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Westport Writers' Studio Invites Children, Teens To New Course

Carol Dannhauser, center, speaks at the opening of the Fairfield County Writers' Studio, as First Selectman Jim Marpe, left, looks on.
Carol Dannhauser, center, speaks at the opening of the Fairfield County Writers' Studio, as First Selectman Jim Marpe, left, looks on. Photo Credit: File photo

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio in Westport is offering a six-week course for children and teens.

Classes begin either from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 14 or 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 15.

The course will revolve around in-class writing exercises aimed at honing the specific skills of writing for children and young adults. Each week there will be a new exercise and discussion, writing and critiquing, leaving time at the end of class for individuals to read or brainstorm their own work-in-progress.

Veteran teacher and writer Nora Raleigh Baskin will lead the workshops. Her goal, she said, is “to create a safe, supportive environment for sharing your work and receiving constructive comments that move you closer to putting your heart out there in the world.”

The course is open to writers of young adult, middle grade and picture books.

Baskin is the ALA Schneider Family Book Award–winning author of “Anything But Typical.” She was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her novel, “What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows,” and has since written 13 novels for teens, including “The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah,” “The Summer Before Boys” and “Ruby on the Outside.” Her next book, “Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story” will be published in June.

The course is $235 per person. Click here to register .

The Fairfield Writers’ Studio is at 21 Charles St., Westport.

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