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Verso University Presents: Permission to Write Your Story

Thu, July 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

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There are three things aspiring and established writers need and crave: time, space and the permission to write.

Class will meet on Thursdays, 2-3:30 pm, May 30-June 27. There will be no class on June 6. 

During this four-session workshop we give ourselves the permission to write and the gift of time to do it. In the nurturing space of the workshop, we begin or continue to write the stories we live every day. Using our histories, our memories, and our senses as launching pads, we will begin to transform the ordinariness of our lives into extraordinary fiction and nonfiction.

This workshop is for those who want to write but don’t yet believe they have anything to say, as well as for those who know what they want to say but need the time and space and permission to do it. Through tailored writing prompts, you will be given the guidance to write the stories you are destined to write. You will test strategies that will help sustain your writing practice over time.

You will also be given the 21-day challenge to keep you writing.

Note: Class size is limited. There is a registration fee of $25, and registration is for all sessions. The Westport Library wants to ensure that all interested students are able to participate in Verso University courses. If the registration fee is a barrier to entry for you, please contact [email protected].

Instructor: Patricia Dunn

T.M. Dunn is the author of three novels, Her Father's Daughter (Crooked Lane, July 2023), Last Stop On The 6 (Bordighera Press, 2021,) and Rebels By Accident (2014). She is the co-events coordinator for Sisters in Crime, CT. She served as senior director of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, where she holds an MFA in creative writing, and she currently coaches aspiring and established writers and teaches creative writing workshops.

Dunn is a co-founder of Key to the Castle Workshop in Cetera, Italy. She's also the co-host of The Westport Library's podcast, Go Ahead, Write Something. She's written numerous articles and essays for various publications.

She lives in Stamford, Connecticut, where she's currently working on her next novel, with her rescue puppy Blanqui snuggled at my side.


Verso University is the Library’s lifelong learning and education initiative, serving up year-round offerings of classes, workshops, and lectures designed to further education and learning. Offerings run the gamut of educational opportunities, ranging from one-time lectures to ongoing courses to classes that meet weekly or perhaps monthly.

Verso University programs are made possible by the generous support of the Nancy J. Beard Lifelong Learning and Education Fund.

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Thu, July 25
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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