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Countdown to College Camp

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Spend a week learning about the college application experience, including preparing for campus visits, interviews, and tips on writing your college essay. Also, prepare and learn tips and tricks for the ACT and SAT, as well as take practice tests. Speakers include Bobbi Crocker of Crocker College Consulting, Nancy Arseneault of C2 Education and Leona Peiffer of College Nannies & Tutors.
 Snacks will be provided. $50 materials fee.Snacks will be provided. Register online; $50 materials fee. 

Location: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East

Co-partners: Toquet Hall, C2 Education, Crocker College Consulting, College Nannies & Tutors

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

Bobbi Crocker is an independent educational consultant specializing in the college admissions selection and application process. She a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). She conducts many college visits annually and has an in-depth knowledge of the college admissions process. Bobbi worked as a Admissions Reader and member of the admissions committee for Wheaton College. She is an alumni interviewer for Bowdoin College and former chairperson for the Fairfield County Bowdoin Alumni Schools and Interviewing Committee. Prior to consulting, she worked in product marketing and new business development for over twenty years for a Fortune 500 company. Bobbi serves as a member and Co-Chairperson of the Westport Youth Commission. As a mother of two sons who have gone through the college selection process, she personally understands the challenges facing families during this time period.

Nancy Arseneault is the center director at C2 Education of Westport.

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Teen
High School, Grade 9, Grade 8
Writing
Grade10, Grade8, Grade9

Teen Writing Camp

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Learn the basics of creative writing through exploring different formats and genres, such as playwriting, graphic novels, sci fi, blogging and more. Workshops will be run by Teen Services Librarian Jaina Shaw, as well as published authors and WestportWRITES co-creators Alex Giannini and Cody Daigle-Orians. Snacks will be provided. Register online; $50 materials fee. For incoming grades 8-12

Co-sponsor & location: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East

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Teen
High School, Grade 9, Grade 8
Writing
Grade10, Grade8, Grade9

Encounter Comics!

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT BARNES AND NOBLE IN WESTPORT

Join us at the Westport Barnes & Noble for a day of comic books and creation.

Meet Eisner Award-winner Franco and Eisner-nominated artist Sara Richard and check out their new book, The Ghost, The Owl

Our MakerSpace will also be on hand for Family Maker Sunday focused on making your own comics. We'll use Lego Story Starter software to combine Legos building with comics writing to create cool digital comics! 

And as a special treat, swing by early to pick up free comic books from DC, Marvel, and others! (While supplies last.) 

Special thanks to the always amazing Aw Yeah Comics in Harrison, NY, for their support in this awesome event! 

Location & partner: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East

Franco has filled his life with all things art related! He has also worked on critically acclaimed series like SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, SUPER POWERS and the New York Times bestseller, multi Eisner award winning series TINY TITANS for DC Comics! He is the proud owner of AW YEAH COMICS publishing and retail stores featuring ACTION CAT and ADVENTURE BUGAuthor, illustrator of the popular DINO-MIKE chapter book series! Franco has worked for DARK HORSE COMICS, ARCHIE COMICS, IDW, ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT, CARTOON NETWORK as well as others.

 

 

 

Credits of Sara Ricahrd's past work are the kid’s book from Yen Press, “Kitty and Dino” which was nominated for a 2013 Eisner Award (Best Publication for Young Readers). She has been steadily working on variant covers for the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic series from IDW. She has also contributed interior art to a couple Pony tales. Other work from IDW includes covers for Jem and The Holograms and an interior story for Ghostbusters. She is the illustrator of the DC Collectables’ Justice League Tarot Card Set and has done variant covers for Marvel’s Deadpool, Dynamite’s Bob’s Burgers and Oni Press’ Rick and Morty

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All ages

Teen Essay Contest on "Appropriate Protest"

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As the nation continues its historic social shifts relating to race, ethnicity, religion and identity, young people have a great deal to absorb and consider regarding the evolving different America. In order to increase awareness, foster understanding and promote  understanding in this arena, TEAM Westport and The Westport Library are co-sponsoring the fifth annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.

The focus of this fifth essay contest is the issue of  'appropriate protest’ which has surfaced recently as a topic of significant national controversy. This year’s invitation states,  “Recently several professional athletes have “taken a knee” during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to bring attention to--and to protest—ongoing bias and discriminatory practices in American society in general and by law enforcement officers in particular.  In reaction, some people have called these athletes “unpatriotic.”  In 1,000 words or fewer, describe your understanding of what it means to be a patriot, what kinds of behavior you think would be unpatriotic, and what forms of protest against discriminatory laws, customs, or patterns of behavior you would consider legitimate."

Applications for the contest are available on the TEAM Westport website. Essays are due March 13, 2018. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 23, 2018. Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second is $750, and the third prize is $500.

Individuals or organizations who would like to participate in sponsorship of the contest are invited to contribute via the website (www.teamwestport.org) or by contacting TEAM Westport via info [at] teamwestport [dot] org. All contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Dan Woog's 06880 article on the contest.

