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Registering JULY workshops now. Download our summer 2014 schedule


Workshops are limited to six students. We accept  VISA, MC, AMEX. ONLINE. It is easy and secure with Also Checks to The Editing Company, 252 Post Road E. Westport, 06880

Shopping cart: Click on the Cart icon (it will turn green) and open to a page that lists all of our workshops. Then click on the name of the workshop, use the drop down menu and go back up to the pencil and click on “checkout.” 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.

Regular Write Yourself Free(SM) with Patrick McCord $275 each session.

Bring 4 pages each week. (You make also make up a class if you miss one week)   You can register for both months by paying twice but please email us to let us know.

Tuesdays 9:30am-Noon   Advanced

Session I: June 3, 10, 17, 24.

Session II: July 8, 15, 22, 29.

Wednesdays 10:00am-12:30pm NEW  Intro/Intermediate

July 9, 16, 23, 30

Wednesday Evenings 7:15-9:30pm

Session I: June 4, 11, 18, 25

Session II: July 9, 16, 23, 30

Thursdays Mornings 10am-12:30pm

Session I: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Session II: July 10, 17, 24, 31 

Craft Seminars: The Method with Patrick McCord $275 each session

For the writer attempting creative writing (and really, isn’t all writing creative?), there are three essential dimensions: writer, writing, and creativity. The WYF Craft Seminar presents an integrated story of the writing process with special emphasis on how creative humans are. It will answer writing questions you didn’t know you had and offer strategies for getting out of your own creative way. Guaranteed inspirational and entertaining, plus it may completely change your concepts of writing and/or yourself as the writer.

Tuesday Evenings at 7:15pm-9:30pm

Session I: June 3, 10, 17, 24.

Session II: July 8, 15, 22, 29.


Thursday Afternoons 1:30-3:30pm

Session I: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Session II: July 10, 17, 24, 31


Poetry with Annette Basalyga

Weekly Tuesday Nights. 4 classes/$200 each session                 

Session II: July 8, 15, 22, 29

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.

Writing for Children Workshops with Victoria Sherrow

Weekly 4 classes/$200 each session

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.

Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm

Session I: June 6, 13, 20, 27.

Session II: July 11, 18, 25, August 1.

Wednesday Evenings at 7pm

Session I: June 4, 11, 18, 25

Session II: July 9, 16, 23, 30

Weekly Screenwriting Workshop with Patrick McCord, PhD

4 Monday Nights 8:00-10:00 pm.$260  July 7, 14, 21, 28

We will look at revised work in a production team style meeting. Less emphasis on reading the scene aloud, more on everyone doing close readings of scenes, seeing an entire episode at a time, and finding the “cinematic” strengths of finished or nearly finished work.

Scrivener: The Best Writing Software Ever  TWO WORKSHOPS with Chris Friden

INTRO Saturday, Saturday, July 19th,  12-3:00pm $65 public, $45 WYF students

ADVANCED Saturday, July 26th, 12-3:00pm $65 public $45 WYF Students.

Scrivener is a word processing tool for writers of all kinds (manuscripts, short stories, screenplays, plays, research papers, even graphic novels!). In Scrivener you are able work within official submission ready formats; keep all your writing and research in one place; create outlines and index cards for revision; and even directly e-publish.

Revision Weekend Intensive with Patrick McCord  Sunday, July 13th. 10:30am-3:30pm with lunch break. $125

This workshop was previously attended by 29 people. Information rich -for those with first or second drafts of stories, novels and screenplays. Among writers, there are those who have a way with a sentence and those who understand building story; only rarely are they native abilities in the same person.  The rest of us have to work on one, the other or both.  That’s revision. This seminar is for writers who want to polish an already-completed draft by learning and applying technical skills. We will focus on sentences, scenes, and holistic structure; in addition, we will review important punctuation.

STAYCATION: Interiority and Time –Via Your Story  August 1-3. $325

In three days you will write a complete story and submit for publication; explore inner states, digressive thinking, and epiphany.  We will arrange lunches and one dinner. (Separate food charges may apply.)

Past Screenwriting Intensives

May 3rd, 2014 The New Creativity: Stories About Stories 10am-1pm

$75, $60 WYF students, $25 College and High School. Conventional stories are all around us all the time—those 300 cable stations, Youtube, advertising, politics, even stodgy old radio— to the point that, for a self-aware viewer, we may have an exhausted sense of deja-vu when viewing “entertainment” in most media; the characters, plots, and storyworlds are exhausted. The New Creativity has responded by re-thinking story conventions, and we see it in film and literature in a new story strategy: The Metatale. The Metatale is “meta” because it challenges our unconscious expectations about truth, reference, and storytelling. The Metatale in current cinema plays out in a number of innovative ways. Django UnchainedThe Great Beauty (La Grande Bellazza), and Moonrise Kingdom, although radically different on their surfaces, are all examples of the New Creativity Metatales. Many viewers and even some smart critics “don’t get” these films: why not? This seminar will unpack the important concepts in the Metatale, give you a new point of view on how story can work, and open up the playground of the New Creativity for your imagination

Dialog (It’s Not That Hard) $60 public, $40 class & room members, $25 students.
This class is good for all writers: prose and screen, maybe even poets. Dialog is a necessary tool for all narratives.

Movies to be screened: American Beauty and Strangers On A Train. A major portion of every screenplay is characters talking: dialog. Writers often worry that all their characters sound that same, or worse, they all sound like members of the writer’s family. Stop worrying and start writing. As well as listening. The key to writing what characters say is developing your writer’s ear. Writing snappy and authentic dialog is actually easier than singing on perfect pitch or learning an inflected language. So c’mon down and write your characters alive with their own dictions.

“How Movies are Poetic Thinking”

Of all the artistic media, film and poetry are most dream-like. Dreams are chains of associations that always “feel” to the dreamer as if they are, in some strange way, necessary. In film, one image dissolves upon another and it’s up to the viewer to find the necessity; in poetry, one word dissolves upon another. In this seminar, we’ll look at the “necessities” that creative filmmakers use to expand our consciousnesses—like dreaming—like great poems, and like the best writers in any genre. Possible films: Tree of Life, North by Northwest, Fightclub, I Am Love, Woman of the Dunes, Pan’s Labyrinth, Ugetsu, Koyaanisqatsi.

Film Seminar Guarantee: You’ll leave smarter than you came or your money back.

The Writers’ Revival-dates tba

Guest House Retreat Center in Chester, CT.  This was so much fun and we learned so much last year that all previous attendees are re-signing up. That is our testimonial!  Room for 10.








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