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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Writers’ Workshop Changes Hands, to Become Nonprofit

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Valerie Leff: new owner, executive director. Contributed photo

The Westport Writers’ Workshop (WWW), an independent creative writing center founded in 2004 to provide quality instruction in creative writing craft, announced today an ownership change and said it will apply for nonprofit status.

Founder Jessica Bram said Valerie Leff, a Weston novelist and WWW faculty member, has assumed ownership of the business and will be its executive director spearheading its nonprofit 501(c)3 application to the Internal Revenue Service.

“I could not be more thrilled to pass the torch to Valerie Leff, who has the passion as well as the expertise to take the Westport Writers’ Workshop to this new level,” said Bram.

“I have desired for some time now for WWW to join the ranks of other thriving nonprofit independent creative writing centers across the country, such as Grub Street in Boston, The Loft in Minnesota, and the Muse Writers’ Center in Bethesda.

“A dedicated writer herself, Valerie Leff brings in critical expertise and experience in the nonprofit arena.”

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Manhattan, Leff was co-founder and co-director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She currently teaches fiction writing at WWW and has led workshops for The Lighthouse Literary Workshop in Denver and the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Leff’s novel, “Better Homes and Husbands, which was called “A sharply perceptive, highly entertaining, shrewdly compassionate book” by the Los Angeles Times and “an Austenian novel of manners ... ” by The Village Voice, was published by St. Martin’s Press and optioned by NBC-Universal.

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Congratulations to Jessica for creating this organization with its expert workshops and to Valerie for taking on the new role of nonprofit leader. My pen is raised to a brilliant future.

Posted by Catherine Onyemelukwe on November 02, 2013 at 01:17 PM | #