Writing

Teen Essay Contest on Multiculturalism

Posted by JainaL on Monday, Jan 6, 2014 - 12:10 PM

MulticulturalismIn order to promote awareness of our increasingly multicultural country and world among our young people, TEAM Westport is co-sponsoring, with the Westport Library, an essay contest for all students in grades 9-12 who attend Staples High School, or who reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.

The essay topic is: According to the U.S. Census, 30 years from now racial and ethnic groups that are currently in the minority in our country will collectively outnumber whites. For people aged 20 and younger, the total minority population already outnumbers whites. As a high school student in 2013-14, you and your contemporaries are part of this new reality. Please reflect on the impact this demographic trend will have on our country and on your life. In 1,000 words or less, describe what you think are the benefits and challenges of this change for Westport and for you, personally.

TEAM Westport logoApplications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site on December 1, 2013. Essays are due February 28, 2014. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on March 31, 2014. Link to application.

At the discretion of the judges, up to three monetary prizes will be awarded. 

Teen, Writing

Rick & Jonathan

Posted by on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:29 PM

Not everybody likes to read essays. Give me a book of good essays and I am so happy!  My reading pleasure these days comes from two books of literary essays by writers who are skillful, graceful, and, of course, interesting.read more


808.3872

Posted by on Friday, Jan 20, 2012 - 7:13 PM

Two new titles have been added to the Library’s collection that you need to know about if you planning to finally write that mystery that you’ve been talking about for years!read more

Writing

Heavy Rotation

Posted by MargieF on Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 - 2:56 PM

Why do people become writers?  What is the characteristic that appears to be ingrained in them?  Is it cathartic to be able to bare one's soul to the public?  Why do many writers seek solitude and often listen to music for comfort and companionship?read more

Music, Writing

"We are all copywriters now."

Posted by on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 - 11:36 AM

We cannot leave it to the copywriters anymore. In the world of tweets and twitters, we are all copywriters. I just read a very helpful and interesting  book which lays out some principles of the shrinking messages we find ... and send... everywhere these days.read more


WHO AM I?

Posted by on Saturday, Jul 2, 2011 - 11:52 AM

See if you can identity these authors. Each of them is enjoying the popularity of a newly published book.read more


How to sell a mystery

Posted by on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 8:00 AM

slugfest coverI am always amazed at how hard authors work to sell their books.  At a recent mystery conference one of the panels I attended had a “mistakes I have made” theme.  Most of the authors cited continuity or factual mistakes but one author said her biggest mistake was thinking that as a writer she would get to spend all of her time writing. She finds that she spends more of her time on promotion than anything else.

Publishers and agents provide some support, but writers are often left to their own devices.read more


The nature of the beast

Posted by on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 - 4:07 PM

The New York Times Book Review called Zeitounthe stuff of great narrative nonfiction.

Booklist magazine explains "Narrative nonfiction is the new name for what used to be called the nonfiction novel ...”

Narrative nonfiction is sometimes alternately called creative nonfiction. It is not a new literary form—some credit Daniel DeFoe with its “invention” in the 18th century—but it grew immensely in popularity in the latter half of the 20th century.read more