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WestportWRITES: Introductory Memoir Writing Workshop

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Mary-Lou Weisman

Are you a  beginning writer who wants to improve your craft? Mary-Lou Weisman, bestselling author, personal essayist and memoir writer, offers a six-session workshop that includes instruction, writing exercises, collaboration and development of your own work. The six sessions will be Tuesdays, September 17 -October 29, except October 8 from 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 214. Register online; limited to 10 participants. Materials fee, $15. Note: Participants must have computers and be able to send and receive emails and print out documents. Because there is usually a waiting list, acceptance is contingent on your intention to attend all classes.

This course is intended for beginning writers.

If you are interested in her Advanced Writing Workshop, click here.

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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WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class

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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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WestportWRITES: Author Jon Chattman and "Moving Foreword"

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM TAKES PLACE AT AW YEAH COMICS IN HARRISON, NY. DIRECTIONS HERE.

This month, WestportWRITES teams up with Aw Yeah Comics in Harrison, NY, for a special evening welcoming author Jon Chattman.

He'll be signing Moving Foreword, a collection of forewords to books that don't actually exist! Jon will then be joined by New York Times writer and editor George Gene Gustines for a conversation about the book, the publishing industry, and the state of comics. 

Join us for a fun discussion, a signing, and some refreshments!

WestportWRITES is a robust, year-long series designed to take your writing to the next level. Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a writers’ conference.

Jon Chattman has jokingly told Tom Cruise to stop hitting on his wife, enjoyed a Reuben sandwich with Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and somehow ignited Snoop Dogg to sing Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore.” Those are just some highlights in this writer/author, marketing expert, online entertainment host, talent buyer, blogger, and man-of-many-hats’s career. Chattman, who is currently chief creative officer and president of Moving Forward Consulting, has an extensive background in the entertainment field, specializing in interviewing and writing about those in the music, film, and television worlds.

He has covered various red carpets—from the Academy Awards to the Indie Spirits to the Tony Awards—and interviewed an eclectic mix of celebrities, including Courtney Love, Alice Cooper, Javier Bardem, Aaron Sorkin, Hulk Hogan, and Tracy Morgan. In August 2011, he launched an online music and entertainment series, A-Sides, which featured established and on-the-rise musicians performing a song or two and taking part in an informal conversation afterwards. It debuted on thisisasides.com and has appeared on the Huffington Post, Inked magazine, and USAtoday.com.

Chattman has authored many pop culture, sports, and wrestling centric books, including How the Red Sox Explain New England (Triumph Books, 2013), Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story (Triumph, 2012), and Sweet Stache (Adams Media, 2009.) He resides in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Alison, and three young children. His hobbies include binge watching Netflix shows, going to the movies, Star Wars, the beach, listening to Bon Iver and pre–Everything Now Arcade Fire, and he is trying desperately to sever his phone from his hand.  
 
George Gene Gustines is a senior editor at The New York Times. He began writing about the comic book industry in 2002.

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WestportWRITES Mini-Conference: Query Letter Writing Workshop

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT TOQUET HALL

Whether you’re drafting your first novel or you’ve revised and polished your memoir to perfection, you’ll need a dynamite query letter to land the agent and publisher of your dreams. In this hands-on workshop with literary agent Cynthia Manson and editor Caitlin Alexander, you’ll learn the steps to writing an irresistible query letter, the best ways to query agents, how to read between the lines of rejection letters, and much more.

Registration and fee required: PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Location: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East

WestportWRITES is a robust, year-long series designed to take your writing to the next level. Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a writers’ conference.

Cynthia Manson is a well-known and respected literary agent who represents a number of bestselling authors in a variety of genres. She graduated from Scripps College for Women in Claremont, CA. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing including Sterling Lord Literary Agency, Putnam, Bertelsmann, Scientific American, and Advertising Age Magazine. She is well connected to the Hollywood community and has brokered numerous deals in the book to film and television market.

Caitlin Alexander has been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as a freelance editor and can be found at editedbycaitlin.com.

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WestportWRITES Mini-Conference: Writing Short Stories and Getting Them Published

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This month, WestportWRITES welcomes the Fairfield Scribes for a panel conversation and workshop focused on the craft of writing short stories and getting those short stories published.

Six writers from the Fairfield Scribes (Edward Ahern, Gabi Coatsworth, Elizabeth Chatsworth, Alison McBain, Robert Tomaino and Peter Keeler) will open the day with a panel conversation about the craft of writing short stories. Then, after a break, the writers will lead an interactive workshop focused on how to submit your existing short stories for publication.

The Fairfield Scribes are a group of writers and editors based in Fairfield County. Their time-travelling anthology, “When To Now,” was one of the books featured at the 2018 Saugatuck StoryFest.

WestportWRITES is a robust, year-long series designed to take your writing to the next level. Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a writers’ conference.

