Opportunities and Announcements: Week of March 20, 2017

Read our interview with Elizabeth Gaucher, whose nonfiction essay is featured in The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017.

The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017 and Mud Season Review Vol. 3 are off to the printer! We’re very much looking forward to sharing the latest editions of both publications at this year’s book launch celebration, to be held Friday, April 21 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Contois Auditorium in Burlington’s City Hall.

Gearing up for the celebration, we’ll be featuring interviews with some of our Best of and Mud Season writers who will be reading at the event. This week, our Best of nonfiction editor, Nina Gaby, speaks with Elizabeth Gaucher, whose piece, “Dialing the Dark,” is included in this year’s anthology.

Read the interview >

And join us to hear Elizabeth and others read at the event >


Spring 2017 Literature Reading Series
Beginning Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington
Thank you to everyone who voted to choose our next reading for this series. Each Tuesday evening this April, you’ll find us in our space in downtown Burlington reading and discussing James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room. Space in the group is filling up fast. RSVP now >

New member workshop
Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington

Have you attended 5 or fewer BWW workshops to date? If yes, please join us for a new member workshop.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the workshop and see what’s it like to review a piece, all among other new members.  All skill levels are welcome. RSVP now >

Book Launch Party
Join us on Friday, April 21 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the launch of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017 and Mud Season Review Vol. 3. Enjoy readings from authors featured in both publications, plus free food, cash bar, music, and good company. RSVP now >

Join the staff of Mud Season Review
We have editing and reading positions open on our art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry teams right now. We’re also looking for someone to help coordinate events. If you love literature and want to experience working on a literary journal, please let us know. Send inquiries to Lauren Bender, editor-in-chief, at editor@mudseasonreview.com.



Flynn Center blog

BWW writers regularly blog for the Flynn:

Jeffrey Lindholm reviews Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s recent performance on the Flynn MainStage >

Cynthia Close reviews The Chieftains’ recent performance on the Flynn MainStage >

Congrats and thanks

Congrats to Deena Frankel, our oral storytelling workshop leader and designer of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshopwho will be performing at the upcoming Boston Women in Comedy Festival.

Congrats to Michelle Watters, leader of a monthly BWW poetry workshop and Mud Season Review co-editor of poetry, whose poem was recently accepted by Typehouse Literary Magazine.

Thanks to Karin Ames for filling in on scheduling while our BWW scheduler (Dennis Bouldin) is away on vacation.

Thanks to Katie Jickling from Seven Days for joining us for Saturday’s workshop on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Vermont’s “Right to Know” laws for journalists.


Support for the BWW comes from A Book of One’s Own Literary Services. Janice Obuchowski is a longtime fiction editor who helps cull and refine writing.  Through offering substantial feedback and developmental suggestions on short stories, essays, and book-length manuscripts, she can make your writing more compelling, polished, and ready to submit to agents and literary journals.  Contact her at ownbookliterary@gmail.com to inquire about specific pricing and services, or visit ownbookliterary.com.

Reading for a Writerly Life

Rose Eggert, BWW sustaining member and member of the retreat committee

I have to be honest. I’ve never been much of a joiner. As I writer, my idea of a good day is writing a good sentence, followed by reading a good book, but the Burlington Writers Workshop has been a wonderful way to meet other writers who are as passionate about their work as I am. I’ve learned as much from reading and commenting on the works of others as I have from getting feedback.

But one of the most compelling ways I enrich my writerly life is BWW’s Literature Reading Series on Tuesday nights. Our most recent selection was Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. As you probably know, Faulkner can be quite challenging, but reading and discussing a chapter or two each week with a brilliant, thought provoking and very welcoming group of literature lovers has stimulated my writing more than anything else I know.

In the words of William Faulkner, in order to write you must,

“Read, read, read! Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.”

The BWW Literature Reading Series is one of the great pleasures of BWW membership for me. I am a sustaining member.

Rose Eggert

If you’d like to help keep programs like the BWW Literature Reading Series going, please consider becoming a sustaining member (at $12/month) or making a one-time donation of any amount today.

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of November 28

It’s time to choose the next novel for our BWW Literature Reading Series! winter-2017-novel-poll






The group recently finished its best season yet with the reading of William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and we’re ready to start on a new novel this coming January. There’s still room in this dedicated group of readers who meet each Tuesday evening in Burlington to share their experiences and perspectives of some of history’s most celebrated novels.

As with each season, the current participants have voted among themselves to come up with their top 3 choices for the next novel:

  1. Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master & Margarita
  2. Toni Morrison’s Beloved
  3. Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano

Now, it’s the larger BWW community’s turn to weigh in. Voting is open through Friday, December 9, 2016. Vote now >


Stories by the Fire:

In addition to the opportunity above, don’t forget about It Happened One December: Stories by the Fire, our oral storytelling event coming up on Saturday, December 10, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  For the second year, the BWW will present Stories by the Fire around the hearth at Hotel Vermont. This oral storytelling event features 8 first-person, true stories—each about 8 minutes long—told without notes in the style of The Moth.

