Items tagged with 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 10 -October 22, 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.

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.

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.

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
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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.