Helping Writers to Rise and Thrive

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

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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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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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 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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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

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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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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

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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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Writing for Children and Teens, Level One

NOTE: Live on Zoom. In-person for the FULLY VACCINATED! 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, picture book or chapter book—but you aren’t sure what to do next. Writing for young readers offers special rewards. An author’s words can

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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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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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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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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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