WINTER CLASSES BEGIN JAN 2014

WORKSHOP SERIES
C211 WINTER Early and Middle Grade Fiction
8 Fridays, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
P111 WINTER Workshop in Poetry
6 Thursdays, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
F101 WINTER Introduction to Fiction and Nonfiction (Level 1)
6 Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
F102 WINTER Advanced Beginning and Intermediate Fiction (Level 2)
8 Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
F301 WINTER Intermediate and Advanced Fiction (Levels 2 & 3)
8 Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
F411 WINTER Master Class: Crafting the Novel (Level 4) FILLED
8 Tuesdays, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
M101 WINTER Writing About Your Life (Level 1)
8 Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
M111 WINTER Writing About Your Life: Memoir/Personal Essay (Level 2 and 3)
8 Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
M411 WINTER The Examined Life: Personal Essay (Level 4)
8 Thursdays, 1:30 to 4:00 pm
F511 WINTER Writing the Mystery Novel
8 Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.

As Long As I Remember by Dede Fitch

The following blog post was written by one of our longtime writers Dede Fitch as an essay in The Examined Life.  We’re reposting it here in full.

I was sitting in St. Timothy’s on a weekday morning late in May, trying to remember a name that started with P. I had memorized 20 names—the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School children who had died in December—but that morning I could only think of 19. (more…)

Life Lessons Essay Contest

realsimple typewriterRealSimple.com invites you to enter their 6th Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest, for a chance to be published on the site and win $3000.  Contest deadline September 19, 2013.

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Maybe, in the course of your life, you’ve had an Erin Brockovich moment: say, the time you stood up to a bully in second grade, or the day you ended a long-standing friendship that had turned toxic. Or maybe your acts of courage have been less dramatic but no less powerful: moving  to a new country. Daring to fall in love a second time around. Leaving a settled career to embark on a risky new venture. Whatever your story, share it with us.

Did you see WWW Writer Christina Frei on News 4 New York this morning?

Christina read at WWW's Open Mic Night in August 2012.

Christina read at WWW’s Open Mic Night last August.

Several months ago WWW writer Christina Frei read from her manuscript about  our Open Mic Night.   We all expected big things, and sure enough, we happened to catch her this morning on TV.

Here she was this morning on News 4 New York today, Independence Day, talking about her recent nonfiction book Five Rockstars of the American Revolution.  Watch Christina Frei on NBC.

Upcoming Writing Events Around Town


Ridgefield Writers’ Conference
Still time to apply to this packed day of workshops and panels.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Ridgefield, CT  06879
203.894.1908

Share great reads: Books, Ink founder Sally Allen will be leading a Book Club talk at Westport’s Barnes & Noble on

Wednesday July 10 at 7 p.m.
1076 Post Rd E.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 221-7955

Polishing Perfect

This recent post by Seth Godin seemed written for us.  Substitute the words “written work” for “project;” and “reader” for “customer.”   Does this apply to you?

Perfect doesn’t mean flawless. Perfect means it does exactly what I need it to do. A vacation can be perfect even if the nuts on the plane weren’t warmed before serving.

Any project that’s held up in revisions and meetings and general fear-based polishing is the victim of a crime. It’s a crime because you’re stealing that perfect work from a customer who will benefit from it. You’re holding back the good stuff from the people who need it, afraid of what the people who don’t will say.

Stop polishing and ship instead. Polished perfect isn’t better than perfect, it’s merely shinier. And late.

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Seth Godin is a best-selling business author and guru whose blog we follow for its hard-hitting wisdom on entrepreneurship, running a business and a lot more.

News of Our Writers: Aline Weiller Featured in Two Publications

Aline WeillerCongratulations to Westport Writers’ Workshop’s very own Aline Weiller for her two published essays on HamletHub and Brain, Child Magazine.    Her essay in HamletHub Toothless Wonder highlights an endearing episode from her college days with classmate Sally.  Got boys?  What its like to only have sons paints a colorful picture of the travails of being the only woman in the house.

Join Us This Saturday: Writing the Memoir Cookbook

Rita Papazian1Pass down memories as well as recipes!  Join us this Saturday June 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Rita Papazian’s delicious Writing the Memoir Cookbook workshop.

Too often, family recipes become lost over time, simply because people don’t ask for them from parents, grandparents, or other family members.  Like memories, these recipes, special for their taste or the memories they evoke, become lost forever.  Such treasures need to be passed along from relative-to-relative, friend-to-friend and generation-to-generation.

Register now.

Claire Bien Published in Yale’s Perch Magazine

Reading at an Open Mic Night

Claire reading at an Open Mic Night

We are delighted to celebrate Westport Writers’ Workshop writer Claire Bien’s publication If You Start To Get Scared, Stop Listening in Yale’s literary arts magazine, The Perch.  Congratulations, Claire! (more…)

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WHAT OUR WRITERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE WESTPORT WRITERS' WORKSHOP

"We covered a lot of material in a four hour workshop. I went home right away and used some of the tips. Seeing an immediate improvement in sentence structure it left me wanting more!"

- Morgaine Pauker

"Not every wonderful writer is a wonderful teacher, but Sandy Barron excels at both crafts. She teaches fiction writing with compassion and insight, offering the novice and experienced writers countless opportunities to hone their skills. Not only does Sandy pack each two hour class with her wonderful teaching, she also follows up with class emails loaded with  reading suggestions, poetry and other helpful tidbits.  All in all a gifted teacher!"

- Christine Pakkala

"Marcelle's 'Get Published Now' workshop was absolutely fabulous and well worth both the time and money.  She gave clear directions, and walked us through how to research and pitch to editor whichsaved me hours of time trying to figure out where to go to have my essays published. I left feeling motivated more than ever to get my work out there."

- Diane Weller

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