For the first time in two years, I attended a Wednesday night writing workshop in downtown Burlington, Vermont. Wednesday night writing workshops are the longest running tradition at the Burlington Writers Workshop. Part of that tradition involves going out for drinks downtown after the discussion ends. I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed the lively Wednesday night conversations and the chance to socialize with BWW members over a beer (or two). Part of the fun for me, of course, was getting feedback on my latest short story. I was hoping to see this story in a new light and, as always, BWW members delivered. In the next few days, I’m going to get started on revisions. Thanks, fellow workshoppers! If you’ve got a piece of writing you need to see through someone else’s eyes, we’ve got plenty of opportunities for you. Here are this week’s opportunities and announcements. Opportunities BWW member Cynthia Close is looking for authors who can read their work at the Fletcher Free Library on Wednesday, August 9th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 26th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please get in touch if you’re interest in participating. We just added poetry workshops for the fourth Mondays in July and August. This was an oversight on our part. Please do sign up today! If you need feedback on a piece of writing, we’ve got plenty of opportunities in Burlington to get you some. Just check this page and look for these underscores (_____). This indicates there’s a space available. Announcements We’re happy to announce that Partridge Boswell and Deena Frankel have joined the BWW’s Board of Directors. Our next meeting will likely be in September. Learn more about our Board of Directors here. My story, “Hurricane Leonard,” appeared in the latest issue of Gargoyle. BWW member Kerstin Lange is currently in Germany, exploring what was once considered the “Death Strip” between East and West Germany. She plans on writing about her experience, and is currently seeking funds to complete her journey by bike. The BWW has formed a “Programming Committee” dedicated to thoughtfully planning our workshops. We’re currently finalizing details for the September-October workshops (and a few November workshops, too, since we’re trying to plan ahead for “expert-led” workshops funded by a grant from Burlington City Arts). Stay tuned for those.