Opportunities and Announcements: Week of June 13, 2016

Writers Kerrin McCadden and Jensen Beach

Kerrin McCadden and Jensen Beach share their process at the February 2016 StoryCraft event

Our July schedule is up at Meetup.com and we have lots of great summer workshops on the schedule, including guest author workshops with fiction writer Jensen Beach and poet Kerrin McCadden. Spots are filling up fast. RSVP now for Jensen’s workshop on Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. in Burlington and for Kerrin’s workshop on Monday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. in Burlington.


An opportunity from a BWW sponsor, the League of Vermont Writers

Support for the BWW comes from the League of Vermont Writers. LVW invites you to their biennial WRITERS MEET AGENTS event on July 23 at the Double Tree Hotel in South Burlington. The all-day event includes presentations, panels, and opportunities to pitch your finished manuscript to agents. Visit the LVW website to register, purchase one-on-one pitch sessions, and get more details > 

Other upcoming opportunities

PechaKucha Night: Vermonters on the Crafting of Good Stories. Join our StoryCraft partners for a PechaKucha Night on July 14, 6 p.m. at Chef’s Corner/FlynnDog Gallery, 208 Flynn Ave in Burlington—the final event in the StoryCraft series. As the BWW partnered with RETN and Spindle & Widget to kick off the first session in the series, we hope BWW members will come out to support the final event. PechaKucha is a worldwide phenomenon that uses a quick and concise presentation format that allows several presenters to share their ideas in one evening. Learn more about this event or about being a presenter >

Stowe Story Labs is offering a 4-day intensive program, September 10-13, 2016 at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT, for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers with narrative projects in all stages of development. Submit an application >

Join us for a new member informational workshop on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. If you’ve been wanting to attend a BWW workshop, but haven’t been sure how to get started, here’s your chance. Please join us for an informational meeting for new members. We’ll talk about how the workshops work, our approach to giving feedback, how to submit a request to have your work reviewed, and the many other opportunities for getting involved in the BWW. RSVP now >

Enter the retreat lottery for our fiction retreat with Megan Mayhew Bergman on Saturday, July 23. The lottery is open through June 15. Get more details and enter your name >


Flynn Center blog

Burlington Writers Workshop members regularly blog for the Flynn. These members recently wrote about performances as part of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival:

Brett Sigurdson wrote this preview of Antibalas and this preview of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

Lorraine Ryan wrote this preview of Diane Schuur & the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

Cynthia Close wrote this review of Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars and this review of Jenny Scheinman & Myra Melford.

Congrats and thanks

Thank you to Barbie Alsop for her generous donation of a printer/copier for the BWW space.

Our hours

Stop into our Burlington space (110 Main Street, Studio 3C) during the following times this week to get some quiet writing or reading time in, or to find out more about the BWW:

Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of June 6, 2016

Thank You! (1)Thank you to all the kind and generous writers who made contributions to the Burlington Writers Workshop during our May fundraiser. We had a goal of $6,000 and we definitely reached that goal. The exact amount isn’t clear yet. We’re still waiting on a few checks that were pledged in May. Once those come in, we’ll be able to give you a better picture of how much we raised. But you did great work and you’re helping us cover the cost of the space, our events, and our publications. And there are still some pint glasses available as a thank-you gift if you’d like to make a $150 contribution!

Your fearless leader, Danielle Thierry, took a short break from BWW-related duties last week, so I’m filling in with this regular update on literary opportunities and organization announcements. If I’ve missed something, please let me know!


Our friends at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts are offering a special deal on their “Performance Creation” class for BWW members. From their website: “How do we harness our diverse art-making toward a socially conscious bigger purpose? Find out by working together to share, inspire, create, and collaborate in this unique, interdisciplinary intensive weekend with fellow artists. Using improvisation in a variety of structured solo and group formats, we explore different ways of creating, ultimately devising a powerful interdisciplinary performance piece that speaks our collective and individual truths.” Use the promo code BWW for 50% off.

