As many of you know, our top administrative priority this year has been to find a fully-accessible space for the Burlington Writers Workshop. I am very happy to announce that we have done just that!
On April 1, 2016 (or sooner…stay tuned for the exact move date!), the Burlington Writers Workshop will begin holding workshops at our new address, 110 Main Street, Studio 3C.
This space offers a beautiful, light-filled atmosphere for our workshops in a building that is completely accessible to all. Its downtown location, and our new neighbor Vermont Stage, which resides in the building, keep us connected to the center of Burlington’s cultural and artistic community.
Its proximity to the Cherry Street bus stop keeps evening workshops accessible to those who rely on public transportation, and its proximity to City Hall Park and many local establishments makes it easy for members to continue the workshop conversations outdoors or in a nearby coffee shop or bar. And, thanks to the generosity of our new landlord, Dave Farrington of Brick Box Co., we will have one reserved parking spot so that our dedicated volunteers who serve as workshop leaders and/or help to keep the space open for members will no longer have to pay for parking. (We’ll have a map of available parking in the area ready for you soon!)
Best of all, this move is within budget, which leaves more funding for the programs and publications we’ve planned this year.
Getting this space has truly been a group effort. Thank you to everyone who attended the recent informational meeting on our space search and/or who offered suggested spaces to consider. Thank you to our space committee—Wendy Andersen, Cynthia Close, and Walt Mahany—for their work in locating and viewing a range of spaces for the board to consider. Thank you to our realtor, Meg McGovern of Donahue & Associates. And thank you to all of our board members for their careful deliberation of the available options.
Finally, to everyone who has expressed their concern about this issue, and has stuck with us during this time of transition, I would like to take a moment to personally thank you. Your understanding and patience has been very much appreciated, while your concern has also helped to prioritize this issue and ensure that everyone has access to our workshops.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you into the new space soon. Stay tuned for details on an upcoming open house celebration!