A Writer's Life in Fairfield County, CT

There’s a well kept secret in Fairfield County. It’s a Writers’ Café, a once-a-month gathering where writers get together to escape their desks, and get new ideas about writing, publishing, workshops etc. The Café is open to anyone interested in writing, and is free. It was started at the Westport Arts Center earlier this year, but members come all the adjoining towns and from as far as Stamford and Ridgefield. Last Wednesday saw the latest of these meetings, when 15 enthusiastic writers came to share, learn and connect at Ina Chadwick’s house. The meeting started with Bragging Rights, where writers brag about their recent progress, and pay a dollar to do it. There was so much bragging that the Cafe made $18 (at $1 per brag, that’s a lot of progress being made by people…)
Here are some of the other meeting highlights, with links you may find useful if you’d like more information:
Our writing contest (open to everyone) with the Center for Contemporary Printmaking has had its deadline extended to October 10 at midnight due to Hurricane Irene, and because of some apparent confusion about the subject. The prompt is Déjà vu. Have you been here before? Do you wish you’d been here before? Did you only dream this? Did the dream come true? We’re looking for personal memoirs. You may use Jack Boul’s art to inspire you, but you needn’t use his subjects. Here’s the link for submissions:
Alex McNab has snared Robert Ellis (author of the Lena Gamble police thrillers) as a guest blogger for the October issue of the Fairfield Writer’s blog: fairfieldwriter.wordpress.com/
One of our writers, Penny Pearlman, will be teaching a class at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center: Secrets of Successful Interviewing for Writers. http://www.writerscenter.org/, and is helping to organize an authors luncheon with Danny Meyer (Shake Shack etc) to raise money for the Leukemia Society on Nov 2. www.lls.org/ct/starwrite
Ivy Eisenberg was a runner up in a contest for America’s Funniest Humor. Personally, I think she should have won – here’s the link so you can judge for yourself:

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