What is the Write Yourself Free Method? The Write Yourself Free(SM) Method is designed to teach the essentials of narrative writing so that writers develop confidence in process and imagination. Unlike other writing instruction, WYF relies on cognitive science to explain effective writing, narrative structure, and even the habits and practices of writers. By learning to work with basic cognitive concepts, writers free themselves to develop a personal, complex—and ultimately very satisfying—writing practice. And it’s FUN.

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Summer Workshops with Patrick McCord, PhD

The Art of Revision – 2 sections 

Tuesdays 9:30am–12:00pm or Tuesdays 7:15pm-9:30pm July 7, 14, 21, 28 $265

Believe it or not, the revision process can be fun, but many writers experience paralysis or despair when faced with perfecting a promising draft.Think instead of a series of games to play with your text, focusing attention on specific aspects of your story you may not have been paying attention to when you deep in the trenches of drafting. Revision is a chance to pop up and reward yourself with perspective. It should be fun. Bring in your drafts, short or long, and work happier and faster toward a better polish.

Wednesdays 10am-12:30pm July 8, 15, 22 & 29 $ 265 Memoir can be one of the most rewarding narrative forms. But because our memories are complicated mechanisms, it’s not as easy as it might seem. In this class we’ll learn how the cognition of memory works and how to use that knowledge to excavate the past. Once you’re unearthed the hidden details, we’ll learn techniques to re-animating your experiences in language, so your voice on the page feels authentic and resonate and satisfying.

Two Regular Section of WYF

Thursday 10am-12:30pm July 9, 16, 23, 30 Bring in 2-4 pages each week

Wednesday Evening 7:15pm-9:30pm July 8, 15, 22 & 29


Mondays 7:15-9:30pm July 6, 13, 20, 27 Writer’s Block is a myth. Waiting for Inspiration is a myth. Learn what’s factual and useful about your creative process as you write your first draft(s). In these classes, we will learn about the cognition of creation, practice techniques to free up our feelings of writing playfulness, and writers will bring in their recent drafts to better understand how to relax the critical mind and free the imaginative impulse.

Screenwriting Intensives with Patrick McCord, PhD

The Three Act Structure Saturday, June 6th, 10am-1pm $60 This workshop will offer an intensive overview of what is commonly called “three act structure.” But here’s the real reason to come: We will discuss the Write Yourself Free amplification of the basic TAS, and why, in the drafting process, there are better ways to think structurally about what you’re writing, whether it’s a script or proseSome films we might watch include: Witness, American Hustle, the Coens’ True Grit, and Gattaca. 

Saturday, June 20th The Art Film and Creativity

10am-1pm $60 We’ll survey a series of innovative films over four decades to see how their stories and techniques which seemed revolutionary at the time, have become integrated into our current narrative sensibility. We’ll also look at two contemporary Art Films and reflect on why some audiences can be baffled by the subtleties of creative film-making. 

charles smiling mid sizeSumer Tune-ups with  Charles L. Stafford

Five 3-hour workshops Tuesdays 10am- 12:15pm 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25

The series: $300. “Drop-in” $75 per class, but please email us to let us know you are coming and bring a check to The Editing Company for $75. Bring 4 pages each week.




annetebluecrop-retouch-2Poetry with Annette Basalyga

Weekly Tuesday Nights.  Join anytime! Email Tish 

$210 July 7, 14, 21, 28 Whether you read poetry, or are beginning to write poetry, this is a workshop of discovery.You’ll find instant access to people, places and emotions that only the language of poetry can deliver. Our experience, memory, and imagination are all it takes to understand poetry and to make poems happen.

Poetry Intensive!  Saturday, July 25th   10:00am- 1:00pm $55 For both beginning and seasoned poets, we will focus on finding ideas for writing poems and the process of getting them down on paper. I  believe that potential poems and poets are everywhere and that good writing games and exercises are challenging, useful, and entertaining.  Bring a poem you’ve written and still like, one you’ve written and don’t like, or one that someone else wrote and you love.

Writing for Children and Teens: Workshops with Victoria Sherrow

Four Fridays in July 10:00am-12:00pm July 10, 17, 24, 31 $210

Join our weekly writing workshop with writer/editor Victoria Sherrow. Victoria has published over 80 children’s books in many genres — she is a font of knowledge about the industry.



 Special Seminars

charles smiling mid sizeSubmissions Made Simple with Charles L. Stafford

New Date To Be Announced 
You have a bunch of short stories, now what? This workshop will offer tips, strategies, and resources to maximize efficiency and stay organized. 




images-1Building your Author Platform BEFORE Your Book is Published! with Lynne Constantine

New Date to be Announced. Thursday,  7pm Social Media 2-hr Intensive Emphasis on Twitter. With Lynne Constantine $65, $50 class members (& former class members)



10577170_817522324924714_3864289319776890717_nBlackrock 2-day Retreat July 17th-19th A Writers’ Staycation

Two nights and three days. Lunch & Dinners included, movie night. $400

Intensive Scene Study Effective narrative works like life: it’s a series of memorable scenes. This intensive workshop will help to clarify what a scene is, what it does, and how best to imagine it in drafting – or how to tinker with it when revising. And of course, we’ll look at the subtle linkage between scenes as well.

Submissions: This workshop is great for all sorts of writers: fiction, memoir, screenplay, even poets will get some dandy new ideas. You’re invited to submit scenes or poems you’ve written to be used as examples. It’s ok to submit a sequence of up to ten manuscript pages. Your work need not be perfect; it may even be problematic, but we’ll need to get it at least 10 days before the workshop convenes.


PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER UNTIL YOU EMAIL US FIRST — THERE MAY NOT BE ROOM IN THE SECTION — WE HAVE A WAIT-LIST. Workshops are limited to six students. We accept VISA, MC, AMEX. ONLINE. It is easy and secure with Also Checks MADE OUT TO: The Editing Company, 252 Post Road E. Westport, 06880. Payment must be received at least one week prior to the start of class. You may pay in two installments. Refunds & Credit Policy: No credit or refund will be given for students withdrawing less than 10 days prior to the start of the workshop or after the first meeting of the workshop unless there is an emergency situation.








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