Opportunities and Announcements: Week of January 30, 2017

Grier Martin (left) and Barbie Alsop (right) at the workshop on giving feedback at the BWW space on Saturday, January 28th.

Giving feedback to your fellow writer is at the heart of what we do at the BWW. At Saturday’s workshop on giving feedback, we discussed this essay and had a deep discussion of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to giving feedback. We’ll have more of these workshops later this year, but if you missed it, check out that essay and, next time you’re in a workshop, attempt to put those ideas into practice. Reach out if you have questions. I’m always happy to talk about how best to respond to a piece of writing.

We’ve got many more workshops on the horizon. Workshops for the month of March will be scheduled soon, so please keep an eye out for those!

In the meantime, here are this week’s opportunities and announcements.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of August 11, 2014

The most important thing we do for each other is provide honest, thoughtful responses for our friends and fellow writers. I’ve written an essay that offers six strategies for providing this feedback. I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and use these strategies next time you respond to someone’s work.

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Five Reasons You Should Submit To Mud Season Review

MSR-logo-rectangleThe Burlington Writers Workshop launched Mud Season Review a few weeks ago. It’s a literary journal run by BWW writers, featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. So far we’ve received a ton of submissions, which is great. We’re looking forward to receiving more before our first deadline, August 1st.

Here are a few reasons why you, intrepid writer, should submit to Mud Season Review.

1. Mud Season celebrates you. MSR will feature your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art for a whole month. Plus you’ll also be interviewed about your work.

2. It’s an honor to publish in MSR. Given the quantity and quality of submissions we’ve received so far, it’s likely that we’ll have an acceptance rate of less than one percent. That means whatever we publish is going to be top-notch work.

3. If you need feedback, MSR can help. It’s run by members of a writing workshop, which means writers who need helpful feedback to receive it. For $12, an editor will provide you with a thoughtful response to your work. The editor will address what’s working well and what’s not working well and identify opportunities for growth and development.

4. It’s free to submit your work. So why not?

5. We’ll throw a party for you. On September 20th, we’ll launch our first digital issue at Hotel Vermont. We want you to be there, but if you can’t make it, we’ll still celebrate the work you’ve done. Perhaps, if you use Skype, you could join us by webcam!

If you have questions about Mud Season Review, contact the editors. They’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Good luck!

Writing Workshops: Six Guidelines for Cultivating Trust

Meg Stout

Meg Stout

Writing workshops are a pretty amazing thing. People, often strangers, come together to share pieces that express their artistic visions and, sometimes, intimate details of their lives. It can be scary to submit your work for review, but in return for your bravery, you receive valuable feedback, encouragement, and a sense of community. Participating in a writing workshop can be a powerful and even transformative experience. Continue Reading