Summer 2020 Open Studio Days

  • See dates below
  • Reserved 4-hour block, $25. Studio member, $20/day

Are you hunkering down, trying to crank out words on deadline or for a creative project? Are your spouses, kids, partners, pets, chores, bosses and the like messing with your creative karma? No “room of your own” in which to write? We get it. We’re here to help. If you have taken a paid, multi-week…

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How to Master Dictation for Writers: Get your words on the page the easy way

  • Wednesdays, Noon to 1:30 p.m., EST; Begins July 15, 2020
  • Tessa Smith McGovern
  • Five weeks, $250 Virtual, via Zoom

Do you have piles of notebooks filled with story snippets, outlines and notes written in longhand? Do you imagine stories when you’re out and about, only to have them disappear when you’re at your screen and ready to write? Do you wish you could talk out your stories, instead of attaching yourself to your keyboard…

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Creative Writing: Craft Class

  • Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Begins July 16, 2020
  • Carol Dannhauser
  • Seven weeks, $385, Limited to Six Participants

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE LIVE ON ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE This craft workshop explores the key elements of strong writing and storytelling, whether fiction or non-fiction, regardless of genre. Each week, we explore different aspects of creative writing, including developing compelling protagonists, exploring different points of view, experimenting with different writing forms and…

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Writing for Children and Teens, Level One

  • Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST; Starts July 21, 2020
  • Victoria Sherrow
  • Six weeks, $330 (Limited to six students)

Note: This workshop takes place live via Zoom. Do you want to write for children and/or teens? Maybe you have an idea you’d like to develop. Perhaps you’ve even written part of a story or a book—but you aren’t sure what to do next. Writing for young readers offers special rewards. An author’s words can bring joy and comfort,…

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Writing for Children, Level Two

  • Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon; Begins June 25, 2020
  • Victoria Sherrow
  • Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE LIVE ON ZOOM Are you a writer for children who would like to move forward with your work? ? This workshop is for experienced writers who have learned the basics and want to sharpen their skills and polish their work. We’ll discuss higher-level techniques for plotting, characterization, description, scene development, theme…

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The Art and Craft of Novel Writing, Level Two

  • Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m., Starts July 7, 2020
  • Stephanie Lehmann
  • Seven weeks, $385, Limited to 6 students

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE LIVE ON ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE As students in this workshop will already know, writing a novel involves creating a world populated by compelling characters while making sure every moment brings the story to its fullest potential. We’ll continue to develop the skills to make that happen. Approaches to plotting will…

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Write Your Story to Prompts (Non-Fiction)

  • Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon; 12:30 to 2:30; Begins July 20, 2020 (Both sessions are FULL)
  • Carol Leonetti Dannhauser
  • Seven weeks, $335

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE LIVE ON ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE You should write the story of you. Everybody tells you so. Or maybe it’s just that voice in your head, telling you what you already know: You have a meaningful story to tell and it’s high time you got it on the page….

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I Have an Idea for a Story. Now What?

  • Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., beginning February 26. (No workshop on April 8.)
  • Sophfronia Scott
  • Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)

You have an idea… …for a novel, an essay, a memoir, a poem, some sort of story. Perhaps you’ve told someone all about it, maybe even word for word. You know the setting, the plot, much of what happens. The only thing you can’t seem to do? Write it down. You just don’t know how…

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Finish in a Flash!

  • Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, beginning February 26. (No workshop on April 8.)
  • Sophfronia Scott
  • Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)

If you enjoy writing from prompts, chances are you have many interesting, funny, moving, complex, lovely pieces—that you haven’t finished! Never fear—author Sophfronia Scott will help you develop the work to completion. Bring one of your incomplete beauties (or not-so beauties) to this class and by the end of the sessions you will have a…

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Writing for Middle-Grade and Young Adult Readers, Level Two

  • Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Begins April 3, 2020
  • Victoria Sherrow
  • Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE LIVE ON ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE This workshop focuses on developing stories for readers ages 8-18. As workshop members move from idea to completed manuscript, they learn what goes into a meaningful, dramatic plot, how to create realistic characters readers will care about, and ways to move a story…

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Intermediate/Advanced Memoir Writing

  • Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. New session begins March 19, 2020
  • Carol Leonetti Dannhauser
  • Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)

Examine, refine and execute the elements of memoir writing in this workshop. You will take your memoir writing to the next level, learning how to best present, revise and strengthen your story. We will address “truth,” voice, point-of-view, narrative elements and more, doing all that we can to help make your story sing. This is…

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Memoir Master Class with Joyce Maynard

  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Joyce Maynard
  • 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ($125) /10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($175). See details below.

