Opening Day

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The view from the couch.

Our new space is officially open!

A team of volunteers will keep the lights on/doors unlocked at the Burlington Writers Workshop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with Friday hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the month of January, we’ll be closed on weekends, but in February we will consider opening on weekends, too.

We’ve got a couch (it reclines!), a mini-fridge stocked with water and soda, and some tables. We’ll be adding another table and more chairs to accommodate 15-person workshops. We have Internet access and we’ll have password-protected wireless access in a couple of days. We’ve also got coffee, tea, and some Girl Scout cookies, because, why not?

You’ll also note that we have an enormous bookshelf, which features a local author section, a spot for literary journals, and lots of general interest stuff. This is a lending library based on the honor system. Keep whatever you borrow for two or three weeks, then bring it back for someone else to enjoy.

A few walls are bare, and we’ll be looking to put up member art. Interested in showing off your visual art? Contact me.

Our address at Studio 266 is 266 South Champlain Street. A note on the location: if you are on Pine Street, look for the signs pointing to Studio 266. We’re right next to Burlington Segways. Another way to find us: look for the Rhino sticking out of Conant Metal and Light. Across the street there’s an Akido building. Behind the Akido building is a parking lot, and that parking lot is in front of Studio 266. Still unsure? Here’s a map.

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ReSource is what Recycle North is now called. I guess I’ve been in Burlington awhile.

An update on funding: Automatic monthly contributions total more than $300, which covers slightly more than half of the rent. You can give now, or wait until we become a nonprofit (details on that coming very soon), but either way, your contribution supports this space.

Thanks to everyone who has chipped in—whether financially or with stuff—to help this center become what it is. The whole Vermont writing community thanks you. If you have questions about how to use the space, or suggestions on events we could hold there, please do contact me.

About Peter Biello

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered on New Hampshire Public Radio and a writer of short stories, novels, book reviews, and essays. He's also the host of The Bookshelf, a series of interviews with authors from or writing about the Granite State.
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4 Responses to Opening Day

  1. Phayvanh Luekhamhan says:

    Congrats!

  2. I’ve often wished I lived in Vermont. Now I have yet one more reason! Your place looks super-inviting. 🙂

  3. Spencer says:

    If only half of us (!) pledge $5 per month there would be enough for rent plus money for other projects we’d like to see. How many people spend more than that a week on coffee??
    Spencer

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