Helping Writers to Rise and Thrive


Session 1: July 12-13, 2022; Session 2: August 16-17, 2022
Studio Staff
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $65 per day, $100 for two days; (+$20 per day for lunch, optional)
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.
Thursdays, 10 to noon ET, Starts July 14, 2022
Victoria Sherrow
Four weeks, $220 (Limited to 7 students)
Join acclaimed author Victoria Sherrow as she leads you through a Summer Shorts version of her awesome picture-book workshop! In four two-hour sessions, you’ll learn about how to craft different types of picture books, including “slice of life” stories, fantasy, realistic stories, folktales, talking animals, and more. You’ll understand how picture-book writers shape an idea into a manuscript with “child appeal.” Victoria will cover techniques for plotting, character development, description, viewpoint, and pacing. Style and presentation are especially important, so you’ll learn 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?
Fridays, 10 a.m. to Noon. Starts March 25, 2022 (NOTE: This workshop takes place via Zoom.)
Jacqueline Burt Cote
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)
Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; January 14, 21, 28, 2022. (NOTE: This workshop takes place via Zoom.)
Jacqueline Burt Cote
Three sessions, $139 (Limited to seven students)
Mondays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST; Begins September 20, 2021. NOTE: This workshop takes place via Zoom.
Ty Baniewicz
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)

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