Westport Writers’ Workshop (WWW) has partnered with the Westport Library/WestportWRITES program to present a mini-conference on Sunday, April 30 (1 to 5 PM), on the topic of creative writing and social justice. Led by WWW’s Executive Director, Valerie Ann Leff, this event will explore the impact of finding one’s creative voice for people living with poverty, trauma, disability, homelessness, incarceration or other stresses. Valerie says, “As a local nonprofit, we’re so glad to work with the Westport Library in order to bring timely and relevant programming to the community. This day is grounded in the idea that the art of writing must be accessible to people from every background and that voices from all strata of society need to be heard.”
Special guest Aaron Zimmerman of New York Writers Coalition; WWW authors and instructors Chris Belden, Julie Sarkissian and Susan Ross; outreach workshop leaders Jenipher Sage-Robison and Linda Waterbury; advanced workshop participant Doug Moser; and outreach participants Ken Anderson and Kathie Satterfield, will all contribute to this vibrant day of conversation, readings and inspiration. Participants will also watch the short film, Tell Me Something I Can’t Forget, and play with words in affirming and non-threatening writing exercises designed to be fun and nurturing. In these days of political strife and polarization, come see what our group of writers is doing to reach out to the broader community. This mini-conference is free and open to the public.
Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT
1 Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.