The May fundraising numbers are in. And they are impressive. Together, we raised a total of $7,802 in May—combining our regular sustaining member donations and one-time donations coming in as part of the May fundraiser (including Mud Season Review manuscript reviews). This is exciting, as it will allow us to continue supporting the many high-quality, accessible literary workshops, programs, events, and publications that enrich all our lives—and the larger Vermont creative community.
In fact, as we speak, your board is working hard on a workshop leader training program that will help our workshop leaders continue to grow in their roles and provide practical tools they can use to keep enhancing the workshop experience for all members. And that’s just one among many efforts to keep the BWW moving forward.
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!
Today opens our call for editors for The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016. We’re looking for 3 editors across 3 genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to play an important role in the production of a publication that represents the best writing produced by Vermont writers.
If you’re interested, please read more about the responsibilities of a Best of editor and submit your application >
We have an extraordinary opportunity this week to support a local organization that supports us. Phoenix Books is hosting a reading by the editors of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2014 on Thursday at 7 p.m. I hope you can make it. Oh, did I mention that August First is supplying free food? They are! So, see you there.
Here are the opportunities and announcements for this week. Continue reading
A few months ago, John Killacky, the Executive Director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, asked me to find members of the Burlington Writers Workshop who could write for the Flynn Center Blog in exchange for free tickets to shows. Members responded enthusiastically, because who doesn’t want to see a free show AND have a reason to create a conversation about it?
The Flynn has recently released its line-up for the Flynn Center’s 2013-2014 season. Now we need your help.
Here’s how this works: Burlington Writers Workshop members will request one of these events (send request to me at email@example.com). First-come-first-served. Anyone who signs up for an event and hasn’t attended a BWW meeting will be encouraged to do so. You gotta give feedback to your fellow writers at a meeting before you can get anything here!
So let’s say you’ve chosen to see “The Addams Family” on October 28th. You’ll write something about or inspired by “The Addams Family” at least a week (preferably two weeks) before the performance. Then you’ll send it to me. Then I’ll work with you on edits, then I’ll send it to the Flynn!
Once you’ve written that first piece, you’ll be free to pick up your tickets at the box office. And after the show, you’ll write another piece about or inspired by what you’ve seen. The link to the performance you’ve seen must be clear, of course.
This joint effort is an attempt to (1) provide BWW members with another place to showcase their work and (2) generate conversations about meaningful art and performances in our very artsy Vermont community.
So please do send me a note if you’re interested in participating! And sign up to become a member of The Burlington Writers Workshop at Meetup.com. Our workshops, events, and membership itself are free and they always will be.
Vermont Stage Company is partnering with the BWW to write stories to serve as the content for this year’s WINTER TALES. Created in 2005, WINTER TALES has become a Vermont Stage holiday tradition. It features fresh stories and songs each year aimed to lighten up the dark days of winter. For this December’s performance, Vermont Stage Company needs five uplifting, possibly funny, heartfelt stories that’ll be perfect for capturing the spirit of the season.
Your work will be featured on stage with some fine Vermont musicians. In the past, WINTER TALES has been joined by the likes of Patti Casey, Pete Sutherland, Greg Brown, Carson Robison, and Moira Smiley.
What we need from you: A short story or personal essay (in the style of a monologue, 2,500 words) that’s about winter or the holidays (religious or otherwise). The piece must be uplifting to the spirit.
I need your submissions by August 1st. Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 1st is coming up soon. Do I have time to write this?
Yes! The draft doesn’t have to be perfect. I need something by August 1st. Then I’ll talk with Cristina Alicea, the brilliant and talented Producing Artistic Director of VSC, about the best drafts. From that point, we’ll work with the selected authors on revisions to make the piece the best it can possibly be.
Will I have to read this on stage?
No. A professional actor will work with the director to make this piece come alive on stage. You’ll sit back in the audience and absorb the glory.
Who will own my piece after it’s produced by Vermont Stage Company?
You! It remains yours. If it is published in VSC literature, though, the proceeds from any sale of said literature will go to VSC.
What if I want to write about something sad?
Try it out. Send it to me and we’ll have a conversation about it. Aim for some levity, though, and your piece will be a better fit for this.
Can I read a sample of something from a previous year?
Why is the BWW doing this?
This is a wonderful opportunity to have your work featured in a popular public performance. WINTER TALES runs four nights and is viewed by 1000-1200 people every year. VSC is wicked awesome. What more reason do we need?
I’m not a member of the Burlington Writers Workshop. Can I participate?
Yes! It’s easy and free to sign up and participate in the Burlington Writers Workshop. So sign up at meetup.com to become an “official” member. Then we’ll work together!
What if you didn’t answer my question with all this information?
Please do contact me.