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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 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. Expect to spend about 6-10 hours writing and editing per session. 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 1:15-2:45 pm in the Seminar room on the following dates: every other Tuesday from September 6-December 13 (9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13). 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 MarySue Waterman at mwaterman [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. Priority will be given to new students.

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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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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Cancelled Today: Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group

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typewriterCancelled today. The next meeting will be Saturday, January 21.

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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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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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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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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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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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 Diversity

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TEAM Westport logoNote: Rescheduled from April 4. Hear from the winners of this essay contest, hosted by TEAM Westport and the Westport Library. For the third year, TEAM Westport is sponsoring an 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 Westport Library is co-sponsoring the contest.

Dan Woog's 06880 post on the contest.

The topic for this third essay contest is the rapidly changing public awareness, attitudes and discussion surrounding race in America. This year’s premise for entrants states, “In the past year a troubling number of highly charged and tragic incidents—from Ferguson to Charleston to Chicago—have prompted public discussions and protests on college campuses about the state of race relations in the U.S. People disagree on the nature of the problem and on the appropriate way to address divisions in our society.” Potential entrants are then invited in 1,000 words or less to “describe how you, personally, make sense of the events that have occurred.” At the discretionof the judges, prizes of $1000, $750 & $500 will be awarded to the top three essays.

Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site. Essays are due March 31, 2016. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on May 16, 2016.

At the discretion of the judges subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second is $750, and the third prize is $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. It is now in its eleventh year. 

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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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