Helping Writers to Rise and Thrive


Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon (FULL); or 12:30 to 2:30 EST (FULL); Begins Jan. 24, 2022.
Carol Leonetti Dannhauser
Seven weeks, $350
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…
Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. EST; Starts Dec. 1, 2021; Live via ZOOM
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)
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…
Sundays, 7-9 p.m. EST, Starts January 9, 2022
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students.)
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…
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. EST; Starts Sept. 14, 2021. Live via Zoom
Stephanie Lehmann
Seven weeks, $385, Limited to Six Participants
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…
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)
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. In this 7-week workshop, all are welcome to sharpen their prose in an inclusive setting geared toward nurturing and challenging writers to…
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon; Begins September 23, 2021; PLUS NEW EVENING SESSION! Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. EST, Begins September 21, 2021
Victoria Sherrow
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)
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…
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, via Zoom. Begins January 13, 2022
Carol Leonetti Dannhauser
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)
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,…
Fridays, 10 a.m. to Noon. Starts January 14, 2022 (NOTE: This workshop takes place via Zoom.)
Jacqueline Burt Cote
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)
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…
Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Begins Dec. 2, 2021. FULL
Carol Dannhauser
Seven weeks, $385, Limited to Six Participants
(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…
Fridays, Noon to 2 p.m. EST; Begins March 5, 2021. Live on Zoom.
Jeanne Craig
Seven weeks, $385. (Limited to six students.)
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…
On-going, by appointment
Stephanie Lehmann
$125 per hour
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?…
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, EST; Starts January 12, 2021
Victoria Sherrow
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)
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…
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Victoria Sherrow
10:30 to noon EST
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,…
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Reserved 4-hour block, $25. Studio member, $20/day
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,…
Wednesdays, Noon to 1:30 p.m., EST; Begins July 15, 2020
Tessa Smith McGovern
Five weeks, $250 Virtual, via Zoom
Do you have piles of notebooks filled with story snippets, outlines and notes written in longhand? Do you imagine stories when you’re out and about, only to have them disappear when you’re at your screen and ready to write? Do you wish you could talk out your stories, instead of attaching yourself to your…
Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Begins April 3, 2020
Victoria Sherrow
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)
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…
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Joyce Maynard
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ($125) /10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($175). See details below.
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…
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., begins January 22, 2020
Jessica Bram
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)
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…
Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; begins January 14, 2020
Jamie Chesbro
Seven weeks, $395 (Limited to six students)
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….
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Begins September 17
Elizabeth Onusko
Seven weeks, $385 (Limited to six students)
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…
Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Begins September 20, 2019
Kim Caldwell Steffen
Seven weeks, $385, Limited to Six Participants
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…
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Marilyn Allen
Cost: $100
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),…
Fridays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., begins January 10, 2020
Victoria Sherrow
Seven weeks, $385, Limited to Six Participants
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…
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Starts March 5, 2019
Stephanie Lehmann
Seven weeks, $350
Whether you’re trying to craft essays with humor, become an amusing public speaker, write that memoir, find success as a stand-up comedian so you can have an excuse to drink all the time (or sleep around), or publish the next Pulitzer Prize-winning comic novel, this workshop is most definitely for you. Sessions cover the…
Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Starts March 5, 2019
Stephanie Lehmann
Six weeks, $245 (includes wine and cheese)
If you’d like writing inspiration but don’t want the hassle of homework or the curtain of critique, our new Tuesday evening Wine & Write-In might be the perfect thing for you. Swing by after work or before dinner for inspiring and motivating writing prompts served up with wine and cheese in an ultra-relaxed atmosphere. This is…

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