Lately a group of BWW members have been reading Ulysses by James Joyce together. Patrick Brownson leads the group, which counts 13 regular attendees plus a waitlist, meaning it’s one of the most popular things we’re offering this summer. As you can see, our workshop space is occupied by quite a few happy readers, one of whom owns a selfie stick. This reading group is full, but you can still participate in other workshops, if you’d like. We’ve got plenty. We’ve also got four free writing retreats planned this year. Check out this week’s opportunities and announcements. Opportunities The lottery for our free writing retreats is still open, and you can find out more about them and put your name in the hat here. Lauren Bender, editor in chief of Mud Season Review, says she’ll be reaching out soon to those who applied to work on the journal. Thanks to everyone who applied. If you’re interested in serving on the MSR staff, let us know by filling out this application. It’s not a paid position; the goal here is to give you a chance to experience what it’s like to edit a print/online literary journal, which is an experience usually reserved for people affiliated with a university. We’re still looking for a keeper of the Burlington Writers Workshop space. The perks include: you get a key and can use it whenever you want, provided you follow the rules (no alcohol, no sleeping there overnight, clean up after yourself). The role involves some upkeep of the space and prompt reporting of any issues to Danielle Thierry. Let us know if you’re interested. The programming committee (me, Danielle Thierry, and Karin Ames) will be meeting on Wednesday, July 12th to figure out what workshops we should be offering in September/October. If you’ve got an idea and are willing to lend a hand, please let us know. Announcements We’re happy to announce that Partridge Boswell and Deena Frankel will be joining the board this Saturday, July 8th, at a brief meeting held by teleconference. Welcome, Partridge and Deena! A note about parking: The landlord is changing the company that doles out tickets in the BWW parking lot, which means that, if you get a ticket, you won’t be able to get out of it if you were caught without the pass. We have one parking pass allotted to the BWW and this pass is usually reserved for workshop leaders and folks keeping the space open. If you have questions about the pass, please let me know. Also, we know that the outside door at the space has been broken for several weeks. The landlord is working on it. But please, do not prop open the outside doors if you’re waiting for people to come to the workshop. This is the kind of thing that folks interested in building security frown upon, so don’t do it. Instead, post a note on the door with your phone number, and have late attendees call you.