The Burry Man Writers Center

resources for a worldwide community of writers

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The Fine Print!

The Burry Man Writers Center is not responsible for the content of pages not on this site, which are reached by clicking our links. You have a problem, take it up with them. Don't go swimming until an hour after you eat. Close cover before striking. Don't put your shoes on the table, you'll wet the bed. It wouldn't kill you to write a letter every now and then, just so we know you're okay, you know how your mother worries. - Uncle and Auntie Burry

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Jennifer Greenhill-Taylor

Born in Scotland, Jennifer is a writer and editor, award-winning journalist, former travel editor and theater and film critic.
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Joseph Reed Hayes

The work of playwright and freelance writer Joseph Hayes has been performed in two countries and across America. He writes for print and online publications worldwide.

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Kudos:

"Writer's Digest named it one of the best Websites for writers, and we agree. Working professionals and new writers from all over the world will find useful articles, books and job information." - Jade Walker, Inscriptions Magazine

"Burry Man is the single best listing of guideline sources and related information I have found on the web." - Jane Arnold, Netwriter

"Your web site is one of the most compelling I've reviewed (and part of my job is to review web sites)." - Kathleen McNamara, National Writers Union

Submissions:

The Burry Man Writers Center is not a market for fiction, poetry, scripts, memoirs, personal statements, photos, how-to's or anything else: it is a resource for writers. We don't fund work, nor can we tell you where to go for funding beyond what is offered on our pages. In order to avoid possible claims of copyright infringement, unsolicited creative material will not be read. Mail sent to The Burry Man with attachments will not be opened or reply sent. In other words, Dear Friends, please don't send us your stuff, or ask us to read it, this site takes an immense amount of time as it is. Feel free to search the resources on this site to find your own markets; that's what "Do The Work" means.

 A letter from composer and author David Amram:

"I would like to add my name in support of what The Burry Man Writers Center represents in the New Millennium. The Burry Man is a new beginning for today's authors and dreamers and the fulfillment of an old dream that many of us shared and few could realize in the last Millennium - the opportunity to communicate with others around the world during one's own lifetime.

"At 70, I can look back and remember the incredibly talented people I was blessed to be with who never could find an audience of more than one. When I first came to New York in 1955, Charles Mingus told me, when he invited me to become a member of his band, that no matter how humble the circumstances were in the places where we  played, to never be discouraged if the room was often filled with a handful of psychotics who weren't even listening.

" 'Just find one person to play for and play for them all night. I know you're also writing symphonies, like me, that nobody's paying attention to either. Just find one person and write for them. All you need is one person to write or play for your whole life.'

"With the magic of computer technology, it is now possible for just about anyone to find that one person many times over, in every country in the world.

"It seems clear that The Burry Man is using the new technology with a different idea than that of selling instant trash. It is a shining oasis as part of the global information highway, to give writers of all styles the chance to speak to one another, to find that one reader to share their thoughts with and to use the internet as a way of honing their skills and sending out their message.

"Jack Kerouac, a dear friend from 1956 until he died, was devastated that Visions of Cody never got published during his lifetime. If you weren't blessed to work and hang out with him, you would never have known he had ever even written this extraordinary work. He used to read me passages of it, not in our performances together, but in the wee hours of the morning . He would have loved The Burry Man, because he wrote to share his thoughts with the whole world. All committed writers do that, and now it is possible for us to have access to one another.

"I am still traveling the globe in concerts of all kinds, and when at home composing concert music and writing two new books. I hope my webpage might inspire younger artists of all kinds to know that you can follow your heart and pursue your dreams and never give up.

"I think The Burry Man reinforces the ideal of never giving up, being accessible yourself to others and always trying to find that one person Mingus alluded so many times over, and always trying to be that one person for others. The Burry Man is important because it has been created with purity of intent. Small is beautiful. It always has been and always will be. Having others to communicate with in this intimate way is a healing force and a refuge from the avalanche of refuse we are bombarded with in our daily lives.

"The Burry Man is a breath of fresh air that assures us we can continue to create and dwell in our own environment of creativity and continue to be brave enough to, as the Navajo Prayer of the 12th Night states, 'Walk on the Trail of Beauty'."

 

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