NOTE: THIS CLASS IS FULL Join extraordinary memoirist Joyce Maynard at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio for a one-day Master Class devoted to the art and craft of personal storytelling. Joyce is the author of the bestselling memoir At Home in the World and, more recently, of The Best of Us—as well as hundreds of short-form essays featured…

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Novel Writing 101

  • Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Starts January 14, 2020
  • Stephanie Lehmann
  • Seven weeks, $385, Limited to Six Participants

You have an idea for a novel. Perhaps you’ve sketched out some characters or jotted down some scenes. Maybe you’ve written a few chapters — or none at all. This workshop will help you proceed from where you are, whether that’s at Square One or somewhere along the way. Writing a novel involves creating a…

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Writing About Your Life: Motherhood

  • Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30. Begins January 9, 2020
  • Jacqueline Burt Cote
  • Seven weeks, $299 (Limited to six students)

Motherhood is one of the most creatively inspiring times in a woman’s life — as well as one of the most challenging and transformative. This workshop will help you identify and strengthen your unique voice as a mother, and to write your stories from there. In this 90-minute workshop — perfect for busy moms — we’ll…

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Writing About Your Life

  • Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., begins January 22, 2020
  • Jessica Bram
  • Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)

WRITING ABOUT YOUR LIFE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE Everyday life offers us unlimited opportunities for reflection and for making sense of the world around us. Join us to explore the fascinating material generated by our own lives and, at the same time, develop the writing techniques to make the writing more engaging, interesting, and effective….

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Writing the Personal Essay

  • Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; begins January 14, 2020
  • Jamie Chesbro
  • Seven weeks, $395 (Limited to six students)

If you’ve ever wondered how to transform your true stories into emergent essays of substance, this is the workshop for you. Essayists are in pursuit of discoveries. What we’re after are those illusive insights into the human condition that we sense and are driven to write. Come join us this fall and discover yours. Each…

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Writing Your Memoir: Level One

  • Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Begins January 8, 2020
  • Jacqueline Burt Cote
  • Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)

Living through a series of transformational events can be hard enough; oftentimes, writing about them can seem equally challenging. Where do you start? Here, in this workshop with bestselling author, editor and ghostwriter Jacqueline Burt Cote. Jacque will help you give shape and structure to your story, so that you can turn it into a…

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Poetry Writing Workshop, Level Two

  • Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Begins September 17
  • Elizabeth Onusko
  • Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)

Anne Sexton once said, “Craft is a trick you make up to let you write the poem.” In this workshop, we will use the elements of craft as lenses to look deeply into our poems. How do lines, stanzas, images, rhythm, figurative language, and voice alchemize on the page? Each week, we will explore a…

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FREE WORKSHOP: Writing for the Children and Teens Market

Join our very own Victoria Sherrow on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, as she leads you through a FREE mini version of her awesome workshops. Victoria teaches Writing for Children, Level Two, Writing for Middle-Grade and Young Adult Readers, Level Two, and Writing Picture Books, Level One. Victoria is the award-winning author of more than 100 fiction, non-fiction…

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Navigating the Path to Publication

  • Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Begins September 20, 2019
  • Kim Caldwell Steffen
  • Seven weeks, $385, Limited to Six Participants

You finished writing your book. Or so you think. What’s next on the path to publication? Our editor-in-residence, Kim Caldwell Steffen, can guide you through it. Kim has edited more than 350 titles—fiction, memoir, and nonfiction—for traditional publishing houses, as well as Amazon’s self-publishing platform CreateSpace/Kindle, for local and national authors and more. In this workshop,…

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Write a Query Letter that Grabs an Agent’s or Publisher’s Attention

  • Stay tuned for details!!
  • Marilyn Allen
  • Cost: $100

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you only get one chance to impress an agent with your query letter. In this master class, top literary agent Marilyn Allen provides you with insiders’ tips and techniques to accomplish just that. Marilyn is the author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Book Proposals and Query Letters” (Penguin), and…

