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Westport Library Hosting 'Writing Women’s Lives' Event

Writers Marcelle Soviero, left, and Catherine Onyemeluke will discuss memoir writing at “Writing Women’s Lives” on Friday at noon at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road.
Writers Marcelle Soviero, left, and Catherine Onyemeluke will discuss memoir writing at “Writing Women’s Lives” on Friday at noon at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Interested in writing your memoir? Join established writers Marcelle Soviero and Catherine Onyemelukwe as they share their processes and advice at “Writing Women’s Lives,” on Friday at noon noon at the Westport Public Library.

The next installment in the library’s popular series for women, “Writing Women’s Lives” will prove informative for both the novice and more experienced writer. The event is free and open to the community at large; no preregistration is needed.

Soviero is editor-in-chief of Wilton-based Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers -- the largest literary magazine for and about mothers -- and award-winning author of "An Iridescent Life: Essays on Motherhood and Stepmotherhood" (Amazon, June, 2012). She’s also the co-editor of "This is Childhood: Book and Journal" (Erielle Media, June, 2014).

Soviero edited Onyemelukwe’s memoir and reviews hundreds of women's personal essay submissions on a weekly basis.

An accomplished essayist, Soviero will dole out tips on how what separates the ordinary from more polished work. She will give specifics on getting started through journaling and writing prompts, editing and submission strategies.

Westport’s Catherine Onyemelukwe, who recently penned and published "Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad" (Peace Corps Writers/Amazon, November, 2014), will share her memoir writing journey at the event.

Onyemelukwe is an American who spent 24 years in Nigeria. Onyemelukwe joined the Peace Corps in 1962, and her life was forever changed. She met her future husband, a Nigerian named Clement, during her second year on the job and fell in love with both him and the country. She remained in Nigeria for over two decades, had three children, taught, launched a business, co-founded Nigerwives and was active in the arts.

Now living in Westport with her husband of 50 years, Onyemelukwe is still active with Peace Corps alumni groups and visits Nigeria.

A question-and-answer session and book signings will follow the memoir-writing discussion.

The Westport Library is at 20 Jesup Road. For more information on “Writing Women’s Lives,” visit www.westportlibrary.org .

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