Fiction Workshops with Jensen Beach

Author Jensen Beach.

Thanks to a grant from Burlington City Arts, we’re offering three workshops in November with Jensen Beach, award-winning author of the collection of short stories, Swallowed by the Cold.  Sign up for one of these workshops using the links below. They’re all free and open to the public.

(If you’re new to the BWW, please read this helpful guide on how to get started.)

Jensen Beach is the author of two story collections, most recently SWALLOWED BY THE COLD (Graywolf). He holds an MFA in fiction from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as an MA and BA in English from Stockholm University. He teaches in the BFA program at Johnson State College, where he is the fiction editor at Green Mountains Review. His writing has appeared recently in A Public Space, the Paris Review, and The New Yorker.

Fiction Writing with Jensen Beach

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017, 6:30 PM

Burlington Writers Workshop
110 Main Street, Studio 3C Burlington, VT

9 Writers Attending

Please join us for a fiction writing workshop with Jensen Beach, author of Swallowed by the Cold, at our workshop space in Burlington. This workshop was funded in part by a grant from the Burlington City Arts Community Fund.In these sessions (November 1, 8, and 15), we will engage in focused workshop of participant stories (link to reading materi…

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Fiction Writing with Jensen Beach

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017, 6:30 PM

Burlington Writers Workshop
110 Main Street, Studio 3C Burlington, VT

5 Writers Attending

Please join us for a fiction writing workshop with Jensen Beach, author of Swallowed by the Cold, at our workshop space in Burlington. This workshop was funded in part by a grant from the Burlington City Arts Community Fund.In these sessions (November 1, 8, and 15), we will engage in focused workshop of participant stories (link to reading materi…

Check out this Meetup →

Fiction Writing with Jensen Beach

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017, 6:30 PM

Burlington Writers Workshop
110 Main Street, Studio 3C Burlington, VT

5 Writers Attending

Please join us for a fiction writing workshop with Jensen Beach, author of Swallowed by the Cold, at our workshop space in Burlington. This workshop was funded in part by a grant from the Burlington City Arts Community Fund.In these sessions (November 1, 8, and 15), we will engage in focused workshop of participant stories (link to reading materi…

Check out this Meetup →

These workshops were made possible in part with support from the Burlington City Arts Community Fund.

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of July 17, 2017

A view of downtown Burlington, Vermont on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

For the first time in two years, I attended a Wednesday night writing workshop in downtown Burlington, Vermont. Wednesday night writing workshops are the longest running tradition at the Burlington Writers Workshop. Part of that tradition involves going out for drinks downtown after the discussion ends. I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed the lively Wednesday night conversations and the chance to socialize with BWW members over a beer (or two).

Part of the fun for me, of course, was getting feedback on my latest short story. I was hoping to see this story in a new light and, as always, BWW members delivered. In the next few days, I’m going to get started on revisions. Thanks, fellow workshoppers!

If you’ve got a piece of writing you need to see through someone else’s eyes, we’ve got plenty of opportunities for you. Here are this week’s opportunities and announcements.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of February 13, 2017

RETN’s Producers Party. Photographer: Jon Alderman. Learn about the other amazing partners honored by RETN for their work in 2016 at RETN.org/blog/

Today, I’m very happy to share with you that the Burlington Writers Workshop was recently awarded RETN’s 2016 Community Partner Award. This award honors the BWW’s collaborative efforts to support public media and create new opportunities to engage the public, including both January’s StoryCraft: A Way With Words at the RETN/VCAM studio and December’s It Happened One December: Stories by the Fire at Hotel Vermont.

For me, this award is a reminder of the greater good we creative folks can do when we pool our varied talents and come together to bring more art out into the community. I remain very grateful for the opportunity to have partnered with  an organization like RETN, which, like the BWW, is focused on ensuring that the ability to make—and experience—art remains accessible to all.  I’m very much looking forward to more collaborations in the future.

Thanks to everyone at the station, and especially to Gin Ferrara for leading these collaborative efforts and for bringing oral storytelling to the BWW. Thanks, as well, to Deena Frankel, for her continued leadership of our oral storytelling workshop and her coordination of Stories by the Fire, and to all those who participated in both of our collaborative events this year.

