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Write Here: Westport — A Community Placemaking and Writing Project

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Writing teacher and Westport’s own Jan Bassin joins the Library in August as Maker-in-Residence for a community writing project that will turn all of Westport into a laboratory for writing.

Write Here: Westport is a community placemaking and writing project that will take place throughout the month of August. Each day, a different spot in the community will host a one-hour write-in, led by Bassin. The events are designed for writers of all ages and all levels of writing experience, and they celebrate all of the defining places that make Westport unique.

Each Write Here: Westport event will begin with a special, brief introduction to the day’s location, followed by a quick free-write using that location as our writing prompt. Each event will culminate with an opportunity to share and listen to others’ responses. Attend all of the events. Or just attend a few. All Write Here: Westport events are designed to be inclusive and fun.

The month kicks off on Thursday, August 1 at 12 p.m. in the Westport Library’s Forum space led by Bassin and special guest writer, Dan Woog. Throughout the month, Write Here: Westport will hold write-ins in destinations within the transformed Library.

 

WRITE HERE: WESTPORT Calendar of Events

If you are unable to attend any of the write-ins at their scheduled time, you are encouraged to visit any of the parfticipating places at any point in the month to write and share as part of "Write Here: Westport"

You can also upload your Write Here work onto our dedicated blog for the duration of the program: https://westportwrites.writeas.org. Just create a user name and a password (no email neccessary), and start writing! 

 

Thursday, August 1st -- Kickoff with 06880’s Dan Woog!

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
 

Friday, August 2nd
The Riverwalk Green at the Westport Library
2:0 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
 

Saturday, August 3rd
Weekend Free Choice Write-In
Select your own favorite place to write!

Sunday, August 4th
Weekend Free Choice Write-In
Select your own favorite place to write!

Monday, August 5th
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Westport Town Hall with Jim Marpe, First Selectman
110 Myrtle Ave
https://www.westportct.gov/about/town-hall

Tuesday, August 6th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Westport Train Station with Michaela MacColl, Historical Fiction Author, Westport Historical Society Board Member
(Meet inside Donut Crazy)
1 Ferry Lane/1 Railroad Place
http://as0.mta.info/mnr/stations/station_detail.cfm?key=238

Wednesday, August 7th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Westport Center for Senior Activities with Susan Pfister, Director
21 Imperial Avenue
https://www.westportct.gov/government/departments-a-z/human-services/center-for-senior-activities

Thursday, August 8th
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Westport Weston Family YMCA with Brian Marazzi, Membership Engagement Director
and Bobbi Williams, COO
14 Allen Raymond Lane
https://westporty.org/

Friday, August 9th
The Children’s Library at The Westport Library
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Westport Library
 

Saturday, August 10th
9:30 am – 10:30 am
National Hall Boardwalk Courtyard with Robert Mitchell, Westport Historical Society Board Member and local tour guide
(adjacent to Bartaco – meet at the courtyard tables at Bartaco)
20 Wilton Road

Sunday, August 11th
Weekend Free Choice Write-In
Select your own favorite place to write!

Monday, August 12th
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm.
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts with Carleigh Welsh, Director of Marketing
and Development
40 Jesup Road
https://levittpavilion.com/

Tuesday, August 13th
The Café and Deck at The Westport Library
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Westport Library
 

Wednesday, August 14th
Weekday Free Choice Write-In
Select your own favorite place to write!

Thursday, August 15th
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Westport Police Station with Anthony Prezioso, Administrative Lieutenant
50 Jesup Road
https://www.westportct.gov/government/departments-a-z/police-department/contact-us

Friday, August 16th
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Westport Fire Department HQ with Nick Marsan, Lieutenant and President, IAFF Local 1081
515 Post Road East
https://www.westportct.gov/government/departments-a-z/fire-department

Saturday, August 17th
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Toquet Hall Teen Center with Kevin Godburn, Youth Services Program Director
58 Post Rd East (2nd Floor)
https://www.toquethall.org/

Sunday, August 18th
Weekend Free Choice Write-In
Select your own favorite place to write!

