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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

Installment plan: mail or bring a check for $265 made out to The Editing Company at least 10 days before your class starts.

Shopping cart: Click on the Cart icon (it will turn green) and open to a page that lists all of our workshops - do not click on the name of the class, just the drop down menus, then go back up to click on the cart and click checkout. For Patrick’s WYF workshops: the drop down menu may not have your class. Do not worry. Just choose any of the classes. We will know which section you register for.

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.

Write Yourself Free(SM) Sections with Patrick McCord

8 classes Tuition: $525

Day Sections

Tuesday 9:30am-12:00pm  April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27

Wednesday 10:00am-12:30pm  April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21,28

Thursday 10:00am-12:30pm   April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Thursday 1:30pm-3:45pm   April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Evening Sections

Tuesdays 7:15pm-9:15pm April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27                                                                                                                                 

Wednesday 7:15pm-9:15pm   *Thursday, April 3*, Wednesday, April 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28

*April 2 is our fundraiser at the Westport Playhouse, 7pm

Poetry with Annette Basalyga

Weekly Tuesday Nights. 8 classes/$425

March 25, April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 

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 8 classes/$425

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   March 28, April 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9 16, 23

Wednesday Nights 7:00pm-9:00pm   March 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21

 Workshops and Seminars with Michele Rubin

A Primer on Finding an Agent, Finding a Publisher, and Understanding the Market 

Will be repeated!

Sunday, March 30, 9:30am-1:00pm $300 Limited to 10 students Students to submit pitch and outline prior to class. Learn the do’s and don’ts, and how to find out what agent could be right for you. Each student will bring in a draft of a their query and a detailed synopsis of their project, and each one will be polished and worked during the session. Every student will leave with their project query ready to go out the door! Please feel welcome to bring a snack. There will be a break.

Weekly Screenwriting Workshop with Patrick McCord, PhD

Monday Nights 8:00-10:00 pm.$400  April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2 

A course designed to clarify the four basic types of scenes in a screenplay and how to write effectively for each. Assignments are designed so that writers may use them to expand or polish a project that is already in progress or as idea-generating puzzles. Old pros and rank beginners welcome. You will need to prepare work to bring to the first class, so be sure to register ahead of time. What to expect: a structured approach with weekly assignments- everyone brings in new work to get a reading every week. Clear instruction with simple but dynamic objectives: how to write in such a way that your imagination is stimulated; how to revise so your scenes read like professional writing. In-class movie viewing and canonical screenplay reading. If time allows, in-class writing. Limited enrollment so that everyone gets attention every week.

Screenwriting Intensive

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

Twitter: Building Your Writer’s Platform

with Lynne Constantine. $120, $95 WYF Students & Clients 

Do I really need to Tweet? Afraid Twitter will take up all of your time? Learn how to make an impact in just 20 minutes a day. This two-hour workshop will teach you the skills you need to get started and use Twitter to promote yourself and your work.

Scrivener: The Best Writing Software Ever

with Chris Friden  Saturday, May 10th, Introduction. 10am-12:30pm  Advanced Saturday, May 17th, 10am-12:30pm

$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 Workshop with Patrick McCord  Saturday, May 24th 10am-12:30pm

$100, $75 WYF students. For writers with finished drafts: short story, screenplay, novels. etc. $100, $75 workshop members & clients.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.


Past Screenwriting Intensives

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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