Dear Writers, We are winding down an extraordinarily exciting, stressful, and inspiring year here at Westport Writers’ Workshop. We’ve connected with so many new writers now that we are remote, and are able to offer even more workshops now that we’re not limited to our three classrooms. Along with supporting our writers through our classes […]
We’re excited to launch this new blog on our site as a forum to share our writers’ work, introduce our instructors, and share our thoughts on the writing process. This week, I’m thinking about Toni Morrison again since watching the moving documentary about her life as a writer, “The Pieces I Am.” Have you watched it yet? As usual, Toni’s words and novel excerpts caused both inspiration and envy. As the writer Crystal Wilkinson wrote, “Toni Morrison makes me want to both write forever and never write again. And it’s always been this way.” Read more...
My writing space is pretty dismal. Oh, it’s a nice enough room, as rooms go, but it’s glacial in winter and blistering in summer. It’s in an older apartment building so there’s little insulation. But there are windows so there is light, but not much in late fall and winter. If you’re a morning person […]
If you’ve never read Rebecca or haven’t read it lately, you may want to read it for pure pleasure and as a study in the portrayals of a main character the reader never sees except through the eyes of others. Penned by English author Daphne du Maurier and published in 1938, Rebecca was a bestseller […]
“When Nothing Is Lost: Novel Writing and Henry James” If you want to deepen your storytelling, consider this advice from author and essayist Henry James: Be a writer on whom nothing is lost. In the essay “The Art of Fiction,” James advises, “Write from experience, and experience only …”. He then adds, “Try to be […]
Ever since the Hurricane struck Connecticut, I find myself observing how everything could be way worse and everything could be way better. Without power there is nobody to call and whine with, but… Fortunately, now there are plenty of hours in the day. Unfortunately, the days are long. Fortunately, we have a dependable house to […]