Writing Workshops


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How to Become a Freelance Writer

Thursdays Jan 9, 16, 23

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Turn your love of writing into a paying gig. Learn from a professional freelancer how to find assignments, what payment to expect, how to pitch potential articles, and what kinds of work to avoid.

with T. J. Banks

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Everyone's a Critic: 

Theater Reviewing

Thursdays Jan 30 - Feb 27

6:00 pm  - 8:00 pm

Find out how a professional critic does it and learn how you can turn your love for the arts into a fun sideline or career path. Includes a field trip to see "Pride & Prejudice" at the Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.

with Lauren Yarger


Write a Legacy Book

Wednesdays, Feb 5 - 26

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you have a head full of family stories that you'd love to document for the younger generation? Outline your research, schedule writing and completion deadlines, and get you the accountability you need to finish your project!

with Lynn Katz

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Session 1:


Wednesday, Jan 8

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn from author Dawn Metcalf how to get traditionally published. She'll share her experience publishing five young adult fantasy novels with Harlequin Teen.

with Dawn Metcalf

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Session 2:

Find an Agent

Wednesday, Jan 15

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn why you'll need an  agent, how to find the right agent for your project, how to convince the best agent to work with you. 

with Dawn Metcalf

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Session 3:

Query Letters

Wednesday, Jan 22

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn to write a query letter that will catch the attention of the perfect publisher for your project.

with Dawn Metcalf

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Session 4:

Your Pitch

Wednesday, Jan 29

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Target and polish your pitch - what makes your book special?  Why should anyone want to publish it?   

with Dawn Metcalf

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Session 5:

Finish Your Work

Wednesday, Feb 5

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sometimes you need a push to get over the finish line... learn to put down the pen, close the laptop, stop the last edits and send that baby out into the world.

with Dawn Metcalf

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Secrets of Screenwriting

Sundays, Feb 2 - Mar 22

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Learn the secrets of writing a screenplay that will get noticed! Explore the basics of visual storytelling, create characters, structure, story arc and conflict, discuss dialogue and voice, and learn the correct way to format a screenplay

with Pam Goulardt

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How to Self Publish Your Book


Thursdays, Feb 6, 13, 20

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Learn from a 3-time self-published author exactly how to self publish your own book   

with T..J. Banks

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Write Your Memoir or Novel


Thursdays, Feb 6 - Mar 26

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Make writing your memoir or novel a priority in 2020. This collaborative workshop will provide you the necessary guidance, structure and writer’s tools.   

with C. Flanagan Flynn

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Session 1:



Saturday February 8

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Using examples from recent stories and films, combines techniques from drama, screenwriting, and fiction to create characters that will help you build a dynamic plot.  

with Steve Liskow

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Session 2:



Saturday, February 15

1:00- 2:30 pm

Develop an idea into a workable premise that can generate a full story. Examine how to build a plot that will keep readers and turning pages until they reach a powerful, satisfying ending.  

with Steve Liskow

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Session 3:

Point of View


Saturday, February 22

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Different narrators or perspectives can add texture or weaken your impact, and they all have special advantages and demands. Learn how to choose the narrator who can give your story that extra punch.  

with Steve Liskow

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Session 4:



Saturday, February 29

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Dialogue helps move your story along, depict character, enhance mood, and create tension. Refine your dialogue to make your characters distinct, even as they strengthen your plot and establish a mood  


with Steve Liskow

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Session 5:

Short Story


Saturday, March 7

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Strengthen all the skills you need to create a novel, but use them in short story form to create a a rich work that stands all by itself.  

with Steve Liskow

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Session 6:



Saturday, March 14

1:00 - 2:30 pm

In today’s competitive market, a first draft is nowhere near good enough to show to an agent or editor. Steve offers a practical approach to polishing your work. 

with Steve Liskow

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All Six Sessions

-- SAVE! --


Saturdays Feb 8 - March 14

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Pay ahead for all six

"Build a Better Story" classes and save $30!


with Steve Liskow

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Launch Your Blog


Saturday Feb 8

3:30 - 5:30 pm

Learn not only the nuts and bolts of how to build your site, but also how to create content that will hook readers and satisfy your marketing goals.  

with Miranda Wheeler

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Dead Poets Society


2nd & 4th Sundays

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Discuss specific poetry selections, write poetry based on inspirational prompts, and spend time listening to each other read their work aloud.  

with Miranda Wheeler

Weekend Writing Retreats

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Calling all aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers! