How to Be Prolific

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Sophfronia Scott and Jim Motavalli
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $25 (includes refreshments)

“I don’t have time to write.”

“I don’t have time to write what matters to me.”

“I write something and then I keep it in a notebook and then I write something else because I don’t know what to do with what I have.”

Sound familiar? Many writers we know wrestle with these issues. How can they create, produce and publish more of the work they actually want to write?

We hear you, and we can help.

On February 9 at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, we’re bringing together two of the most prolific writers we know who not only write a lot of words each day, they publish quality work on a regular basis that speaks to their heart and sparks their passion. Sophfronia Scott and Jim Motavalli are both nationally recognized and critically acclaimed writers who will share their tips and techniques for being prolific, authentic and relevant in today’s publishing environment. Plus, they’re great fun to be around!

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Editing Essays

  • February 2 and February 9, from 10 to noon
  • Patty Dann
  • Two sessions, $125

Do you have a personal essay of 800 words or less that’s sitting in a drawer, languishing on your laptop, or undergone several incarnations, yet it still doesn’t sing?Or perhaps you’ve written one that you think is pretty good, but you don’t know what to do with it next. In this two-day workshop we’ll meet…

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Fabulous Workshops Starting in January!

Now is the perfect time to kick-start your writing and strengthen your skills with our awesome slate of workshops at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio!!

Whether you are a best-selling novelist, a burgeoning blogger, a maybe-memoirist or are completely new to the page, we can help.

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Extraordinary Launch Party for Karlin Gray

Come join the fun on Thursday, May 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. as Karlin reads from her new book, “An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth,” which was born and nurtured at our studio! Afterward, learn a few things as Karlin and her instructor, master children’s book writer Victoria Sherrow, explore tips, techniques, craft and secrets of writing for children…

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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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Pitch Party and Contest

  • Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
  • Marilyn Allen
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or thereabouts, $30 to pitch, $15 to watch

Back by popular demand: Pitch Party 2018!

Get ready to Join us at The Studio for mimosas, coffee and bagels on Saturday, February 3, to pitch your non-fiction work! (Fiction pitch party coming in March.) Pitch your book, or simply listen and learn as others pitch theirs out loud to top non-fiction literary agent Marilyn Allen. Your book can be finished, unfinished, or simply in the concept stage.

At the contest, you will read your query letter aloud or, if your query isn’t quite there yet, read your keynote/elevator pitch to Marilyn and audience members. Marilyn will offer gentle (yet effective!) feedback. Three winning pitches will be chosen and sent (when ready) to acquiring editors who have agreed to consider publication. If the winning pitches aren’t yet strong enough to submit they will receive one free editing session.

Entry (for those who wish to pitch) costs $30.

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Writers’ Studio Gift Certificate

Looking for a special gift for the writer or budding writer near and dear to you (or inside you)? How about a gift certificate to the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio? We have an extraordinary faculty capable of helping to bring a story from the heart and mind to the page or the screen. Buy a…

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November is National Novel Writing Month

“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.”  So say the organizers of this non-profit organization geared to helping you turn out 50,000 words in the month of November. We can help. Whether you’re working on a novel, a memoir, or another lengthy and creative work, the Fairfield County Writers’…

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Free “Writing for Kids” Workshop on Friday

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…

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Summer Writing Retreat

  • August 15 & 16, 2017
  • Studio Staff
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $65 per day, $100 for two days; (+$15 per day for lunch, optional)

Write In? Right On!

Spend the day at the studio writing without distractions, interruptions or lessons. We supply the space, the bagels, the coffee and the community. You share your writing hopes and intentions for the day, then work on your piece/s as you see fit.

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Summer at The Studio

Except for special programs and events, The Studio is closed for the summer. Feel free to call us at (203) 374-8343 if you need/want to reach us, or to email us at We are always looking to offer intriguing and helpful workshops. Let us know if you have one in mind that you’d love to…

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Summer 2018 Open Studio Days

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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Vanishing Point Launch Party!

Greetings, Friends of The Studio. Come join in the fun at our launch party for Vanishing Point, by The Studio’s own E.V. Legters. We’re opening our doors to a Sunday afternoon affair, June 4, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The party is free, but you need to let us know in advance that…

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Podcasting 101

  • Saturday, March 18
  • Ben Bogardus
  • 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., $75. Register soon as attendance is limited.

Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing methods of storytelling. Whether you want to share your creative writing, publish your works of journalism, or just speak to a world-wide audience on a subject you’re passionate about, we’ll show you how to put together a podcast from start to finish. All you need to make one is…

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Free Roundtable: Reach Your Writing Goals in 2018

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Faculty
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., *free to FCWS STUDENTS, $15 drop-in fee for the public

Most faculty members at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio are working writers in addition to being awesome teachers. How do they manage to meet their deadlines, write their books and stories, teach classes and follow their own creative paths? They’ll share  tips, strategies and techniques for reaching myriad writing and publishing goals at this fun…

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The Studio’s Holiday Gift Guide for Writers

Looking for something this holiday season for the special writer in your life? We’ve assembled a couple of dozen gifts that might do the job!

Do Not Disturb. Writer at Work
Durable plastic door hangar. $6.99

The Sympathizer
By Viet Thanh Nguyen. Carol’s favorite novel of 2016. $7.39

Best American Short Stories
As selected by Junot Diaz. $8.90

Cocktails for Book Lovers
By the most awesome Tessa Smith McGovern. From Jane Austen’s little-known fondness for wine to Hemingway’s beloved mojitos, literature and libations go hand in hand. Perfect for the season! $9.22

Pilot Precise V5 Stick Rolling Ball Pens
Blue ink. Extra-fine point. Pack of six. Carol’s favorite pens! $11

Writing Down the Bones Freeing the Writer Within
This best-selling guide for writers turns 30 this year. Anniversary edition filled with great tips and insight. $11.28

When Breath Becomes Air
By Paul Kalanithi. Carol’s favorite memoir of 2016. $15

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Happy Father’s Day!

Is there a dad in your life who loves to write? How about giving him a gift that’s personal, meaningful and everlasting: a writer’s workshop at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio! If you’re not sure what workshop is right for him (or for you, Dad), simply buy a gift certificate on our registration page and…

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Top Agent Talks Queries

A bookstore’s worth of thanks to top agent Marilyn Allen for hosting our query letter master class at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio on Saturday, January 30.

In this hands-on workshop, Marilyn, author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Book Proposals and Query Letters,” and the co-founder of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, showed participants how to craft a successful query letter for their fiction and non-fiction books.

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