Photos of the Burnside Writers Collective at FFW

26 Apr

front, right: Jordan Green, Editor in Chief.

middle row, left to right:  Kim Gottschild, managing editor; Diane Nienhuis contributer (and personal website)

back row, left to right: Stephanie Nikolopoulos, visual arts editor; Larry Shallenberger, contributor (and personal website)

left to right: Larry Shallenberger, contributor; Kim Gottschild, managing editor; me.


Left to right: Me, Diane Nienhuis contributer;  and Larry Shallenberger, contributer


I had such a fun time hanging out with the Burnside Writers Collective at the Festival of Faith & Writing!  Some of them I hadn’t seen in years, some I saw at the last Festival, some I saw when they last came through New York, and some I met only for the first time at the Festival even though I’d been working with them for years. Allof them are amazingly talented writers with huge hearts and are loads of fun.

While I was “working the booth” (fancy speak for chatting with all the cool writers and editors that stopped by our table at the Festival of Faith & Writing), I talked with a lot of people who were intrigued by the concept of a collective.  Burnside Writers Collective is not just a website.  We’re not just individual writers posting articles.  We’re a collective.  A team.  Our work is collaborative, both in the sense that there are a lot of people dedicated to behind-the-scenes work to make it possible for the website to exist and exist well, and in the sense that all of our individual work and varied opinions adds up to something bigger than just ourselves.  We’re also a community.  Writers, editors, and readers share with each other, get to know each other, meet each other.

Writing is such a solitary endeavor.  It suits many of us because we’re introverted.  Almost everyone I spoke to claimed to be an introvert, meaning we get our energy from alone time rather than in the public.  It does not mean that everyone is shy, though.  A festival full of introverts is still boisterous, is still loud, is still frenetic.  Maybe it’s because we’ve finally lifted our faces from our books, and our eyes are no longer glazed over from the glare of a computer screen.  We’ve emerged to find kindred spirits in other writers–and it feels good!  Since so many of us spend our days and nights writing, alone, we are oftentimes looking for community.  That’s what makes Burnside Writers Collective so attractive.  The people who write for and read Burnside tend to come back again and again, to stick around and join the conversation, to share their dissenting opinions, their encouragement, their feelings.  That said, we’re always looking for new writers!  As the visual arts editor, I’m looking for people who can write about arts trends, review new exhibits at galleries, interview artists, and share their art.  Email me at snikolop {@} if you’re interested.

I miss the Burnsiders already….  Looking forward to seeing you all at the next Festival of Faith & Writing!


Here’s Larry’s “Brain Dump” on FFW.


Note: This article was edited to include names of people and Larry’s Brain Dump post.


10 Responses to “Photos of the Burnside Writers Collective at FFW”

  1. middletree April 26, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Can you name names? I don’t recognize all people in those pics.
    Great pics, though.

  2. middletree April 26, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Great pics, who’s who in each one?

    –James W

    • middletree April 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      Sorry for the double comment. Looked like my first one didn’t take.

  3. Diane Nienhuis April 26, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Considering that we’re wearing our name tags, it’s probably okay to divulge our names (and make links to our sites). 🙂

    • Stephanie Nikolopoulos April 26, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Haha, that’s what I was thinking — with the links to the websites too! (yay promotion) — but I didn’t want to jump the gun and divulge information people didn’t want distributed.

  4. Penny Carothers April 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Awwwww!!!!! MIss you all.


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