The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio is a creative community committed to the Art, Craft and Business of writing.
We help emerging and established writers grow their stories and their careers with support, workshops and master classes led by faculty whose work has received national acclaim.
We offer small classes and one-on-one editing, as well as free events and resources, in a positive, pro-active, professional – and fun – environment. Come visit us by the train station at 21 Charles St. in Westport, Conn.Explore Our Classes
We are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Onusko, an amazing poet and teacher, has joined the faculty at the Fairfield County Writers' Studio. Elizabeth's debut collection, Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor, received the 2015 Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize and was published by Red Paint Hill in 2016. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Witness, Best New Poets 2015, Bennington Review, Fugue, Poetry Northwest, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. She has co-founded two magazines, Guernica and Foundry, and currently edits the latter. She has taught creative and critical writing to a wide range of students. Elizabeth holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah … [Read More...]
Join our very own Victoria Sherrow on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, as she leads you through a mini version of her awesome workshops.Victoria is the award-winning author of more than 100 fiction, non-fiction and picture books for children and teens, published by Harper, Macmillan, Scholastic, National Geographic, Golden Books, Henry Holt, and others. Victoria’s books have received starred reviews and numerous awards, including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Best Books for the Teenage, American Association for the Advancement of Science, YOYA award, and Vermont Reading Circle award. Twenty-six of her books have been featured in Best Books for Children, Preschool Through Grade 6 and … [Read More...]
Write In? Right On! Spend a day or two at The Studio writing without distractions, interruptions or lessons. We supply the space, the bagels, the coffee, the instructions and the community. You share your writing hopes and intentions for the day, then work on your piece/s as you see fit. Various workspaces accommodate your needs: comfy chair or stiff-backed, isolated or around a community table, dreaming out the window or staring at the screen. Maybe a combination of all. You decide. We can accommodate you. Feel free to bring your own lunch or have us take care of that as well ($15 per day extra). Arrive by 9:30 a.m. for bagels, introductions and intentions. Writing time begins … [Read More...]
By VICTORIA SHERROW
As children’s writers, we hope to pull our readers into a story and keep their interest from start to finish. One important tool for achieving that goal is called “show; don’t tell.” By showing what characters experience moment-to-moment, we help readers feel like they are THERE with the characters, sharing the experience. “Show; don’t tell” helps us write lively scenes rather than just giving readers a bland list of facts or background information about characters, settings, and events.
Here’s an example based on one of the writing exercises I use in my workshops. The first is a series of fact statements that lack “show; don’t tell”:
Inside the Traynor home, 11-year-old Jason was working on his school science project. The project was due the next day. Jason had not planned ahead and didn’t have the materials he needed to finish. He was worried.[Read More...]
Join our very own Victoria Sherrow on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, as she leads you through a mini version of her awesome workshops. Victoria is the award-winning author of more than 100 fiction, non-fiction and picture books for children and teens, published by Harper, Macmillan, Scholastic, National Geographic, Golden Books, Henry Holt, and others. Victoria’s books have received starred…[Read More...]
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