Monday, August 19th
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Wakeman Town Farm with Christy Colasurdo, Events and Program Director, Tim’s Kitchen
134 Cross Highway
https://www.wakemantownfarm.org/

Tuesday, August 20th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Westport Parks and Recreation with Jennifer Fava, Director
(Meet at the Ned Dimes Marina Clubhouse --
Timed temporary parking pass available at Compo Beach gate)
60 Compo Beach Road
https://www.westportct.gov

Wednesday, August 21st
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Westport Historical Society with Nicole Carpenter, Director of Programs and Education
25 Avery Place
https://westporthistory.org/

Thursday, August 22nd
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Westport Farmers’ Market with Lori Cochran-Dougall, Executive Director
50 Imperial Avenue
https://www.westportfarmersmarket.com/

Friday, August 23rd
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Westport Country Playhouse with Patricia Blaufuss, Public Relations Manager
25 Powers Court
https://www.westportplayhouse.org/

Saturday, August 24th
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Compo Beach with Carmen Roda, Site Manager, Compo Beach
(Meet at the Red Pavilion next to Joey’s By The Shore –
Timed temporary parking pass available at Compo Beach gate)
60 Compo Beach Road
https://www.westportct.gov

Sunday, August 25th
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Longshore Club Park
(Meet at the Pavilion at Longshore next to the pool –
Parking available in Parking Lot F)
260 Compo Road South
https://www.westportct.gov

Monday, August 26th
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Earthplace with Veronica Swain, Associate Director of Nature Programming
10 Woodside Lane
http://earthplace.org/

Tuesday, August 27th
The Grand Staircase of the Westport Library
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 

Wednesday, August 28th
7:00pm --8:00pm
The Westport Observatory with Shannon Calvert, President, Westport Astronomical Society
(Directly behind the Westport/Weston Health District Bldg. Meet in the classroom)
182 Bayberry Lane
https://www.was-ct.org/

Thursday, August 29th
Weekday Free Choice Write-In
Select your own favorite place to write!

Friday, August 30th
12 noon – 1:00 pm – Closing Write-In Celebration
The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road

 

Dan Woog's 06880 on "Exciting New Project Is “Write Here” In Westport"

 

Jan Bassin is a writing teacher, consultant and program designer in the literary arts, who believes that the act of writing has transformative power. Committed to social sustainability, she focuses on community building, placemaking and forging intergenerational connections through writing. Jan is the founder and director of The Writer’s Workshop at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, where she serves as Coordinator of Writing Programs.

 
What is Placemaking? 
 
Placemaking “inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking . . . . shows people just how powerful their collective vision can be. It helps them to re-imagine everyday spaces . . . .”  -- Project for Public Spaces
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Seminars & Workshops
All ages
Writing

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.

Room 215
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 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.

Room 214
Seminars & Workshops

Open Meeting of the Fairfield County Writers Group

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typewriter Join the Fairfield County Writers Group for a focused three-hour productive writing session where participants can gather and feed off of each other's energy to work on individual projects.

The FCWG is comprised of authors from across the spectrum of career paths, some are just starting out while others have published and self-published completed works. We know that everyone has to start somewhere and welcome anyone who is serious about working on their writing. There is no cost for attending our writing sessions nor are there dues for membership.

Please come prepared to work quietly on your project. WiFi and power outlets available.

Questions? Contact Rekka Jay at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

Room 216 (McCall Room)
Seminars & Workshops
Writing

Open Meeting of the Fairfield County Writers Group

Please see full event listing for date.

typewriter Join the Fairfield County Writers Group for a focused three-hour productive writing session where participants can gather and feed off of each other's energy to work on individual projects.

The FCWG is comprised of authors from across the spectrum of career paths, some are just starting out while others have published and self-published completed works. We know that everyone has to start somewhere and welcome anyone who is serious about working on their writing. There is no cost for attending our writing sessions nor are there dues for membership.

Please come prepared to work quietly on your project. WiFi and power outlets available.

Questions? Contact Rekka Jay at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

Room 216 (McCall Room)
Seminars & Workshops
Writing

Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest

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Hear from the winners of this sixth annual essay contest, hosted by TEAM Westport and the Westport Library. 

