Helping Writers to Rise and Thrive

Welcome to the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio!

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 at 21 Charles St. in Westport, Conn. We’re a block away from the train station and a minute off of I-95.

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Memoir Toolkit: Writing Scenes

You go out for coffee and your friend launches into a chronicling of the event that changed his life. “And then this happened. And then this happened… And then this happened.” Ugh. Told this way, who wants to hear it? Not you. You’re getting bored, listening to him drone on. Telling, telling, telling. With you sitting there, captive.

And you probably wouldn’t want to read it, either.

Telling a compelling story, true or not, calls for powerful scenes to move the piece forward. Your reader needs to see, hear, feel and experience what’s happening in a setting they can inhabit in their imagination.

As a writer and storyteller, with a lifetime of experiences, how do you select the best scenes for your memoir? How do you construct them in a compelling way for your reader? What makes a good scene in memoir anyway?

Bestselling author, editor, teacher and memoir ghostwriter Jacqueline Burt Cote will teach you in this mini-workshop. Over the course of three weeks, Jacque will deconstruct scenes in existing memoirs, illuminating what makes them work and how they serve the piece. During class and at home (optional) you will try your hand at the same task, using the samples as models. Writers will be encouraged to share their work each week, with constructive and instructive feedback around the table. The goal is to supply you with the tools and the practice to build scenes in your work.

Jacque’s personal essays and other writings have been published in print and online in Salon, the Huffington Post, Parents, Parenting, American Baby, Bon Appetit, Details, WhatToExpect.com, The Stir and many others. She is an editor and regular contributor to Romper.com and has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, HuffPost Live and more. Jacque teaches Writing Your Memoir at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio.

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Mini Workshop: Picture Book Primer

Join Victoria Sherrow on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, as she leads you through a sampler of her awesome picture-book workshop! In the process, help support moms and little ones in need.

In this two-hour, in-person gathering, you’ll learn about different types of picture books, including “slice of life” stories, fantasy, realistic stories, folktales, talking animals, and more. You’ll hear how picture-book writers shape an idea into a manuscript with “child appeal.” Victoria will touch on techniques for plotting, character development, description, viewpoint, and pacing.

Style and presentation are especially important, so we’ll discuss ways to give the manuscript a pleasing rhythm and “read-aloud” qualities, with a text that flows well and fits the picture book format. You’ll learn what editors are looking for. Why do they say “yes” to some manuscripts and reject others?

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On Writing

Meet Your Writing Goals in 2022

NOTE: Live on Zoom. In-person for the MASKED + FULLY VACCINATED (vax card and mask required for entrance). Where do you want to go as a writer, and what are your goals for 2022? Instructor Victoria Sherrow believes that writers’ goals often fall into these categories: productivity, skills development, publication, marketing/sales and personal satisfaction. With each category, think about the progress you made last year. Did you achieve your goals? What practices worked for you—or didn’t? Which old goals will you keep? Which new goals will

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Now

Fabulous Workshops Starting Now

Now is the perfect time to strengthen your stories with our awesome slate of workshops at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio!

Whether you are a best-selling novelist, a brand-new blogger, a maybe-memoirist or are completely new to the page, we can help. Check out our workshops here!

Not sure where to start? Call us and we’ll actually chat with you, human to human!