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.
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We are honored to announce that the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio has been named as the creative partner for the Westport Library’s brand-new WestportWRITES initiative. WestportWRITES is a comprehensive and free program designed to guide writers through all stages of publishing and to offer year-long support of National Novel Writing Month entries. Whatever your need, there…[Read More...]
Have you ever been stuck in the middle of page 3 of a story? You have a promising beginning—but so far, nothing more comes to mind.
Help is on the way from nationally-renowned author Alice Mattison, whose short stories have been published to critical acclaim in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Ecotone, and anthologized in The Pushcart Prize, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Short Stories.
In this master class, Alice will help you navigate what might happen next: the uncertainties that move a story along, whether we think of it as highly plotted or not. What makes a story feel complete? What is plot—or what, at least, is indispensable when plot is minimal?
This is a hands-on workshop. Feel free to bring along two to three pages of a short story you’ve begun; if you have no idea what happens next, so much the better. And bring something to write with. You might not leave the workshop knowing how your story ends, but possibly you’ll know something more about it; maybe you’ll have reached the bottom of page 3.
You will have the opportunity to read aloud your beginning (and maybe what comes next), but if your imagination works best when you keep unfinished work a secret, that’s fine too.
Alice is the author of six novels, including When We Argued All Night, a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice. Her guide to writing, The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control—and Live to Tell the Tale, which Kirkus Reviews called “a generous, empathetic writer’s companion, was published in August by Viking and is included in the cost of this workshop. Alice teaches in the MFA program at Bennington College.
“Alice Mattison is a charmer. She’s one of those uncommon writers who are genuinely tickled by the ids and egos they commit to paper, and her characters bask–rather than squint–in the sunshine of her affectionate scrutiny.”
—The New York Times Book Review
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