Opportunities

Book Launch Party: Best of the BWW 2017 and Mud Season Review vol. 3

Friday, April 21, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Burlington City Hall’s Contois Auditorium

Join us for a special celebration of the 5th anniversary of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop series and the 3rd annual print issue of Mud Season Review. Enjoy free food, a cash bar, and live music. Listen to readings by some of our featured authors. And celebrate the hard work and creative efforts of your fellow writers and editors.

This celebration is free to attend and open to all—not just BWW members—so feel free to bring a friend (or more)! We do ask that you please RSVP >

Upcoming workshops

Want to get a free author head shot? There’s just 1 spot left in our Author Photo Day event, Saturday, February 25. Sign up for your 15-minute photo session >

Need help navigating the world of Submittable and Duotrope? Get advice on how to submit your work from BWW founder Peter Biello. There are a few spots left in this workshop, scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. RSVP now >

Also, our March 2017 workshop calendar is now available. RSVP for March workshops >

Announcements

Mud Season Review

Congrats to the Mud Season Review staff on another great issue. Issue #27 is live now, featuring the fiction of Thomas Benz, nonfiction of Meredith Boe, poetry of Talal Alyan, and artwork of Jane LaFarge Hamill.
View Issue #27 >

Check out the staff’s recent interviews:

Mike  SweeneyMSR art co-editor,  interviews Issue #26 featured artist Rose B. Simpson.

Katie StrommeMSR nonfiction co-editor, interviews Issue #26 featured nonfiction author Nancy McCabe.

Lauren BenderMSR editor-in-chief, interviews Issue #26 featured fiction author Vi Khi Nao and Issue #27 featured nonfiction author Meredith Boe.

Patrick BrownsonMSR fiction co-editor, interviews Issue #27 featured fiction author Thomas Benz.

Flynn Center Blog

BWW writers regularly blog for the Flynn:

Kelly Hedglin Bowen previews Garrison Keillor’s upcoming Just Passing Through, coming to the Flynn Center MainStage on February 16.

Joyce Gallimore MOMIX: Opus Cactus previews , on the Flynn MainStage February 12.

Congrats and thanks

Congrats to Anne Charles, whose review of Mary Oliver’s “Upstream: Selected Essays” was published in the Lambda Literary Review 8.107 (January 27, 2017): Online. Read the review>

Thank you to Partridge Boswell for leading our very successful 3-workshop poetry craft series. Stay tuned for more craft series with Partridge in the future!

Thank you to Jensen Beach for sharing his insights and advice as our recent Friday Morning Workshop guest author.

Thanks to Deena Frankel, who led the BWW’s collaborative storytelling event with Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). Thank you as well to all of our storytellers for sharing their time and talents!

Thank you to Peter Biello and Lauren Bender for representing Mud Season Review at AWP 2017! Peter and Lauren report great success in getting MSR books into the hands of many new readers, and encouraging many more talented writers to send their work to us for consideration.

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of December 13, 2016

Image of the "Stories by the Fire" audience courtesy of our host, Gin Ferrara

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.

Opportunities

January workshops

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 >

the-masterWinter 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 >

 

Announcements

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 FerraraRichard FinkelsteinPeter BurnsSusanne Schmidt, Bill TorreyDennis McSorleyDeena 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.

 

StoryCraft: Jensen Beach and Kerrin McCadden’s Reading List

If you joined us for our recent event, in partnership with RETN, “StoryCraft: A Way with Words: Conversations on the Art, Work & Practice of Writing,” you know that featured writers Jensen Beach and Kerrin McCadden offered a wealth of great wisdom and advice. Our friend and host of the conversation, Gin Ferrara of Spindle & Widget, captured their recommended reading list in this blog post. We’re re-posting it here so our members can check out these recommendations. Happy reading!


Writers Kerrin McCadden and Jensen BeachThere’s no better question to ask a mediamaker than, “What films have influenced you?” So naturally, if we asked authors Jensen Beach and Kerrin McCadden, our guests from “StoryCraft: A Way with Words,” what books have influenced them, we’d have quite a list.

Fortunately, we didn’t even have to ask them, they shared a great list with us during our talk. And we compiled the books they mentioned into a rather impressive list.