Produced by BWW oral stories leader Deena Frankel and hosted by BWW member Gin Ferrara, this event is free and open to the public. Our media sponsor for the event is RETN. RSVP now >

Member event:

Also, a reminder that all BWW members are invited to the “Afternoon of Poetry and Friends” book launch and reception for BWW member Anne Averyt’s recently published poetry chapbook, Autumn’s Yard. The reception will be held on Thursday, December 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 at Chef’s Corner South End on Flynn Avenue, just below Pine Street.


msr-issue-25Mud Season Review‘s Issue #25 launched last week, with artwork by Ole Brodersen, fiction by Amanda Rodriguez, nonfiction by Rebecca Fremo, and poetry by Triin Paja. Congratulations to the MSR team on the launch of another fine issue! Check out Issue #25 >




Flynn Blog

Burlington Writers Workshop members regularly blog for the Flynn Center. Check out these recent posts:

Lorraine Ryan previews “A Christmas  Carol,” coming to the Flynn MainStage on Thursday, December 1 >

Cynthia Close writes about Sally Linder, whose “White Magnetism” exhibit opens on December 3 at the Flynn’s Amy E Tarrent Gallery >

Cynthia also previews National Theatre Live’s Hamlet at Palace 9 Cinema in South Burlington >

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of August 22, 2016

Tony Whedon

Tony Whedon will lead the 2016 Burlington Writers Workshop Guided Creative Nonfiction Retreat

The Lottery for the October 2016 Guided Creative Nonfiction Retreat with Tony Whedon is now open

This full-day retreat will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Treleven Farm Annex in New Haven, Vermont. Last year’s participants reported an amazing time of learning and growth with poet and essayist Tony Whedon.

The retreat lottery will be open through midnight, September 1. All active BWW members and volunteers are encouraged to enter.

Enter the lottery >


Retreat opportunities

September 2016 Guided Poetry Retreat with Baron Wormser
Saturday, September 17, 2016

In addition to the October 2016 Guided Creative Nonfiction Retreat mentioned above, we also have a few spaces left in our September 2016 Guided Poetry Retreat with Baron Wormser. This full-day retreat will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont. The remaining spaces will now be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enter the lottery now >

Current volunteer opportunities

Help staff the Burlington Book Festival table
September 17 – 18, 2016

The Burlington Book Festival is coming up fast and the BWW will be hosting a table at the event. Staffing the table is a great way to help support the BWW while connecting with other writers at the festival. If you’re interested, please contact us.

Introduce your favorite writer at the Book Festival

We also have an opportunity for BWW members to help introduce their favorite writers at the upcoming Burlington Book Festival on Saturday, September 17.

If you’d like to help introduce one of the writers listed below, please contact festival director Rick Kisonak directly at burlingtonmag@gmail.com.

M.T. Andersen│Jennifer Armstrong│Jensen Beach│Chard deNiord│Tina Escaja│Amy Hassinger│Ann Hood│Leland Kinsey│Meg Little Reilly│Graham Macindoe│Elizabeth Marshall Thomas│Vi Kha Nao│Jay Parini│John Elder Robison│Elizabeth Powell│Mario Susko│Susan Stellin│Z.G. Tomaszewski│Teri Youmans Grimm

Join the staff of Mud Season Review

We’re filling positions fast for Mud Season Review, but there are still some open.

Positions open now include:

  • Managing Editor, Project and Communications
  • PR/Marketing Manager
  • Fiction Co-editor (*new)

Positions opening in September (but still accepting applications now!) include:

  • Nonfiction Co-editor
  • Art Co-editor
  • Copyeditor

Learn more about the responsibilities, desired qualifications, and estimated time commitment for these positions. Get more info and apply now >


Read some Faulkner with us

Come read with us on Tuesday nights this fall in Burlington

Come read with us on Tuesday nights this fall in Burlington

In case you missed last week’s Opportunities & Announcements, a reminder that the winner of the 2016 Fall Literature Reading Series poll is William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom!

The reading series kicks off with its first meeting on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. It’s a wonderful group that keeps regulars coming back each season and is always ready to welcome newcomers. RSVP now >

Also, the full September schedule is up now on Meetup.com. Find your favorite workshop >

Upcoming events

We have 2 exciting events coming up in September:

Writers in the Round at the Burlington Book Festival
Saturday, September 17, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Hotel Vermont

As part of the Burlington Book Festival, join the Burlington Writers Workshop and Mud Season Review for an evening of “writers in the round,” where poets alternate reading short poems that play off what has just been read. This event will feature: Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord, accomplished Vermont poets Partridge Boswell and Julia Shipley, and our own Lauren Bender and Michelle Watters from Mud Season Review.