Edward Ahern sometimes detours into literary fiction and poetry, but he’s best known as an innovative genre writer. He’s tucked away several awards and honorable mentions for seventy-seven short stories and three books. The stories have appeared in ten countries and, counting reprints, a hundred fifty-nine publications. His stories can be listened to through Audible and the New York Public Library. And he started writing fiction at sixty-seven.
 
His editorial skills are based on a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and extensive experience at the Providence Journal. Ed’s been honing the skills for several years at Bewildering Stories, where he serves on the review board and as review editor with a staff of five. (Bewildering Stories is widely known for the author-friendly quality of its critiques.)
 
Ed also serves as the newsletter editor for the Connecticut River Salmon Association. He’s a member of several writing groups, including the Fairfield Scribes, where he’s known for his tough-love comments.
 
He has his original wife, but advises that after fifty years together they are both out of warranty. Two children and five grandchildren serve as affection focus and money drain.
 
His work career after university has been an enjoyably demented hopscotch game. U.S. Navy officer (diver and bomb disarmer); reporter for the Providence Journal; intelligence officer living in Germany and Japan; international sales and marketing executive at a Canadian paper company (twenty- three years, seventy four countries visited, MBA from NYU); same job for the company that also owns the New England Patriots; and retirement into writing like hell to make up for lost time.

My name is Gabi Coatsworth, and I’m an award-winning writer who loves to support my fellow writers and storytellers. My work has been published in a new anthology: Then to Now, A Time Travel Anthology, in Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Lifeand in many print and online journals.

I’m currently looking to publish my memoir, and writing a novel in the women’s fiction genre.

I run two Meetups for writers in Connecticut, WritersMic, an open mic evening, and the Westport Writers’ Rendezvous, a monthly get-together.

The Write Connexionis dedicated to anything useful I find for writers, some of it local, and some of it of more general interest. I interview writers, give you useful links for writers’ info around the web, and generally help you connect with anything which will help you write more, better or at all!

Elizabeth Chatsworth is a British author and actor (SAG-AFTRA) based in Connecticut. She creates voice-overs for commercials, videos, and computer games. If there's an elf, a witch, or an aristocrat in a video game, it might be her!
 
Writing is Elizabeth’s passion. Her award-winning alternate history novel THE BRASS QUEEN became a 2018 RWA® Golden Heart® finalist in the Mainstream Fiction category. Elizabeth is represented by Natalie Grazian of Martin Literary Management. A Pitch Wars alumna, she’s a member of the RWA (PRO), the Women’s National Book Association, and the Authors Guild.

Elizabeth’s hobbies include archery, kung fu, horseback riding, cosplay, video games, and baking. She possesses the world’s best scone recipe. Contact her, and she may just send it to you!

For more information, and to be the first to receive exclusive news and giveaways, please visit www.elizabethchatsworth.com.

Born in the far-off days of the Second Millennium, P.C. Keeler spends his days writing detailed instructions for very dim but precise silicon brains to follow and finds it a relaxing change of pace to write more conversationally for charming, handsome, intellectual readers like you. He enjoys past, present, and future, preferably all at once. Steampunk and Ren Faires work well for this.

Currently residing in the wilds of Fairfield County, Connecticut, he grew up in New Hampshire and as such has never quite gotten used to sales tax. His first published work was a short poem printed by a local newspaper at the tender age of six. Him, that is. The newspaper was considerably more well-established. He has continued writing since, most recently appearing in Diabolical Plots with "Do Not Question The University."

When not writing code at the day job, writing fiction after hours, or visiting Ren Faires in a vacuum-tube-bedecked top hat, P.C. can be found trying frantically to catch up on sleep. He is pondering a trip into Mad Science simply so as to be able to build a device to slow the rotation of the planet and create the 28-hour day for this purpose. Donations welcome.

Diversity is one of Alison McBain's passions. With dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, a Japanese-American mother and a B.A. in African history and classical literature, she has an eclectic background and a wide range of experience. She grew up in California and moved to the East Coast in her mid-twenties, finally settling in Connecticut to raise her three daughters.
 
She started her writing career at age four with a "self-published" horror story about the monster in the closet. The story was highly lauded by her closest family members. Since then, she's received a number of writing awards and accolades from people not even vaguely related to her, but she still has a soft spot for that first short story.
 
Her interest in diversity also extends to fiction. With nearly a hundred short publications to her name, her stories and poems range in tone from serious to silly. They cover nearly every genre, including literary, romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, history and adventure. Her debut fantasy novel The Rose Queen, a YA retelling of beauty and the beast, was published in July 2018. She was also the lead editor of When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology, published in October 2018.
 
When not writing fiction, she follows her own personal mantra of, "Do something creative every day." She serves as the Book Reviews Editor at the magazine Bewildering Stories, and conducts author and artist interviews on her website, www.alisonmcbain.com/. She pens a weekly web comic about parenting called "Toddler Times." And when life gets a little too hectic, she does origami meditation or draws all over the walls of her house with the enthusiastic help of her kids.