So, without further ado, we present:

JENSEN AND KERRIN’S RECOMMENDED READING (in order of mention)

  1. Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen
  2. The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot, by Charles Baxter
  3. The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song, by Ellen Bryant Voigt
  4. About A Mountain, by John D’Agata 
  5. Ongoingness: The End of A Diary, Sarah Manguso
  6. Stories of Happy People by Lars Gustafsson

If you missed the conversation, hosted by RETN and Burlington Writers Workshop, you can watch it now: http://www.retn.org/show/way-words-conversations-art-work-practice-writing

This is just one of our engaging StoryCraft conversations with Vermont artists, mediamakers, and writers on the craft of story making. Register now for our talk on April 14th, with Erica Heilman of RumbleStrip Vermont.

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of January 19, 2016

What does it take to craft a great story?

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6 nights of conversations about the art, work, and practice of telling stories

Join us on Thursday, February 18th to find out.

The BWW will be partnering with  Vermont’s Regional Educational Television Network (RETN) to host A Way with Words: Conversations on the Work, Art & Practice of Writing, featuring award-winning authors and guest BWW workshop facilitators, Jensen Beach and Kerrin McCadden. Jensen and Kerrin will share their thoughts on how they organize their ideas, edit their work, create habits and practices, and find inspiration. The conversation will be hosted by Gin Ferrara, founder of the BWW’s oral storytelling workshop.

This event is the first in RETN’s StoryCraft series, a new 6-month series of conversations about the art, work, and practice of telling stories.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
The Media Factory at RETN/VCAM
208 Flynn Avenue in Burlington
Doors open at 5:30 pm | Conversation begins at 6 pm

This event is free, though donations are much appreciated.

Register now >
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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of October 26, 2015

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“Faith, Fierceness, Fear, Fish and Fate” ( 18 x 24 Oil on Fiberboard, 2015) by Robert Zurer, Mud Season Review October 2015 featured artist

Are you an artist as well as a writer? Or, do you know a talented artist? Mud Season Review, the BWW’s literary journal, is looking for art! Each month, the journal publishes the work of—and an interview with—one featured artist. We also display illustrative work along with each of our 3 literary genre pieces—and we’re always looking for art for our next print issue too. So there are lots of opportunities to have your artwork viewed by our growing audience. We hope you’ll consider submitting or pass this along to your artist friends. Submit your artwork now >

Keep reading for more BWW publishing and storytelling opportunities!

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We Will Miss You, Sondra

sondrasolomonOur friend and fellow writer Sondra Solomon passed away Sunday, September 13th after a battle with cancer. Sondra opened our eyes every time she opened her mouth in our Wednesday workshops. She was honest and direct; her insights were on point and constructive. While making her comments she often reminded us that growing up in the Bronx had made her tough but fair, and our workshops were better because of her contributions.

I met Sondra at the annual meeting of the League of Vermont Writers in early 2014. We happened to be seated at the same table. Shortly thereafter, Sondra started attending BWW meetings. I’m glad she did. Though she never submitted her work to the group—at least not while I was leading regular sessions—she was always present. She always read her fellow writers’ work and responded thoughtfully to it.

She was remembered fondly by her students at UVM in this recent article in the The Vermont Cynic.

Sondra was an academic and she also wrote fiction and volunteered to read fiction submissions for Mud Season Review. She was proud of her academic achievements and brought to at least one Wednesday workshop I attended her newest scholarly publication. In addition, she was the generous sponsor of Megan Mayhew Bergman’s visit to Hotel Vermont in May of 2014.

I’ve been told by Sondra’s close friend that she fought with dignity until the very end, and that we can all take comfort in our memories of her.

A memorial service for Sondra will be held on Monday, October 19, 2015 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Ira Allen Chapel (26 University Place in Burlington). You can read her obituary in the Burlington Free Press here.