Location: Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry St in Burlington

RSVP now >

Book Tour: Best of the BWW 2016 Poetry Reading at Shelburne Vineyard
Sunday, September 25, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Shelburne Vineyard

Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop poet Zoe Armstrong

Zoe Armstrong will read her poetry at the upcoming Best of 2016 book tour event

Join us for a poetry reading at Shelburne Vineyard, hosted by Michelle Watters, poetry editor of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016.

Enjoy a glass of local wine and delicious, perfectly paired appetizers while listening to the readings of four Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 poets: Zoe Armstrong, Mark Hoffman, Spencer Smith, and Jimmy Tee.

Location: Shelburne Vineyard,  6308 Shelburne Rd in Shelburne

RSVP now >

Read an interview with Best of 2016 poet Zoe Armstrong >


Repeating last week’s congrats & thanks as well due to a mailing list issue that kept us from mailing out last week’s Opportunities & Announcements post:

Congrats to Riki Moss, whose artwork was recently featured as part of the “Adept Pursuits – Accomplished Work” exhibit at the Fourth Corner Foundation Gallery in Windham, Vermont and is currently on display as part of the “Women In The Men’s Room” exhibit at The Men’s Room Salon, located right downstairs from the BWW space at 110 Main Street in Burlington. You can check out Riki’s work there through September.

Congrats to Amanda Vella, who was recently selected as part of the Wall to Canvas Live Art Competition, sponsored by the Magic Hat Brewing Company.

…and thanks

Thanks to JD Fox, who is moving on from his role as co-editor of fiction for Mud Season Review, for all he’s done for the journal.

Thanks to Sam Hughes, who is moving on from his role as our Monday night workshop host, for all of the many wonderful workshops he’s led for the BWW.

Welcome to new workshop leader Rosa Castellano, who will be leading a monthly Monday night poetry workshop beginning in September. And thank you to Martin BockAmanda Vella, and Michelle Watters—existing workshop leaders who will each also be hosting monthly Monday night workshops starting this fall.

Have you recently been published, won an award, taught a writing seminar, or accomplished something else you’d like to share with your fellow BWW members? If yes, please let us know so we can help share the good news!

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of August 1, 2016

This week brings a few new opportunities to get more involved in the Burlington Writers Workshop!

Baron Wormser, BWW guided poetry retreat leader

Baron Wormser, 2000 Poet Laureate of Maine, founder of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, and award-winning poet, will host the BWW’s 2016 Guided Poetry Retreat

First up:

Our September 2016 Guided Poetry Retreat with Baron Wormser

This full-day retreat will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the beautiful Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont.

The retreat lottery is open now through midnight, August 15, 2016. All active BWW members and volunteers are encouraged to enter!

Enter the lottery now >

Find out how else you can get involved. Continue reading

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of June 27, 2016

The BWW's second

The BWW’s Infinite Summer 2016 kicks off with a picnic

Summer at the BWW is in full swing. And that means another annual Infinite Summer series is too. This series is, for me, a perfect example of what I love about the way we work here at the BWW, with programming driven by member ideas and the dedicated volunteers willing to make them happen. Last summer, we joined forces with Patrick Brownson, who’d been leading Infinite Summer (a summer-long guided reading of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest) for 2 years in Burlington. The initial group had so much fun together, we decided to extend the idea of a BWW literature reading series to an all-year affair. Members voted on which books to read each season (this year’s picks: Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend for the fall and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities for the spring). And now we’re a month into our second year of the BWW’s Infinite Summer series.

Here are a few thoughts from Patrick on how it’s going so far:

“On May 31st, we began the 4th annual Infinite Summer in Burlington. This is not the easiest club to be a part of—in that photo of our first meeting, the book is mostly being used to hold down the picnic blanket. Reading and digesting the whole novel is an enormous undertaking, both because of its sheer size and the weight of its subject matter. Nevertheless, we are entering 2016 with 8 dedicated readers who, at only 150+ pages, are already enriching my own reading. We’ve covered everything from the book’s horrendous and rampant drug use to irony and sincerity in American consumer culture to the genre-busting nature of Wallace’s masterpiece. I am so grateful that Burlington has produced so many thoughtful citizens with enough down time to help me get this thing read, and I can’t wait to see which way the conversations lead us.”
—Patrick Brownson, Infinite Summer workshop leader

You can also read another perspective on this growing group of dedicated readers from member Anna Carey. And if you haven’t had a chance to join yet, not to worry. We’ll have a new reading series in the fall—with the opportunity to help pick the book—and hopefully we’ll be kicking off yet another Infinite Summer next June!

Keep reading for more upcoming opportunities. Continue reading