The Westport Library attracts plenty of writers.
And not just in the stacks, or for book talks.
It’s a wonderful place for anyone — published author, budding writer, wannabe — of any age to sit and create.
Choose your spot: the big tables in the Forum, one of the smaller community rooms, a bench on the Riverwalk.
But Jan Bassin believes our town pulses with places that can inspire words. To jump-start those muses, she’s teamed up with the library to offer a month-long community writing project.
Every day during August, Bassin — Senior Center coordinator of writing programs, and the library’s Maker-in-Residence — will host an hour-long write-in.
Every day, it will be at a different spot.
The Playhouse. Compo Beach. The Farmers’ Market. The boardwalk at National Hall. Longshore. The train station.
You name it — if it’s in Westport you’ll find Bassin, and writers of every age and ability, all month long.
Each “Write Here” (get it?) session begins with a brief introduction from a representative of that location. Bassin will provide a prompt. Writers will then free-write: prose, poetry, first-person, creative, whatever. At the end, anyone who wants to can share their creations.
“The act of writing connects us to ourselves and our community,” Bassin says. “When you write somewhere, you feel connected to that spot.”
One example: At Wakeman Town Farm, the prompt might spur one person to write about her memories of growing up on a farm. Someone else might react to the sights and smells of WTF itself. A third person might be inspired to create a poem about animals.
The project kicks off this Thursday (August 1, 12 noon, Westport Library). I’ve been known to write a few stories about “06880,” so I’ll join Jan Bassin to talk briefly about writing in Westport.
Then we’ll turn it over to you all, for your own words.
Every “Write Here” session is free. You can come to as many or as few as you want. You can read your writing aloud, or keep it private.
“Write Here” will evolve, Bassin expects. She may create a website for writers who want their words to live on (by name, or anonymously).
You might even be inspired to submit a “Write Here” story to “06880.”
You know: this blog, right here.
(For more information about “Write Here: Westport,” click here.)