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Registration information below. Download May/June Schedule of workshops & special events here

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.

May/June Schedule of Weekly Workshops and Special Workshops

NEW: With Patrick McCord, PhD: Getting Started on Your Memoir
Wednesdays 10am-12:30pm $340 May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17
We will be reading Between You and Me; Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris (a short book) and/or Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O’Brien. Patrick will be interviewing Mary Norris at The Westport Library on Thursday, July 9th at 7pm.Memory doesn’t exactly speak words, it conjures in a different part of the brain. You will recollect images that aren’t always photographic, sweet or sour sensations, sounds—sometimes even exact dialog—smells, places and faces and the whole mess a bit mucky with emotions. Often, despite our feeling that “there’s a story here,” it can be hard to find a distinct thread to follow, and you feel like you’re unraveling a tangled skein of events and associations that seem to need as much explaining as telling. This will be a class in untangling the emotions and events that have shaped you in some intrinsic way so that you create a story, not an explanation. We’ll explore an organized approach to unpacking and clarifying your own story.

Patrick BOw Tie not croppedSeminars in Narrative with Patrick McCord

Bring 4 pages each week. 6 Workshops/$395


Tuesdays Adv. 9:30am – 12:00pm May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 & 16

Thursdays 10am-12:30pm May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18
Thursdays 1:30-4:00pm May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18

Tuesdays 7:15pm-9:30pm May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 & 16
Wednesdays Intro/Interm. 7:15pm-9:30pm May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17

charles smiling mid sizeIntroduction to Narrative Writing —  A Writer’s Practice  Wednesday Mornings with Charles L. Stafford

Bring 4 pages each week. 6 workshops/ $340 

Wednesday 10:00am-12:15pm May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17

In six weeks we will: 1) Become comfortable with free writing and sharing our work, 2) Gain an understanding of the 5 essential components of a story, applicable to narratives of any length, 3) Learn tools and strategies to develop a regular writing routine. 


charles smiling mid sizeIntermediate Narrative Writing  Tuesday Mornings with Charles L. Stafford

$340 Tuesdays 9:30am – 11:45am May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 & 16





annetebluecrop-retouch-2Poetry with Annette Basalyga

Weekly Tuesday Nights.  Join anytime! Email Tish

An 6 week Session $315

Tuesdays 7:15-9:30pm  May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 & 16

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.


Victoria1Writing for Children and Teens: Workshops with Victoria Sherrow

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.

An 6 Week Session $315

Fridays  10:00am-12:00pm May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26


Weekly Screenwriting Workshop with Patrick McCord, PhD 

Saturdays 11am-1pm May 2, 9, 16, & 30  $265 Four week session Points of discussion include:  the difference between drafting and revising; conceptual blending with your creative nervous system; perception and emotion; physical alignment and moral loyalty; the essential stakes; Areas of Concern; essentials of writing practice.



Special Seminars

charles smiling mid sizeSubmissions Made Simple with Charles L. Stafford

Choice of Monday, May 4th, 10am-11:30pm OR Thursday, May 7th 7pm $60
You have a bunch of short stories, now what? This workshop will offer tips, strategies, and resources to maximize efficiency and stay organized.




unnamed-1Keeping it Real: Creative Non-Fiction Writing for Children with Victoria Sherrow

Saturday, May 9th, 4-hr Intensive: $90 12:30-4:30pm In this intensive session, we will talk about: how to find promising nonfiction ideas, choosing the appropriate age groud, how to focus and slant a topic, how to develop a working plan for a book or article, research tips for nonfiction writing, and writing nonfiction with creativity and style.




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

Thursday, May 14th, 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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