WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class

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Repeats every 2 weeks until Tue Dec 13 2016 except Tue Nov 29 2016. Also includes Tue Dec 06 2016.
Tuesday, Sep 6, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM


Mary-Lou Weisman Mary-Lou Weisman, bestselling author, personal essayist and memoir writer, offers an eight-session workshop for those who have experience in writing memoir and personal essay. The class is not a beginners' class. The goal is to foster a habit of writing, to briefly review the elements of good style and to help writers become their own best editors. Expect to spend about 6-10 hours writing and editing per session. Students will email their work to all class members at least two days before the next class so that they can edit their classmates' work. Those edits, plus Mary-Lou's, will be the main business of each class. 

The eight sessions will be 1:15-2:45 pm in the Seminar room on the following dates: every other Tuesday from September 6-December 13 (9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13). To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample. Please email about 500 words, no more than a two page, double-spaced sample of your memoir or personal essay writing to MarySue Waterman at mwaterman [at] westportlibrary [dot] orgIt may take a week or so to review submissions. Class size is limited to 10. Fee, $15. Registration link will be sent after the review of your sample. Note: Because there is usually a waiting list, acceptance is contingent on your intention to attend all classes. Priority will be given to new students.

If you are interested in her Introductory Non-Fiction Writing workshop, click here.

Weisman has written two memoirs (Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); and a bestselling humor book (My Middle-aged Baby Book.) As an adjunct professor, she has taught writing, both memoir and personal essay, at The New School, New York University, Manhattanville College, and at both Westport and Norwalk Continuing Education programs.

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