Westport Writers' Rendezvous – February update: part 2

And here, as promised, is the second part of my February update. There was simply so much to include, that I thought I’d give you a little breathing space.

First up: the Bridgeport Library offers a free monthly memoir writing workshop, taught by Brian Hoover, who teaches at Fairfield University. The next class takes place on Saturday, March 16, from 10:30am – noon at the Main Library-Downtown in the Bridgeport History Center.
Also on March 16 from 7-9pm, there’s an Open Mic Night Meetup in Norwalk for musicians, performers and writers. If you’re interested, head to the link above.
49899427_10218720755998692_6919550376689532928_nSaturday, March 23 sees the next Fairfield County Writers monthly write-in at the Ridgefield Public Library. Hosted by Rekka Jay, Nancy Powell and Dave d’Alessio, the meeting, which begins at 1pm, gives you a chance to just sit and write, with other writers around for company, though talking is discouraged while writing.
​Following the success of When to Now,(right) the Fairfield Scribes are planning a second anthology, this time on the topic of ‘villains’ or ‘Don’t be a Hero.’ The book will be released October 1, 2019. They’re running a contest to find their feature story, and submissions are open between March 1st and May 1st, 2019.
G Coatsworth featured imageIn addition to my two Meetups, WritersMic and the Westport Writers’ Rendezvous, there are a number of others for writers in southwestern Connecticut. Among them are: Wednesday Writers, in Trumbull, POV Sticklers of New Haven, in Greater New Haven, Shut Up and Write! in New Haven, and The Poets’ Salon, in Fairfield. Check them out.
BookTrib, a website that puts together authors and readers, is based in Westport Connecticut, and is always on the lookout for good book reviewers. If you enjoy reading and reviewing, and would like to be published beyond Amazon and Goodreads, contact Jim Alkon at: jim@booktrib.com.
As well as Duotrope ($5 per month), which I’ve mentioned many times before, there are two highly-rated free websites to help you submit your work. The first is Submittable (all genres), the second, The Submission Grinder, which is for fiction and poetry. You can sign up for regular newsletters at the links above.
For those of you who already have a book published, Brian Jud, author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books,  has a company that offers commission-based sales of books to buyers in non-bookstore markets. The company will display your book in a catalog and two search engines that are used by 65,000 commissioned salespeople to sell to known buyers. For more information, contact: brianjud@bookmarketing.com.
For those of you who feel you have to get away to write – here’s the perfect solution. The Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute is running the Joe Papaleo Writing Workshop in Italy from May 24-31. Check here for info.
DlZDGzGWsAYoZkZHere’s a link to novelist Bill Ferris‘ tongue-firmly-in-cheek essay on your novel’s first 500 pages at Writer Unboxed. And you might enjoy the NY Times Book Review podcast interview with chief Random House copy editor Benjamin Dreyer about his new manual on writing, Dreyer’s English. And here’s some advice on writing essays from Sonya Huber.
And, finally,  a good place to look for more writing-relevant events is the events page of the Connecticut Center for the Book.
Keep writing!

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