As you may know, we’ve got a few books to sell this year (The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016 and Mud Season Review 2016). Libraries often buy these, but they need to be asked first! I’ve got a list of libraries that we can divide up among a few intrepid volunteers. Volunteers would call the libraries and ask if they’d like to buy one of these. You’ll send me the list of which libraries want which books, and I’ll send out books and invoices. Any volunteers ready to help? Contact me.


Cynthia Close has a few new posts up on the Flynn Center blog.

Brett Sigurdson interviews Jennifer Sinor in Mud Season Review.

JD Fox interviews Tyler Barton in Mud Season Review.

Thanks to JD Fox, Natasha Mieskowski, Katie Stromme, Robin Lauzon, and Rebecca Starks for helping out with Mud Season Review feedback thank-you gifts. We raised about $4,300 in May thanks to their hard work.

And, of course, the July workshops are now posted. Please take a moment to claim your seat! (You must log into Meetup.com, of course.)


Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 31, 2016

BWW 2016 Retreats

Retreat season is upon us once again! In both the 2014 and 2015 BWW member surveys, writing retreats topped the list of member priorities. Last year’s retreat series was a great success and we’re excited to bring you the series again this year.

Our retreat committee has created 4 retreats to be held monthly, July – October. To make sure there’s something for everyone, we’re offering a mix of locations, topics, and retreat types—with 3 guided retreats in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry led by accomplished instructors as well as a free-form retreat with lots of time for focusing on your own writing projects in a quiet, inspiring atmosphere. As with all of our programming, these retreats are free. Participation will be decided through a lottery system.

First up in the series is a Guided Fiction Retreat with Megan Mayhew Bergman, Saturday, July 23 in Georgia, VT. The lottery for this retreat will be open now through June 15.

Learn more about the retreats and how you can participate > 

Fundraising update

We’re wrapping up our May Fundraiser and it’s looking like we’re going to hit our goal! As of right now, we’re just $10 away from our $6,000 goal for the month. Thank you. And if you’d like to be the one to get us to the goal, consider donating $10 or more today. We’ll share the final fundraising numbers next week. It is so inspiring to know that we have the funds to keep programs like the retreat series going!

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 23, 2016

Mud Season Review

Check out Mud Season Review Issue #20 at www.mudseasonreview.com

Mud Season Review Issue #20 is live this week! I encourage you to check out the environmental artwork of Sally Linder and delve into the writing of Tyler Barton (fiction), Lauren Spinabelli (nonfiction), and Peter Vanderberg (poetry). Read the issue >

If you couldn’t make it to MSR‘s launch party for print issue vol. 2, or you just want to hear the fantastic readings from Robin McLean, Alison Prine, Ralph Culver, and Sean Prentiss again, you can also check out our podcast of the evening.  The print issue can be purchased online or in our Burlington space.

Fundraising update

We’ve raised $4,450 of our $6,000 goal! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. If you haven’t made your donation yet during our May Fundraiser, I hope you’ll consider giving what you can to help us keep Mud Season Review and all the other great things we’re doing here going for another year. For sustaining donors ($12/month or a one-time, $150 donation), we’ll thank you with a pair of BWW pint glasses.


Contest and awards

Southern Poetry Review‘s Guy Owen Award offers $1,000 and publication for an unpublished poem. Deadline (postmark) is May 31, 2016. Read the full submission guidelines >

BOA Editions offers $1,000 and publication for a short story collection (90 – 200 pages). Deadline is May 31, 2016. Read the full submission guidelines >

Upcoming workshops

Our first Saturday Prose Workshop is coming up on June 4. Join us at the Burlington space at 10:30 a.m. RSVP now >

Join us for the first of our summer Monday Night Poetry Workshops on June 6, 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. It’s all poetry, all summer on Monday nights. RSVP now >


Do you have interest in a potential children’s writing workshop? We have a member who is eager to see who else might enjoy discussing and workshopping children’s literature. If you’re interested, please contact us so we can gauge interest in a potential workshop.

