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Second Winter Write-In Retreat March 11 in Burlington
Writers at work during the first winter 2018 write-in retreat.
Building off the momentum of the first write-in, we’re hosting a second retreat on Sunday, March 11 at the BWW space. There are still a few spots available, so feel free to sign up and join your fellow writers for a day of quiet writing in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. RSVP now >
BWW open mic March 12 at the Light Club Lamp Shop
12 Winooski Ave in downtown Burlington
Our next open mic night is coming up on Monday, March 12 at 7 pm. We’ll be joining the Lit Club at the Lamp Shop for an evening of poetry, song, and stories. Even if you’re not scheduled to perform, come out to support your fellow BWW members and stick around to sign up for the first-come, first-served portion of the open mic evening to follow our scheduled performers. See the line up and RSVP now >
March Podcast Literary Conversation & Workshop will focus on the longform interview
Saturday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. in Burlington
What creative nonfiction writing techniques make a news story so compelling you can’t forget it? How do good writers use these techniques? How is this relevant to how you read and learn about the world? How is this relevant to your own writing practice? We’ll explore these questions and more by listening to podcasts featuring Rachel and Kaadzi Ghansah, reading the longform journalism discussed in the podcasts, and critically analyzing the writing on our own, then come together for discussion.
The first edition of this new workshop was a highly stimulating conversation about the literature, #MeToo, and identity. Civil discourse and thoughtful reflection on writing just don’t get any better. Come join the conversation.
RSVP now >
BWW member and workshop facilitator offers poetry as spirituality course
Lizzy Fox, performing her poetry at a 2013 Burlington Writers Workshop reading
BWW member and recent guest workshop facilitator Lizzy Fox is offering Poetry as Spiritual Practice begins March 13 and meets online for 12 Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30pm EST. You can learn more about the course at www.lizzyfoxpoetry.com, and the registration page is open with sliding-scale tuition fees.
About the facilitator:
Lizzy Fox is a poet and educator with an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught writing and performance in partnership with the Vermont Arts Council, Flynn Arts, The New England Young Writers Conference, VSA Vermont, and countless schools. Lizzy is a recipient of the Laura J. Spooner Prize and the Corrine Eastman Davis Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of Vermont. Her poems have appeared in journals, anthologies, and art displays. You can reach her directly here.
Mud Season Review issue #36 launches
Congratulations to the staff of Mud Season Review on the launch of issue #36. This issue features the art of Hun Kyu Kim, fiction of Jillian Merrifield, nonfiction of Lynne Feeley, and poetry of Robert Rothman.
Updates from the board
At the February board meeting, longtime BWW member Michael Freed-Thall was voted onto the board to fill the vacant seat. Welcome, Michael! Minutes from the meeting will be available soon.
The next board meeting is scheduled for March 15. Members are always welcome.
Flynn Center blog
Burlington Writers Workshop members regularly blog for the Flynn.
Read Cynthia Close’s preview for The Second City Touring Company’s Look Both Ways Before Talking >
Read Joyce Gallimore’s review of Pilobolus’ Shadowland >
Congrats & thanks
Congrats to Andrea Chesman, whose short story, “A Girl Walks into a Bar,” is now available online at Green Mountains Review. The story, which was workshopped at the Middlebury chapter of BWW, was a finalist in the 2017 Neil Shephard fiction contest.
Thanks to Barbie Alsop, Wendy Andersen, and Riki Moss for serving as BWW hosts for this past weekend’s workshops.
Thanks to Karin Ames, Wendy Andersen, Kristabeth Atwood, Melinda Bachand, Partridge Boswell, Patrick Brownson, Rosa Castellano, Terry Cleveland, Seth Melvin Cronin, Eva Gumprecht, Stephen Kastner, Natasha Mieszkowski, Riki Moss, Rita Munro, Rebecca Starks, and Danielle Thierry for hosting BWW workshops in February. And thank you to our February guest workshop facilitators, Joni B. Cole and Baron Wormser.
Thanks to Josh McDonald, Natasha Mieszkowski, and Janet Schneider for hosting open hours at the BWW space in February.
Thanks to Rose Eggert and Terry Cleveland for another month of managing the BWW’s finances.
Thanks to Mindy Wong for another month of managing the BWW space and open hours.