Helping Writers to Rise and Thrive

Creative Writing: Craft Class

NOTE: Live on Zoom. (Optional: In-person for the FULLY VACCINATED! 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, creating compelling scenes

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Write Your Story to Prompts (Non-Fiction)

NOTE: Live on Zoom. In-person for the FULLY VACCINATED! 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

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Writing for Television

How many times have you watched a TV show and thought, I have an idea that’s just as good, if not better. And chances are, you might, but you just aren’t sure how to execute it. Before you even start typing you’ll need to know what–exactly–the story is, and how to execute it. You will

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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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Writing Picture Books, Level One

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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Writing for Children, Level Two

NOTE: Live on Zoom. In-person for the FULLY VACCINATED! 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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The Art and Craft of Novel Writing

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, dialogue and more. Perhaps you’ve already sketched out some characters or jotted

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Intermediate/Advanced Memoir Writing

NOTE: Live on Zoom. In-person for the FULLY VACCINATED! 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)

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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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Personal Essay Writing Workshop

We all have stories. Personal essayists and memoirists turn those stories into powerful pieces that help others feel connected and think differently about how to see the world. Crafting a compelling essay or piece of memoir takes time and skill, but it’s time well spent; to make your story meaningful to others, you first have

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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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Summer Shorts: Plotters Toolkit

Wrestle that plot already! You’ve got an idea for a novel. Maybe you’ve even written a big chunk. But where’s it going? What’s your story arc? What’s the theme? Who’s opposing whom and what’s the transformation? If you’re not so sure about the answers, you can figure it out here, in Summer Short: Plotters Toolkit.

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Summer Writing Retreats 2022

Why try to find the extra time or money to scoot away for a summer writing retreat when you can get the same or more accomplished at a retreat here in Westport?
At the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, your retreat includes one, two, three or four days working on a project without distractions, interruptions or lessons. We supply the space, the bagels, the coffee, the instructions 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 2022 Open Studio Days

Are you 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 paid for a multi-week workshop with us

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

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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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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