Robert Tomaino is writer, editor and consultant. For more than seventeen years, he has provided editorial support, guidance and strategic consultation to medical nonprofits, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Robert has extensive experience writing about rare disorders for both patients and physicians. At one time, Robert oversaw the development and expansion of the National Organization for Rare Disorder’s Rare Disease Database. Robert also understands the unique needs of patients in the rare disease community and works to foster better communication and understanding between these diverse groups and the industry representatives who work with them. Robert has served as a Managing Editor for the National Organization for Rare Disorders and RareShare.org.
 
He was an assistant editor for the textbook, The Complete Directory for People with Rare Disorders, 1998-1999, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Robert has edited news stories, feature news stories, physician reports, patient narratives, medical reports, brochures, pamphlets, presentations, medication inserts and more. He has provided developmental critiques for several fiction novels and numerous medical reports, brochures and textbooks that have gone on to be published.
 
When he breaks away from deciphering medical jargon, Robert writes fiction, from the fantastical to the urbane. The occasional poem may worm its way onto a blank canvas as well. Robert is also a fully ordained online minister who has officiated three weddings, including one in Zimbabwe. He spends time regaling his niece and nephew with stories of his youth before pumping them full of ice cream and shipping them back to their parents. 

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WestportWRITES Mini-Conference: How to Get Published

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Kick off the New Year with WestportWRITES! Join literary agent Cynthia Manson and editor Caitlin Alexander for an in-depth look on how to get your work published.

Whether you’re knee-deep in revisions or your New Year’s resolution is to start writing your first book, the process of getting published can seem daunting.

In this interactive discussion, an experienced literary agent and a veteran editor will demystify the process and tell you what you really need to know in order to break into today’s marketplace.

We’ll discuss how to find the right agent for your work (and when you don’t need one), what publishers are looking for, the many different publishing options available, what you can start doing now to build your platform as a writer, and more.

Cynthia Manson is a well-known and respected literary agent with a successful list of published authors. She graduated from Scripps College for Women with a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts. She also attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course and two years later joined the Sterling Lord Literary Agency. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing, including for Putnam, Bertelsmann, Scientific American and Advertising Age magazine.

Caitlin Alexander has been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as a freelance editor and can be found at editedbycaitlin.com.

WestportWRITES is a robust, year-long series designed to take your writing to the next level. Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a writers’ conference.

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WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class

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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 12:45-2:30 pm at the Suzuki Music School on the following dates: Thursdays every other week, February 7 &21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16. 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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WestportWRITES Mini-Conference: The Art and Tech of Podcasting

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With our first year under our belt and the innaugural Saugatuck StoryFest in the rearview, the new year of WestportWRITES is ready to rock! We start with a mini-conference focusing on narrative podcasting. Register online.

Location: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East

What does it take to create a podcast and make it stand out in a very crowded field? Join Maker in Residence Anthony Desiato (documentary filmmaker and host of the My Comic Shop History podcast) for "Behind the Mic: The Art and Tech of Podcasting."

Anthony will break down a quartet of key components for a successful podcast: style, hardware, delivery, and marketing. Anthony will guide participants as they develop their show ideas and record demos using actual podcast equipment. Your journey behind the mic begins here!

Anthony Desiato is a lifelong Superman fan, former comic shop employee, attorney, documentary filmmaker, and podcast host. While attending law school, Anthony fulfilled a long-held ambition by turning the camera on Alternate Realities, the New York comic book shop where he worked for more than a decade.

The result, My Comic Shop DocumentARy, screened at film festivals across the country and garnered press in multiple media outlets, including The New York Times. Anthony followed up his debut with the award-winning short By Spoon! The Jay Meisel Story and the feature-length Wacky Man: The Rise of a Puppeteer. He recently conducted a successful Kickstarter campaign for his fourth documentary, 2018's My Comic Shop Country.

As a podcaster, Anthony hosts the shows My Comic Shop History and Flat Squirrel Tales: Beyond My Comic Shop, both of which are available on iTunes.

WestportWRITES is a robust, year-long series designed to take your writing to the next level. Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a writers’ conference.

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WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class

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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 12:45-2:30 pm at the Suzuki Music School on the following dates: Thursdays every other week, October 4-January 10. 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.

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

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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WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

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Mary-Lou Weisman

Are you a  beginning writer who wants to improve your craft? Mary-Lou Weisman, bestselling author, personal essayist and memoir writer, offers a six-session workshop that includes instruction, writing exercises, collaboration and development of your own work. The six sessions will be Tuesdays, October 2-30 (except October 9) and November 13 from 12:45-2:30 pm at the Suzuki Music School. Register online; limited to 10 participants. Materials fee, $15. Note: Participants must have computers and be able to send and receive emails and print out documents. Because there is usually a waiting list, acceptance is contingent on your intention to attend all classes.

Location: Suzuki Music School of Westport, 246 Post Rd East

This course is intended for beginning writers.

If you are interested in her Advanced Writing Workshop, click here.

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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