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 Thursdays every other week, 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216 on the following dates: September 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2, 16 & 30.

To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample of your writing. 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@westportlibrary.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.

Information on the Introductory Workshop.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); 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.

Resources for Writers

Creative Writing

Self-Publishing

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 Thursdays every other week, 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216 on the following dates: September 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2, 16 & 30.

To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample of your writing. 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@westportlibrary.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.

Information on the Introductory Workshop.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); 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.

Resources for Writers

Creative Writing

Self-Publishing

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 Thursdays every other week, 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216 on the following dates: September 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2, 16 & 30.

To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample of your writing. 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@westportlibrary.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.

Information on the Introductory Workshop.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); 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.

Resources for Writers

Creative Writing

Self-Publishing

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 Thursdays every other week, 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216 on the following dates: September 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2, 16 & 30.

To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample of your writing. 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@westportlibrary.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.

Information on the Introductory Workshop.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); 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.

Resources for Writers

Creative Writing

Self-Publishing

"Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds offers an immersive, riveting look at one Bagogwe man’s singular journey from war in Congo to safety, in which good and evil are relative when war offers no good choices to anyone, when safety is an illusion, and when forgiveness is fraught." Jessica Goudeau 

Hear about life as a refugee from Mondiant Dogon, a Bagogwe Tutsi born in Congo, when he talks with the Reverend John Morehouse.

Rarely do refugees get to tell their own stories. But through his writing, Mondiant took control of his own story and spoke up for forever refugees everywhere. As he once wrote in a poem, “Those we throw away are diamonds.”

Community Partners: CT Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Westport/Weston Interfaith Clergy, UN Association of Southwest CT, Westport/Weston Interfaith Council, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

Please register to watch the event at home or in the Trefz Forum. This event will be in-person. Signed copies of Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds will be available for pre-order and at the event. 

Mondiant Nshimiyimana Dogon is a Congolese author, human rights activist, and refugee ambassador. Born in 1992 in to a Congolese Tutsi family in Bagogwe tribe in North Kivu province, he was forced to leave his home village, Bikenke, at the age of three because of the Rwandan genocide against Tutsis that spilled over into Congo. He has lived in refugee camps since 1996.  In 2017, was able to leave Rwanda to attend New York University.

Rev. Dr. John Morehouse serves as Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church in Westport. Throughout his long career he has been an avid social activist, working with Interfaith organizations in Maryland and California on issues that impact under resourced communities. In Los Angeles, he worked with migrant communities protesting air pollution downwind from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Since coming to Westport, his congregation has partnered with CIRI and other communities supporting immigrant and refugee populations, including setting up apartment for newly arriving refugees. He is active in anti-racism work in Westport and Bridgeport.

"Mondiant Dogon takes us on a journey through a heartrending window into the lives of the humans that live in Congo, Rwanda and Gihembe. Besides the heartbreaking accounts in the story, Mondiant also gives us the positive and human stories that do exist in his story, his families and his fellow refugees. This book should be read world-wide to counter the rhetoric of refugees as nothing but helpless, unable to do anything for their lives. This book shows otherwise.”—Abdi Nor Iftin, author of Call Me American

"This incandescent book will transform you. Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds offers an immersive, riveting look at one Bagogwe man’s singular journey from war in Congo to safety, in which good and evil are relative when war offers no good choices to anyone, when safety is an illusion, and when forgiveness is fraught. It is an uncompromising study in colonial powers as the root cause of rising displacement after centuries of redrawing boundaries, fomenting ethnic crises, and robbing regions of natural resources. But even as it offers high-level, international context, the book remains focused on the people whose lives are destroyed by war and policies, by disinterest and pity. Mondiant Dogon writes the stories of his community with such candor, compassion, and love that they can never be erased. I know I will never forget them.”—Jessica Goudeau, author of After the Last Border

Own Voices

Migrant and Refugee Support

 

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 Thursdays every other week, 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216 on the following dates: September 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2, 16 & 30.

To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample of your writing. 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@westportlibrary.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.

Information on the Introductory Workshop.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); 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.

Resources for Writers

Creative Writing

Self-Publishing

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 Mondays, September 20-October 25 from 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216.

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.

This course is intended for beginning writers. If you are interested in her Advanced Writing Workshop, click here.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, 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.

Resources for Writers

Self-Publishing

Biography and Memoirs

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 Thursdays every other week, 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216 on the following dates: September 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2, 16 & 30.

To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample of your writing. 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@westportlibrary.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.

Information on the Introductory Workshop.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); 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.

Resources for Writers

Creative Writing

Self-Publishing

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 Mondays, September 20-October 25 from 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216.

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.

This course is intended for beginning writers. If you are interested in her Advanced Writing Workshop, click here.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, 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.

Resources for Writers

Self-Publishing

Biography and Memoirs

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 Mondays, September 20-October 25 from 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216.

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.

This course is intended for beginning writers. If you are interested in her Advanced Writing Workshop, click here.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, 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.

Resources for Writers

Self-Publishing

Biography and Memoirs

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 Thursdays every other week, 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216 on the following dates: September 23, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2, 16 & 30.

To be sure that you are ready for this advanced eight-week course, Mary-Lou will review a sample of your writing. 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@westportlibrary.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.

Information on the Introductory Workshop.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, Intensive Care and Traveling While Married); a biography (Al Jaffee's Mad Life); 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.

Resources for Writers

Creative Writing

Self-Publishing

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 Mondays, September 20-October 25 from 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 216.

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.

This course is intended for beginning writers. If you are interested in her Advanced Writing Workshop, click here.

Resources for writers.

Weisman has written three memoirs (Playing House in Provence, 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.

Resources for Writers

Self-Publishing

Biography and Memoirs
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880
203.291.4800

Library Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 9PM
9AM – 6PM
9AM – 5PM
1PM-5PM

Café Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM – 5:30PM
9AM - 4:30PM
1PM - 4:30PM

Subscribe to our eNews

© 2020 The Westport Library  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
A SQUARE SQUARED WEBSITE
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram