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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: every other Tuesday, October 3, 17 & 31; November 14 & 28; December 12 & 19 (Note: this last class is only one week apart). To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample. 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 two memoirs (Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); and a bestselling humor book (My Middle-aged Baby Book.) 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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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 at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest on "White Privilege"

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TEAM Westport logoHear from the winners of this 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 topic is, “White privilege” which surfaced during the recent presidential election. In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term “white privilege.” To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life—whatever your racial or ethnic identity—and in our society more broadly? 

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 3. “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.

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: A Writer’s Inspirations

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Patricia Dunn, author of the young adult novel Rebels by Accident, discusses how the Muslim-American experience inspires and influences her writing.

Community partners: Fairfield County Writers' Studio and TEAM Westport

Patricia Dunn's writing has appeared in Salon.com, Christian Science Monitor, Village Voice, The Nation, LA Weekly, Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and others. She is a convert to Muslim and was was the managing editor of the online Muslim magazine Muslimwakeup.com. With an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she also teaches. The Bronx-raised rebel and former resident of Cairo is now settled in Connecticut, with her husband, teenage son, and toddler dog. Patricia also teaches at the Fairfield County Writers' Studio in Westport, CT.

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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 at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

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CANCELLED: Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group

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typewriterCANCELLED for today.

The 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 at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

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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 at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

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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 at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Writing

WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class

Please see full event listing for date.

 

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: every other Tuesday from January 10-April 18 (1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/24, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4 & 4/18.) To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample. 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 two memoirs (Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); and a bestselling humor book (My Middle-aged Baby Book.) 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 Thursdays, January 12-February 16 from 1:15-2:45 pm in the Seminar 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.

Note: This course is intended for beginning writers.

Weisman has written two memoirs (Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); and a bestselling humor book (My Middle-aged Baby Book.) 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.

Weeks Seminar Room
Seminars & Workshops