Flynn Center blog

BWW members regularly blog for the Flynn.

Cynthia Close recently wrote this review of Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s May 14 performance at FlynnSpace.

Congrats and thanks

Congratulations to Deena Frankel and Bill Torrey for their excellent showing in The Vermont Moth GrandSLAM II: When Worlds Collide at the Flynn.

Thank you to Eva Gumprecht for her work in securing a great new home for our Montpelier workshops.

Our hours

Stop into our Burlington space (110 Main Street, Studio 3C) during the following times this week to get some quiet writing or reading time in, or to find out more about the BWW:

Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Opportunities and Announcements: Week of May 9, 2016

Support the Burlington Writers WorkshopWe’re making great progress toward our May fundraising goal of $6,000. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to help us raise $1,981 in our first week!

This great start is a true testament to how much our community means to its members. If you haven’t donated yet, we hope you’ll consider making a contribution in any amount to help us to continue producing high-quality literature like Mud Season Review, providing forums for authors to read their work at events like Saturday’s print issue launch party, and bringing accomplished authors like Julia Shipley to our workshops.

And remember: If you become a sustaining member at $12/month or a one-time donation of $150, we’ll thank you with a pair of BWW pint glasses, so you can raise a toast to this awesome community anytime you want!


Don’t miss your chance to workshop your poetry with Julia Shipley.

Julia Shipley with the Burlington Writers Workshop

Julia Shipley will lead The Monday Workshop on May 16 in Burlington

We still have spots open in the Monday Workshop with Julia Shipley, Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Burlington. And, we’re looking for two poets to submit their work for review. This is a wonderful opportunity to get feedback on your work from an award-winning poet—as well as your fellow BWW members.

Julia Shipley is the author of a full-length poetry collection, The Academy of Hay, (Bona Fide Books, 2015) winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, and a long-form lyric essay, Adam’s Mark, (Plowboy Press, 2014), which was selected as a Boston Globe Best New England Books of 2014. She is also the author of four poetry chapbooks, including the limited edition, letterpress printed One Ton Crumb (CC&B, 2014), First Do No Harm(Honeybee Press, 2014), Herd (2010), winner of the Sheltering Pines Press Chapbook Award, and Planet Jr. (2012) winner of the Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award from Flyway Journal of Writing and Environment. Winner of the Ralph Nading Hill Award, and finalist for the Curt Johnson Prose Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Teachers and Writers Bechtel Award, she’s also received grants from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council (Featured grantee 8/4 /2011), and received fellowships to The Frost Place (NH), The Center for Book Arts (NYC) and The Studios of Key West (FL).

Send a request to submit your work for this workshop. And don’t forget to RSVP to save your spot!

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of April 25, 2016

Mud Season Review Issue #19

Check out Issue #19 at www.mudseasonreview.com

Mud Season Review issue #19 is up for viewing! This issue offers a preview of what’s inside MSR’s print issue vol. 2, forthcoming in May. Check out the artwork of Sonja Hinrichsen, fiction of Evan D. Williams (with illustrations by Meredith C. Bullock), nonfiction of Melissa Wiley, and poetry of Lisa Beech Hartz. And don’t forget to RSVP for the print launch party on Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m. at Hotel Vermont.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of April 18, 2016

Mud Season Review print issue vol. 2 launch partyThe next few weeks bring two of our biggest events of the year. First up is the Best of 2016 launch party on Friday, April 29th at the BCA. If you’re planning to attend (and we hope you are!), please remember to RSVP. This will help us to accurately plan for food and seating for the event. The following week brings the launch party for Mud Season Review print issue vol. 2. This celebration will be held Saturday, May 7th, beginning at 7 p.m., at Hotel Vermont. The evening will feature author readings by Ralph Culver, Robin McLean, Sean Prentiss, and Alison Prine as well as an art installation of work by Riki Moss, whose artwork is featured in the MSR print issue. Please kindly RSVP for this event as well.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of April 11, 2016

Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop authorsIt’s good to be back writing to you about all things BWW! A huge thank you to Peter for stepping in to write Opportunities & Announcements for the past two weeks while I was concentrating on some big work projects.