A Call for Oral Storytelling Proposals

Submit your oral storytelling proposal by October 31st for:
It Happened One December
Stories by the Fire, a Hotel Vermont and Burlington Writers Workshop storytelling series

Saturday, December 5th and 19th, 2015
4:00 pm at Hotel Vermont

—An invitation from Deena Frankel, BWW Oral Storytelling Workshop leader

Hotel Vermont Lobby

Fireside at Hotel Vermont

Nobody wants to think about December just yet, but we all know it’s coming. So think about sitting by the fire in the lounge at Hotel Vermont, with snow falling on St. Paul Street, listening to tales of winter. Or better, yet, telling your own!

This December the BWW has two storytelling collaborations on tap with the Hotel Vermont to share true tales told live by BWW storytellers—our first-ever oral storytelling public events. With your help, we’ll enjoy great success and continue this as a regular series in the new year.

These will be curated events with an editorial panel of seasoned storytellers, led by our own Oral Storytelling Workshop leader Deena Frankel, choosing a well-balanced line-up from proposals by BWW story makers. Noted area storytellers will host each evening.

Here’s how it works:

Submit a brief, one-paragraph written proposal for a 7- to 8-minute story that connects, at least loosely, to the themes of winter, December, or a December holiday. The panel will pick 6 or 7 stories for each of the 2 evenings. (Let us know if you can make one but not the other.)

Stories guidelines are similar to the popular Moth series: a true story that happened to you (at least 94% true), rehearsed but not memorized, told without notes.

If your story idea is selected, we’ll invite you to “workshop” your story either at a BWW Oral Storytelling Workshop or at a mutually workable time with the panelists, sometime before the event.

The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2015.

Submit your oral storytelling proposal >

New to oral storytelling? That’s okay!

If you already tell stories out loud, you know how connected it feels to tell a well-crafted slice of your own life to an eager audience hanging on your every word. If you’re a writer, and haven’t tried this version of storytelling yet, here are some great reasons to give it a try:

  • Telling our stories out loud and in person connects us to a deeply ancient and primal human experience.
  • Crafting an oral story in a limited timeframe demands disciplined editing and choices that will help you as a writer.
  • Oral storytelling reveals what a story is REALLY about—why you care, and why we should care—more surely and quickly than you can imagine.

At the BWW’s September Oral Storytelling workshop, a writer attending her very first BWW workshop listened to the first story and then asked if she could tell her own. And, with no rehearsal and no real discussion of the form, she knocked our socks off with a story about coming to understand her tough, immigrant grandmother. Wow, writers make good tellers!

So please consider making a story proposal and helping the BWW make our inaugural public storytelling events at Hotel Vermont a hit this December.

Here’s an example of a storytelling proposal to stimulate your thinking. This was a successful pitch for a curated event on the theme of “summer”:

When I was 11, my very cool New York cousin got a job waiting tables at a resort in near my suburban home and he came to stay with us for the summer between high school and college. He brought all his cool with him: his red Fu Manchu mustache, his Buick Roadmaster convertible, and his love of folk music. I helped him work on the Buick, he introduced me to Bob Dylan, and he treated me like a pal instead of an annoying little kid cousin. After that summer a feud between our mothers separated us for more than 30 years, but rediscovering my very first record album—Blonde on Blonde—made me want to find my cousin again, hoping for a nostalgic reconnection. With the help of the internet, I found him, but the reality of my reunion with a self-absorbed slob couldn’t possibly match up to my memory of that cool, 1960s New York cat. Sometimes memory is better than reality and listening to old vinyl is a better tribute than an actual reunion.

Submit your oral storytelling proposal or come check out an upcoming oral storytelling workshop: Thursday, October 29th and Thursday, November 19th

 

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of April 20, 2015

David Foster Wallace is the author of INFINITE JEST, a novel known as much for its brilliance as it is for its endnotes.

David Foster Wallace is the author of INFINITE JEST, a novel known as much for its brilliance as it is for its endnotes.

You’ve heard of Infinite Jest. It’s that massive novel by David Foster Wallace that made him a post-modern literary star in the mid-90s. I started Infinite Jest years ago, never finished it, and have been meaning to restart it and read it all the way through. DFW meant for readers to read it twice. I’m still hoping to finish it once.

Patrick Brownson has read it five times. He’s the leader of Burlington’s “Infinite Summer,” a 13-week guided reading of Infinite Jest. Infinite Summer is a great way to commit to reading this masterpiece of postmodern literature because it keeps you rooted in a community of readers. This summer, the BWW, Patrick, and Rick Rowan are working together to bring Infinite Summer to the BWW.