TEAM Westportis the official Town committee focused on making Westport an increasingly welcoming, multicultural community with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.

Harold Bailey, TEAM Westport’s chair since its founding, says, “With the accelerating racial invective surrounding protest and patriotism, it is an important time for all citizens to reflect on what they genuinely believe in on both fronts. That is especially true for young people formulating views during their high school years. This year’s essay challenge provides a vehicle for reflection upon and expression of those views.”

TEAM Westport has developed a unique role by engaging the community in and drawing attention to issues surrounding multiculturalism and diversity -- making the invisible, visible. In addition to initiatives it implements directly, TEAM Westport partners with a wide range of municipal government and community institutions. Examples include conversations and lectures at the Westport Library; extensive co-programming with the Westport Country Playhouse; co-programming and diversity planning with Westport Schools; Co-programming and partnerships with Westport Police; co-programming with the Westport Historical Society; and programming with the Interfaith Clergy, the Interfaith Council and its member organizations.

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Teen, Writing

Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest on "Appropriate Protest"

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TEAM Westport logoHear from the winners of this fifth annual essay contest, hosted by TEAM Westport and the Westport Library. This essay contest is for students in grades 9-12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere. 

The focus of this fifth essay contest is the issue of 'appropriate protest’ which has surfaced recently as a topic of significant national controversy. This year’s invitation states, “Recently several professional athletes have “taken a knee” during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to bring attention to--and to protest—ongoing bias and discriminatory practices in American society in general and by law enforcement officers in particular. In reaction, some people have called these athletes “unpatriotic.” In 1,000 words or fewer, describe your understanding of what it means to be a patriot, what kinds of behavior you think would be unpatriotic, and what forms of protest against discriminatory laws, customs, or patterns of behavior you would consider legitimate."

Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site. The deadline for submission is March 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 23. Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second, $750, and the third, $500.

Dan Woog's 06880 article on the essay contest.

TEAM Westport is the official committee of the Town of Westport established to “achieve, celebrate and extend a more welcoming, multicultural community” with a focus on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.

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Teen
Teen, Writing

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, April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15 from 1-2:45 pm at the Westport Library Higgins Room. 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.

Click here to register.

This course is intended for beginning writers.

Note locations: Higgins Room (April 10 & 24 & May 1), Seminar Room (April 17) and TBD (May 8 & 15)

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.

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

Higgins Room
Seminars & Workshops

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 1-2:45 pm in the Seminar room on the following dates: Thursdays, February 1 & 15; March 1, 15 & 29; April 19; May 3 & 17. 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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Seminars & Workshops

Frankenstein Story Challenge

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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s science fiction classic, Frankenstein, WestportWRITES is challenging writers to follow in her legendary footsteps. Register online.

Participants will recreate the “challenge” laid out by Lord Byron to his guests Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley in the rainy summer of 1816: Let’s “each write a ghost story.” The Library will become the Villa Diodati, and there will be writing challenges, readings and a screening of Frankenstein to keep everyone inspired.

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Writing

WestportWRITES Workshop: Drafting

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In preparation for this year’s NaNoWriMo, WestportWRITES offers a workshop on drafting, taught by Patrick McCord from Write Yourself Free.

Patrick McCord, PhD, has developed and teaches a theory of narrative writing---novel, memoir, screenplay and dramatic writing--- based on the insights of cognitive science. The Cognitive Method emphasizes essentials of creative process and explains narrative form as a reflection of actual brain operations; in order to liberate the imagination, the consciousness needs clarity and support. "Use your mind to change your brain to change your mind." This fall, two students are publishing major releases: Alysin Camerota's novel, Amanda Wakes Up is on bookstore shelves. Lynne (aka "Liv") Constantine's thriller, The Last Mrs. Parrish is coming out in October. Also, McCord assisted revision and edited Bill Dedman's fine nonfiction NY Times bestseller Empty Mansions. Register online.

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 fall 2018 writers’ conference.

 

 

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WestportWRITES: Discovering the Feminist YA Voice with Authors Jennifer Mathieu and Micol Ostow

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Jennifer Mathieu 

Micol Ostow

YA authors Jennifer Mathieu and Micol Ostow will discuss their new works exploring feminist themes and featuring powerful female protagonists.
Matthieu’s new book Moxie follows a reluctant teenager who starts a feminist revolution at her small-town Texas high school. Ostow is the author of Mean Girls, a novelization of the hit film by Tina Fey.

The talk will be followed by a zine-making workshop.

Jennifer Mathieu is the author of Devoted, Afterward and The Truth About Alice, the winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards' Teen Choice Debut Author Award. She teaches high school English in Texas, where she lives in the Houston area with her husband and son.

Micol Ostow is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novel Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, as well as 30 Guys in 30 Days, Gettin Lucky and Crush du Jour. She lives and votes in New York City.

Jennifer Mathieu Author photo credit Pablo Gamez
 

 

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