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Writing Picture Books, Level One

  • Fridays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., begins January 10, 2020
  • Victoria Sherrow
  • Seven weeks, $385, Limited to Six Participants

Do you want to write picture books for children? Maybe you have ideas you’d like to develop, or you have already written a book, but you aren’t sure what to do next. Writing for children offers special rewards. An author’s words can bring joy and comfort and inspire a child’s creativity, curiosity and imagination. And, of course, the writing must entertain and keep readers…

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A Laughing Matter: How to Add Humor to Your Writing

  • Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Starts March 5, 2019
  • Stephanie Lehmann
  • Seven weeks, $350

Whether you’re trying to craft essays with humor, become an amusing public speaker, write that memoir, find success as a stand-up comedian so you can have an excuse to drink all the time (or sleep around), or publish the next Pulitzer Prize-winning comic novel, this workshop is most definitely for you. Sessions cover the different…

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Wine & Write-In

  • Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Starts March 5, 2019
  • Stephanie Lehmann
  • Six weeks, $245 (includes wine and cheese)

If you’d like writing inspiration but don’t want the hassle of homework or the curtain of critique, our new Tuesday evening Wine & Write-In might be the perfect thing for you. Swing by after work or before dinner for inspiring and motivating writing prompts served up with wine and cheese in an ultra-relaxed atmosphere. This is your…

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Transforming Memories into Memoir (FULL)

  • Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Starts Sept. 5, 2018 (Does not meet on Sept. 19)
  • Patty Dann
  • 7 weeks, $385, Maximum 6 students (FULL)

Whether you are a published writer or you last wrote in your childhood diary, this workshop will help you write your personal story, whether it’s an essay or a longer form of memoir. Instructor Patty Dann, who is a bestselling writer and the author of THE BUTTERFLY HOURS: Transforming Memories into Memoir, will guide you…

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You Want to Write. Now What?

  • Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, beginning Nov. 12; or Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning Nov. 11
  • Jacqueline Burt Cote
  • Seven weeks, $325

Do you have a story you want – or need – to tell? Do ideas for poems or short stories or other works of fiction or non-fiction dance in your head? Have you started stories you’d like to bring to fruition? Do you like the idea of writing but you don’t know where to start?…

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How to Land a Writing Residency

  • Saturday, August 18
  • Sheryl Kayne
  • 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., $25 (public), $20 (FC Writers Studio Students)

What IS a Writing Residency? How Can You Get One?

Our residency pro shares everything you need to know to select, apply for and land a writer’s residency

Are you toiling over a novel or a book proposal or another writing project, only to be interrupted every minute or hour or day by the pulls of everyday life? If so, a writing residency—a retreat to achieve your writing goals—might be exactly what you need.

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The Secret Life of Successful Mysteries

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Chris Knopf
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or thereabouts, $25 (public), $20 (FC Writers Studio Students, and Sisters in Crime)

Are you writing (or do you want to write) a thriller, a cozy, a caper, suspense, or any other type of mystery? Don’t know your puzzles from your police procedurals? Need some help with craft, structure, composition and more?

And do you want to sell your book?

Best-selling author and publisher Chris Knopf can help, whatever stage you are in in your pursuit of publication. There are pragmatic things to know that will help you get there. And once there, how to earn the best reviews, sales and acclaim your book can achieve.

This workshop is focused on those aspects of style and sensibility that will have the most impact on helping your book move on to the next level. The first rule is there are no rules, Knopf says, though there are guidelines on how to improve your chances.

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How to Publish Your Personal Stories

  • Three Thursdays: March 8, 15, 22. Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Lilly Dancyger
  • Three weeks, $150

Do you write memoir, personal essays, blogs, pieces of journalism, or other non-fiction stories about your life? Would you like to learn how and where to package, publish and get paid for your stories, including in and beyond the list of usual suspects? If so, this mini-workshop is for you!

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Memoir Writing (Intermediate and Advanced)

  • Thursdays, 2-4 p.m., March 8
  • Lilly Dancyger
  • Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students. Instructor's approval required.)

This workshop is for writers who want guidance in completing their book-length first-person work. We’ll mine your personal stories for the universal truths you have to share with readers. We’ll tackle the challenges every memoirist faces, like how to tell your version of the truth while dealing with friends and family who may remember things differently and…

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