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WestportWRITES: NaNoWriMo Write-Out

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It’s been 30 days of writing, but you’re almost there! Close out National Novel Writing Month and celebrate the completion of your first draft! Register online.
 

This is a part of WestportWRITES, a comprehensive new library program designed to guide writers through all stages of publishing. Look for more WestportWRITES programming throughout the year!

 


WestportWRITES: Fanfiction Workshop

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Using familiar characters, create a new world as you write a story together. We could have Dorothy and Toto pilot the Millennium Falcon, have Harry Potter go to prom with Katniss Everdeen or even have Spongebob run for president. The possibilities are endless. Bring in a favorite book with your favorite character and create something new.

  • Day one:Character, location, and plot
  • Day two: Plot, dialogue, and illustration
  • Day three: Illustration and powerpoint presentation of story

For Grades 3-5: Location: Higgins Room
For Grades 6-12: Location: Teen Area, Great Hall
Limited to 8 in each age group;  registration required. Be sure that you register for the appropriate age group. 

WestportWRITES is a comprehensive program designed to offer year-long support and to guide writers through all stages of writing and publishing.

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Overnight Write-In

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Be inspired by Patricia Dunn, and then stay the night to get a jumpstart on your novel. If you're not big on not sleeping, stop by for however long you'd like! 

Patricia Dunn,
 author of the critically acclaimed novel Rebels by Accident, gives the keynote address at 11 pm. Come just for the talk or stay and join a special overnight write-in/lock-in for the first night of NaNoWriMo at the Library. This is a part of WestportWRITES. The Westport Library is proud to be your NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Headquarters.

There will be plenty of quiet places to work as well as a coffee stand to keep you caffeinated and writing through the night. Registration required. REGISTER NOW!

Community partner: Fairfield County Writers' Studio

The NaNoWriMo Overnight Write-In is a part of WestportWRITES, a comprehensive new library program designed to guide writers through all stages of publishing. Look for more WestportWRITES programming throughout the year.

Patricia Dunn is the author of Rebels by Accident and her writing has appeared in Salon.com, Christian Science Monitor, Village Voice, The Nation, LA Weekly and others. 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.


WestportWRITES: Scrivener Writing Software 101—Part II

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WestportWRITES is a comprehensive new program designed to guide writers through all stages of publishing and to offer year-long support of National Novel Writing Month entries. The first class in this series is a two-part introduction (9/26 & 9/28) to Scrivener Writing Software, taught by author Chris Friden. Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. 

In a varied creative career, telling a good story has always been the thing for Chris Friden. While attending the University of California, Berkeley, Chris co-edited the Pelican Lampoon. Upon graduation, he directed television commercials and both developed and co-hosted a national, sports television show for which he won an Emmy Award. He later founded A Good Seed Production and served as Senior Creative Director on large-scale corporate productions. Chris now lives in Connecticut where he works as a creative consultant while writing children’s books; developing television and film concepts; and publishing games through his company Rubbing Hands. The Student Code is the working title for his debut YA manuscript. Chris also teaches at the Fairfield County Writers' Studio in Westport, CT.

Community partner: Fairfield County Writers' Studio

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WestportWRITES: Scrivener Writing Software 101—Part I

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WestportWRITES is a comprehensive new program designed to guide writers through all stages of publishing and to offer year-long support of National Novel Writing Month entries. The first class in this series is a two-part introduction (9/26 & 9/28) to Scrivener Writing Software, taught by author Chris Friden. Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. 

In a varied creative career, telling a good story has always been the thing for Chris Friden. While attending the University of California, Berkeley, Chris co-edited the Pelican Lampoon. Upon graduation, he directed television commercials and both developed and co-hosted a national, sports television show for which he won an Emmy Award. He later founded A Good Seed Production and served as Senior Creative Director on large-scale corporate productions. Chris now lives in Connecticut where he works as a creative consultant while writing children’s books; developing television and film concepts; and publishing games through his company Rubbing Hands. The Student Code is the working title for his debut YA manuscript. Chris also teaches at the Fairfield County Writers' Studio in Westport, CT.

Community partner: Fairfield County Writers' Studio

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WestportWRITES: Planning Your Novel

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WestportWRITES is a comprehensive new program designed to guide writers through all stages of publishing and to offer year-long support of National Novel Writing Month entries. Get ready to write your novel this November with this introductory presentation by author Stephanie Lehmann. She will go through her 8-step novel planning course and highlight the tools you need to start writing your novel.

Stephanie Lehmann received her BA at U.C. Berkeley and an MA in English from New York University. She has taught novel writing at Mediabistro and online at Salon.com, where her essays have been published, and she also teaches at the Fairfield County Writers' Studio in Westport, CT. She currently lives in New York City. Astor Place Vintage is her fifth novel. More...

Community partner: Fairfield County Writers' Studio


WestportWRITES: "One-Day-Wonder" Writers' Workshop

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mary-lou weisman This workshop is designed for aspiring and lapsed writers of memoir and personal essay who need a jolt of inspiration. Writers of fiction will benefit as well. Mary-Lou Weisman, author, personal essayist and memoir writer will lead participants through an interactive series of motivating exercises, such as how to identify your perfect subject, write a compelling lead, capture your best ideas, insist upon energetic verbs and sensuous adjectives, invent realistic dialog, and avoid boring the reader.

Register online; $15 fee includes refreshments. Limit: 30 participants. 

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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Writing Scripts for Television

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typerwriterJoin writer GiGi New for a two-part workshop that offers a fresh and informative perspective in how to create a strong script for today’s television landscape.

The first session (Thursday, 7/28 from 6:30-8:30 pm) will incorporate the “how to” of script formatting as well as essential story elements needed for crafting an engaging television series. The second session (Thursday, 8/25 from 6:30-8:30 pm) will discuss pitching your ideas for an original television show and the merits of the premise and characters. Register online for the series of two workshops. For adults.

gigi newGiGi New is a film and television writer. A finalist for The Disney Fellowship, she began her career as an assistant on "Everybody Loves Raymond" and moved on to writing for the award winning Nickelodeon family series "The Brothers Garcia" and on the FOX series "The Ortegas." GiGi recently wrote and developed an original TV show, "Start Me Up," for Matthew Broderick. Currently she has an original TV show in development with an Oscar Award-winning producer.
 

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Teen Fanfiction Club

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Don't like the way a certain book or movie ended? Write your own ending! Fanfiction is a great way to play with another author's characters and add your own spin. Whether you're into Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Pokemon or whatever, fanfiction is a fun and creative way to write and express yourself. Share your writing, read other's stories and get feedback. Bring anything you've been working on, or just bring yourself and a pen.

Location: Teen section of the Great Hall; For incoming grades 6-9. Register online. Note: This is a writing club, not a workshop; a chance for you to read and share in a casual, supportive environment.

Even if you can't make this first meeting, register to become part of our online community. Contact Jaina Shaw with any questions: jshaw [at] westportlibrary [dot] org

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Grade 9, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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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, September 8-October 13, 1:15-2:45 pm in the Seminar Room. Register online; limited to 10 participants. Materials fee, $15. Note: 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 and is open to those who have not taken this course previously.

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.

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