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Open Meeting of the Fairfield County Writers Group

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typewriterFairfield County Writers Group is an open writer's community for all ages and skill levels. Providing an engaging group focused on literary productivity, attendees find support in their creative endeavors.
Questions? Contact Rekka Jay at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Open Meeting of the Fairfield County Writers Group

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typewriterFairfield County Writers Group is an open writer's community for all ages and skill levels. Providing an engaging group focused on literary productivity, attendees find support in their creative endeavors.
Questions? Contact Rekka Jay at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Seminars & Workshops
Writing

Open Meeting of the Fairfield County Writers Group

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Fairfield County Writers Group is an open writer's community for all ages and skill levels, providing an engaging group focused on literary productivity, attendees find support in their creative endeavors.
Questions? Contact Rekka Jay at rekka [dot] jay [at] gmail [dot] com.

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RE-SCHEDULED TO MAY 16: Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest on Diversity

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TEAM Westport logoHear from the winnersof 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 Meeting of the Fairfield County Writers Group

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typewriterFairfield County Writers Group is an open writer's community for all ages and skill levels. Providing an engaging group focused on literary productivity, attendees find support in their creative endeavors.
Questions? Contact Charles Muir at charlesmuir [at] fcwriters [dot] com.

Weeks Seminar Room
Seminars & Workshops
Writing

Open Meeting of the Fairfield County Writers Group

Please see full event listing for date.

typewriterFairfield County Writers Group is an open writer's community for all ages and skill levels. Providing an engaging group focused on literary productivity, attendees find support in their creative endeavors.
Questions? Contact Charles Muir at charlesmuir [at] fcwriters [dot] com.

Weeks Seminar Room
Seminars & Workshops
Writing

"One-Day-Wonder" Writers' Workshop

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This workshop is designed for beginners who have dreamed of writing with a focus on memoir or personal essay, but need a gentle jumpstart to get going. Mary-Lou Weisman, author, personal essayist and memoir writer, will lead participants through a series of motivating exercises and prompts that will bring out the writer in you.

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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Advanced Writing Class

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Mary-Lou WeismanMary-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 encourage regular 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 1:30-3 pm in the Seminar room on the following dates: every other Tuesday from February 9-May 17 (2/9, 2/23, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3 & 5/17).  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: Open to both new and former 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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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, February 4-March 17 (except February 25), 1:30-3 pm in the Seminar Room. Register online; limited to 10 participants. Materials fee, $15.

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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Bestselling Author Alison McGhee on "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer"

November 1, 2015
Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee, award-winning author of picture books, books for children and adult novels, addressed the challenges and rewards of the long-distance writing life on November 1, 2015.

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