designing the Best Of books to leading the BWW’s oral storytelling workshops to editing for Mud Season Review, Deena is one of our most dedicated volunteers. She is also a fantastic storyteller and (as I can now personally attest to) an inspiring and generous storytelling coach. If you haven’t had the good fortune of working with Deena before, I highly encourage you to sign up for her next BWW Oral Storytelling Workshop on Thursday, January 19th in Burlington. Turning your written tales into oral stories can bring out a whole new side of your creativity. RSVP now >
Please see our thank you section below for recognition of all who made this event possible.
Our January schedule is up on Meetup.com. We have some great opportunities coming up, including a new member workshop, a poetry craft series, and a workshop on how to give better feedback. Check out the January calendar >
Call for art submissions
This year marks the BWW’s 5th anniversary of our The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop anthology—a book that is edited by, and features the work of, writers within our community. For this anniversary year, we’re hoping to get local artists involved in the design of the book cover. All Vermont artists are welcome to submit work for consideration. Call for submissions is open through Monday, January 9, 2017. See the submission guidelines >
Winter 2017 Literature Reading Series
Thanks for helping to choose our book for the Winter 2017 Literature Reading Series! We had our biggest response to date to a literature series poll. And you chose Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita to be our winter reading material.
This next reading series kicks off the first Tuesday in January. RSVP now >
Website changes: You might have noticed changes to our website this week. We’re just doing some restructuring to keep the website as clean and easy-to-use as possible. If you’re looking for the workshop schedule pages to submit your work for review at an upcoming workshop, go to “Our Workshops” and click on the page for your preferred location.
Flynn Center Blog
Burlington Writers Workshop members regularly blog for the Flynn Center. Check out these recent posts:
Cynthia Close previews A Christmas Carol >
Lorraine Ryan reviews A Christmas Carol >
Mud Season Review interviews
Mud Season Review editors discuss writing with our Issue #25 featured authors:
Louisa Wakefield interviews nonfiction author Rebecca Fremo >
Chris LaMay-West interviews featured poet Triin Paja >
Patrick Brownson interviews featured fiction author Amanda Rodriguez >
Congrats and thanks
Thank you to everyone who made the recent “Stories by the Fire” event at Hotel Vermont possible:
Gin Ferrara for being the perfect host for the evening and for first bringing oral storytelling to the BWW with her workshops.
Deena Frankel for producing this joyful and inspiring event and for continuing the oral storytelling workshops for the BWW.
My fellow storytellers who shared their humor and their wisdom with us: Gin Ferrara, Richard Finkelstein, Peter Burns, Susanne Schmidt, Bill Torrey, Dennis McSorley, Deena Frankel, and Kevin Gallagher.
Hotel Vermont (and especially Tori Carton and John Abair), our longtime creative partners, for providing such a beautiful, cozy atmosphere for the event.
RETN, our media partner, for filming the event (stay tuned for when we’ll be featured on the station).
Susanne Schmidt for providing the excellent sound quality.