Helping Writers to Rise and Thrive

Write Your Story to Prompts (Non-Fiction)

NOTE: This workshop takes place in person. 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. But with a lifetime of

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Writing Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror

THINGS THAT GO BUMP, POOF AND SPARKLE IN THE NIGHT: WRITING FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION AND HORROR With acclaimed teacher and writer Nina Kiriki Hoffman Common wisdom says write what you know. We say, write what you want to find out about or explore. Write what you can invent! Through a series of conversations on craft,

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Intermediate/Advanced Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror

This workshop happens LIVE on Zoom. Under the tutelage of our amazing writer and instructor, the Stoker- and Nebula-Award winner Nina Kiriki Hoffman, writers in this fun and interactive workshop will move forward with a piece of science fiction, fantasy, or horror, and generate new work. Get feedback on your writing from Nina and your

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The Art and Craft of Novel Writing

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE LIVE ON ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 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 develop the skills to make that happen. Approaches to plotting will receive special attention. Other topics include voice, point of view,

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LGBTQ+ Writing Workshop

Writing is hard, no matter who you are. But for LGBTQ+ writers, the work is often made harder by having to do it in writing communities that find their difference threatening, exotic, or unwelcome.

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Writing for Children, Level Two

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,

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Intermediate/Advanced Memoir Writing

Examine, refine and execute the elements of memoir writing in this workshop. You will take your work to the next level, learning how to best present, revise and strengthen your personal story. We will address all elements of personal non-fiction, with an emphasis on shorter (non-book-length) pieces: personal essays, lyrical essays, memoir, opinion pieces, flash

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Writing Your Memoir

Living through a series of transformational events can be hard enough; oftentimes, writing about them can seem equally challenging. How do you do it? Here, with bestselling author, editor, teacher and memoir ghostwriter Jacqueline Burt Cote. In this workshop, you will learn how to give shape and structure to your story, so that you can

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Creative Writing: Craft Class

(LIVE and in-person!!) 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 more. You will leave each class with an assignment

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Writing for the Magazine Market

Think the magazine industry is dying? Tell that to the people writing and creating content for more than 7,000 magazines in print in the United States right now. Magazine writing provides a window to the world: to travel, to eat, to learn, to spend time with and then to write about people who are unusual,

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Novel-Writing 911

Good for you for writing a manuscript that more or less makes sense! Now what do you do with it? The Studio’s Stephanie Lehmann can help. She is a critically acclaimed author, awesome teacher, manuscript diagnostician and agent-insider. Stephanie can meet with you (virtually) one-on-one to help you navigate your roadblocks. Confused about scenes? Stuck

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Writing for Children and Teens, Level One

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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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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FCWS Co-Founder Carol Dannhauser Wins Entrepreneur Award

Hats off to Carol Leonetti Dannhauser, co-founder of the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, for winning second place in the 2020 Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year/Main Street category. “I am honored and grateful. I didn’t even know that we were nominated,” said Dannhauser, a journalist and author who seamlessly led the Studio’s migration to digital

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FREE WORKSHOP: Writing for the Children and Teens Market

Join our very own Victoria Sherrow on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, 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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Summer 2020 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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Writing for Middle-Grade and Young Adult Readers, Level Two

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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Memoir Master Class with Joyce Maynard

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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Writing About Your Life

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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Poet Elizabeth Onusko Joins The Studio’s Faculty

We are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Onusko, an extraordiary poet and teacher, has joined the faculty at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio. She will teach Poetry Writing Workshop, Level Two, which is for experienced poets who have published or are preparing work for publication, and are hoping to gain insight into their poems and

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Writing the Personal Essay

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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Fabulous Workshops Starting in September

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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Poetry Writing Workshop, Level Two

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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Navigating the Path to Publication

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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