We’ll be scheduling these for every Tuesday from June-August, so if you’re interested, keep an eye on our Meetup.com page on April 30th. That’s when we’ll schedule the meetings for June.

We also have a limited number of copies of the book you can borrow for this. We ask that if you borrow a copy, you stick through the whole summer (you can miss one or two weeks, but you still have to do the reading). Contact us if you’d like to borrow one and we’ll arrange a time for you to pick it up.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of April 6, 2015

Spencer Smith reads her essay, "Off Course," at the launch of THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015.

Spencer Smith reads her essay, “Off Course,” at the launch of THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015.

Our newest anthology, THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015, has officially been launched. The party on Friday night was a warm gathering of Burlington’s literati—and I was surprised to receive some generous and thoughtful gifts from folks I’ve come to know and love over the past few years. (I tried not to cry, failed—but I couldn’t help but be moved by such a kind gesture.) A huge success all around. Thanks to you for attending, to Arts Riot for hosting, and to New Moon Café and El Cortijo for providing the noshes.

The new book is available for sale at the workshop space in Burlington. It’s also available online here. We’ll now begin planning our summer book tour, and you’ll be able to purchase the book at any of our events, as well as at local bookstores around the state.

What remains now? Writing opportunities and general announcements for this week.

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Free Your Verse

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JD Fox, poet and guest blogger.

Hi, there. I’m JD Fox. And I’m a poet.

Now you try saying that, with your name instead of mine. Because you are. Even if you have never written what you consider a poem before.

You’re a poet, though maybe you justand yes, you bet your sweet literary muse I’m gonna say itdon’t know it.

Feel free to groan or roll your eyes at the line above. That’s a perfectly acceptable part of the creative process. Or chuckle. Or go, “huh?” Those are fine responses, too. Or, even better, stop reading and just go write…

Oh, you’re still reading?

Okay, then, let’s talk a little more about writing, which is what the Burlington Writers Workshop is all about and is what this blog will strive to be about: delving into both the elements of the craft and the writing life. That’s a much broader topic, of course, than just verse, but poetry is a good place to start in light of the month, which I’m sure you already know is National Poetry Month.

And if you didn’t, well now you do.

Montpelier, in particular, embraces this month of verse, becoming PoemCity with over 300 poems by Vermonters posted in various businesses and other venues throughout the city. April is chock full of readings to kindle appreciation of the form and workshops to release your inner poet.

Poetry is contagious. It has spread to PoemTown Randolph, PoemTown St Johnsbury, and PoemCampus Norwich, each with writer- and reader-friendly events of their own.

So consider walking around these towns participating and creating. You’ll likely find yourself infected with the writing bug, if you’re not already.

Then come back around and we’ll take it from there. It should be said upfront that there is no cure. But who would want it any other way?

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of January 19, 2015

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Photo by Terry Cleveland for the PlanBTV South End project.

This week, writers and photographers are teaming up to profile Burlington’s South End. It’s part of a project funded by a grant from PlanBTV. Writers and photographers paired up to create a poem/photo pair that captures the essence of a particular aspect of the South End (artists, business owners, residents, senior citizens, immigrants/new Americans, etc.). The work will be on display at a reception on February 12th. If you enjoy really getting to know a place—its people, its businesses, its art—then this is a great event for you.

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Flynn Center Seeks Bloggers!

flynncenterThe Flynn Center is once again offering bloggers the chance to write about shows for the Flynn Center Blog in exchange for a pair of tickets to select performances for the 2014/2015 season. It’s a wonderful opportunity to exercise your creative writing skills and see some cultural icons and, yes, superstars.

Here’s how it works: You pick one show and an alternate from the list below and send a note to our Flynn Center liaison, Pat Goudey O’Brien, using the form below. One blogger (and one guest) per show. If you’re assigned a show, you’ll be expected to write a blog post about it and send it to Pat no more than two weeks before the show. Do this, and tickets will be waiting for you at will call. Then, after the show, you’ll write a post-show blog entry within a day or two and send it to Pat. Pat will help you edit these if necessary. Continue reading