I did get the chance last week to meet with several new BWW members at our new member informational meeting, and I have to say it was exciting to meet this new group of writers who are eager to jump in and begin sharing their work and their feedback. Thank you to everyone who came out for the meeting. And for those of you who were on the waiting list, stay tuned: We’ll be adding more new member meetings to the schedule soon.

In the meantime, if you’d like to get to know the authors behind some of the pieces in The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016, I encourage you to read our editors’ interviews with poets Ashleigh Ellsworth-Keller and Deb Sherrer, and fiction writer Natasha Mieszkowski (all of whom will be reading at April 29th’s launch party). We’ll be posting interviews with more Best Of authors soon.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of March 21, 2016

Mud Season Review Issue #18

Check out Issue #18 at www.mudseasonreview.com

Congratulations to the staff of Mud Season Review on the launch of Issue #18! This issue features the artwork of Antonio Puri as well as fiction by Sam Gridley, nonfiction by Gretchen Comcowich, and poetry by Wendy Willis.

The MSR team is also working hard on the journal’s second annual print issue, which will be coming out in April. RSVP for the print issue vol. 2 launch party on Saturday, May 7th, 7 p.m. at Hotel Vermont.



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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of March 14, 2016

April 2016 BWW guest poetsIf you’re a poet, April brings the opportunity to have your work reviewed by one of our two special guest poets scheduled to lead workshops for the BWW next month. Partridge Boswell, author of Some Far Country, which received the 2013 Grolier Discovery Award, will lead our poetry workshop on Monday, April 4th, and Gary Margolis, award-winning author of four books of poems, including Below the Falls, Fire in the Orchard, Falling Awake, and The Day We Still Stand Here, will lead our poetry workshop on Monday, April 25th. Submit a schedule request to have your poems reviewed by one of these accomplished poets.

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of March 7, 2016

Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities

Join us Tuesday evenings in April for our Spring 2016 Literature Reading Series

The winner of our recent vote to choose the novella for our Spring 2016 Literature Reading Series is Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Thank you to everyone who voted. Join our dedicated, and growing, group of readers on Tuesday evenings (6:30 pm) in April to read and discuss this fine work. RSVP for the first session now >

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of January 25, 2016

Mud Season Review Issue #16

Issue #16 is live at www.mudseasonreview.com

If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to check out Mud Season Review’s Issue #16, which was published just this past week. The issue features art by LiQin Tan, fiction by Rebecca Fishow, poetry by Luisa A. Igloria, and nonfiction by Arthur Plotnik.

Congrats to the MSR staff on yet another stellar issue. And, if you’re not on the staff but think you might like to be, you should know that MSR is looking for fiction readers! Read this invitation from JD Fox, MSR‘s co-editor of fiction, to learn more >

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Opportunities and Announcements: Week of January 19, 2016

What does it take to craft a great story?

StoryCraft logo

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 December 21, 2015

For today’s Opportunities and Announcements, I’d like to share with you the results of the 2016 BWW Member Survey. Thank you to everyone who took the time to take this survey. Your answers are helping to shape our 2016 budget, which we’ll be sharing in the new year. And your feedback and suggestions are critical to helping us continue to grow and improve.

In order to help us provide the free workshops, expert panel discussions, writing retreats, and other programming that you’re most interested in, we hope you’ll consider making a donation today. Together, we’ve raised $3,735.00 donated so farand with your help we’ll get to our $5,000 goal. Thank you again to everyone who has donated!

Here’s a recap of what you said in the survey:

As a writer, how important are each of the following to you? Please rate each of the choices below on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being not at all important and 5 being extremely important):


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