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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 February 27, 2018. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 2, 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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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 February 27. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 2. 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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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 Suzuki Music School, 246 Post Road East. 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 location: Suzuki Music School of Westport, 246 Post Rd East, Lower Level (below Webster Bank)

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.

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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 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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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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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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Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group

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typewriterThe Fairfield County Writers Group (FC Writers) is an open community for writers of all ages and skill levels. These write-ins provide a creative atmosphere in which self-motivated writers can find dedicated time to work on their manuscripts. The write-ins are supplemented by an engaging Facebook group focused on literary productivity, questions/answers and exchanging advice to support creative endeavors. Questions? Contact Rekka Jay through http://fairfieldcountywriters.org/.

Begining in April 2018, the group will continure to meet the 3rd Saturday of every month at Panera's near the Danbury Mall, 5 Sugar Hollow Road, Danbury (link to google map for directions.) Questions? Contact Rekka Jay through http://fairfieldcountywriters.org/.

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Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group

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typewriterThe Fairfield County Writers Group (FC Writers) is an open community for writers of all ages and skill levels. These write-ins provide a creative atmosphere in which self-motivated writers can find dedicated time to work on their manuscripts. The write-ins are supplemented by an engaging Facebook group focused on literary productivity, questions/answers and exchanging advice to support creative endeavors. Questions? Contact Rekka Jay through http://fairfieldcountywriters.org/.

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Writing

Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group

Please see full event listing for date.

typewriterThe Fairfield County Writers Group (FC Writers) is an open community for writers of all ages and skill levels. These write-ins provide a creative atmosphere in which self-motivated writers can find dedicated time to work on their manuscripts. The write-ins are supplemented by an engaging Facebook group focused on literary productivity, questions/answers and exchanging advice to support creative endeavors. Questions? Contact Rekka Jay through http://fairfieldcountywriters.org/.

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