WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class

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Repeats every 2 weeks until Thu Dec 26 2019 .
Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Mary-Lou Weisman Mary-Lou Weisman, bestselling author, personal essayist and memoir writer, offers an eight-session workshop for those who have had some 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. 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 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 214 on the following dates: Thursdays every other week, September 12 & 26; October 10 & 24; November 7 & 21; December 12 & 26. To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample of your writing. Please email about 500 words, no more than a two page, double-spaced sample of your memoir or personal essay writing to Jennifer Keller at jkeller [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.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); a bestselling humor book (My Middle-aged Baby Book.); and her newest Playing House in Provence. 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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