Population studies show that America is fast moving toward a “minority majority” nation and, according to studies by the US Census Bureau, Americans identifying as “white” only will be in the minority by 2042. Since 2014, the majority of students in the U.S. are part of the formerly minority ‘of color’ segment.

More than demographic statistics, these trends have significant social impact on daily life because even while the population diversifies there have been accelerating annual levels of racial, religious, ethnic and identity bias incidents nationwide. This complexity makes it increasingly more difficult for young people to absorb and consider a differently evolving America.

In order to facilitate clarity, awareness and understanding in this area the TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest asks students to explore the concept of micro-aggressions towards marginalized groups. The contest is co-sponsored by TEAM Westport and The Westport Library 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.

This year’s essay challenge states:
As defined by Derald Wing Sue, micro-aggressions are "the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults—whether intentional or unintentional—that communicate hostile derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their membership in marginalized groups." For example. an African-American is told. "When I look at you. I don't see color." An Asian-American—born and raised in this country—is told, "You speak very good English." A person of color accepted at an Ivy League school is told." You must be grateful for affirmative action."

In 1000 words or fewer, describe your experiences witnessing, delivering, and/or receiving Micro-Aggressions focused on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, and describe the likely impact that such statements have upon the recipients. Consider steps that you believe organizations, schools, and/or individuals could take to greatly reduce or eliminate such behavior. In particular, what can students do to address incidents of Micro-Aggressions when they occur—whether as initiator, recipient or witness?

Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport website. Essays are due February 28, 2019. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, on April 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm. 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.

Saugatuck Congregational Church
Teen
High School, Grade 9
Teen, Writing

TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest

Please see full event listing for date.

Population studies show that America is fast moving toward a “minority majority” nation and, according to studies by the US Census Bureau, Americans identifying as “white” only will be in the minority by 2042. Since 2014, the majority of students in the U.S. are part of the formerly minority ‘of color’ segment.

More than demographic statistics, these trends have significant social impact on daily life because even while the population diversifies there have been accelerating annual levels of racial, religious, ethnic and identity bias incidents nationwide. This complexity makes it increasingly more difficult for young people to absorb and consider a differently evolving America.

In order to facilitate clarity, awareness and understanding in this area the TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest asks students to explore the concept of micro-aggressions towards marginalized groups. The contest is co-sponsored by TEAM Westport and The Westport Library 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.

This year’s essay challenge states:
As defined by Derald Wing Sue, micro-aggressions are "the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults—whether intentional or unintentional—that communicate hostile derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their membership in marginalized groups." For example. an African-American is told. "When I look at you. I don't see color." An Asian-American—born and raised in this country—is told, "You speak very good English." A person of color accepted at an Ivy League school is told." You must be grateful for affirmative action."

In 1000 words or fewer, describe your experiences witnessing, delivering, and/or receiving Micro-Aggressions focused on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, and describe the likely impact that such statements have upon the recipients. Consider steps that you believe organizations, schools, and/or individuals could take to greatly reduce or eliminate such behavior. In particular, what can students do to address incidents of Micro-Aggressions when they occur—whether as initiator, recipient or witness?

Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport website. Essays are due February 28, 2019. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, on April 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm. 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.

Other
Teen
High School, Grade 9
Teen, Writing

Wearable Books Exhibit (Full-Length), Saugatuck StoryFest 2018

October 15, 2018
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Enjoy this full-length (14 mins) video of the Wearable Book Exhibit. It was a part of a three-day celebration of writing that combined a town-wide multidisciplinary literary festival with a craft-focused, workshop-based writers conference that occurred October 12-14, 2018.


Wearable Books Exhibit Trailer, Saugatuck StoryFest 2018

October 16, 2018
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This Wearable Book Exhibit was a part of a three-day celebration of writing that combined a town-wide multidisciplinary literary festival with a craft-focused, workshop-based writers conference that occurred October 12-14, 2018.


Saugatuck StoryFest 2018

October 15, 2018
See video

The inaugural Saugatuck StoryFest was a three-day celebration of writing that combines a town-wide multidisciplinary literary festival with a craft-focused, workshop-based writers conference that occurred October 12-14, 2018.