- December fundraising success
- Best of the BWW anthology naming survey
- 2018 anthology call for staff
- Open hours at the BWW studio
- Board update
- Strategic planning update
- Congrats & thanks
December fundraising success
Thank you to everyone who supported the BWW this December—whether as a sustaining donor, with a one-time donation, by rounding up your change in the checkout line at City Market, or through a Mud Season Review feedback request, full manuscript review, or tip jar donation.
In December, you helped us raise a total of $8,513.27:
- $422 through sustaining member donations
- $3,025 through additional one-time donations
- $2,284.34 through City Market’s “Rally for Change” program
- $2,556.09 through our Mud Season Review full manuscript review offer
- $136.56 through Mud Season Review feedback requests
- $44.64 through Mud Season Review tip jar donations
In addition, your board members met this past Thursday night to review financials for the year as well as the budget for 2018. Minutes and financials from that meeting will be available as soon as they are finalized.
BWW anthology name change survey and call for staff
First, the survey
In the 2017 annual member survey and at the annual meeting, a number of people suggested changing the name of the Burlington Writers Workshop annual anthology (The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop).
We sought member input through a survey in December to determine whether our wider membership preferred to keep the name or change it, and to gather suggestions to consider if we are to make a change. The survey split down the middle—with 19 votes in favor of a change and 19 votes opposed.
Below are a few points shared through the survey and through discussion, to offer member thinking on this issue:
- The idea of “best of” feels like a misnomer to some members because:
- For some members, it doesn’t feel consistent with our supportive organizational culture.
- For others, because selected works featured in the anthology each year reflect the subjective judgment of each year’s editors rather than an objective standard of what it means to be the “best of,” the language of “best of the BWW” feels like it sets up a misleading sense of competition.
- Some members feel that given the 5 years invested in the current name to date, changing the name could result in a loss of brand recognition.
Given the tie vote, we are offering a follow-up survey. This survey is meant to share some new naming options for your consideration, ask again “keep or change” in the context of the alternatives, and get feedback on the alternatives to inform a renaming decision, if we go that way. The survey will be open through Monday, February 5.
And now the call for staff
If you expressed interest through this survey in being part of the 2018 anthology staff and provided your name and email, we’ll be contacting you next week with more information. If you didn’t responding in the survey, but you’re interested in possibly joining the staff, please let us know by Monday, February 5. We’re planning an informational meeting to be held in February.
Open hours at the BWW studio: All writers welcome!
During “open hours” at the studio, Burlington Writers Workshop members are invited to come to the workshop space to free write, write with guided prompts, make coffee or tea, and mingle with other fellow writers. RSVP for an upcoming open hours time below:
Wednesday, January 24, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Hosted by Mindy Wong
Wednesday, January 31, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Hosted by Natasha Mieszkowski
Strategic planning update
Congrats & thanks
Congrats to Anne Charles, whose review of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America, an anthology edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding, appeared in the Jan. 5 issue of the Lambda Literary Review (Vol. 9. Issue 155).
Thank you to Mud Season Review staff members who will be doing this round of manuscript reviews to help raise funds in support of the journal: Lauren Bender, Patrick Brownson, Emily Ferro, Ann Fisher, Erin Post, Rebecca Starks, Candelin Wahl, and Mindy Wong.
Thank you to Mieko A. Ozeki, owner of Radiance Studios, for leading a highly informative workshop on building a writer’s website to a packed house this week. And thank you to Cynthia Close for bringing this workshop idea to the group and hosting the event.
Thank you to Natasha Mieszkowski, Candelin Wahl, and Mindy Wong for hosting open hours sessions in January.
Thank you again to City Market for their “Rally for Change” program that helped raise funds for the BWW this December, and continues to raise funds to support many important nonprofits. And thanks to Peter Biello for signing the BWW up for this program.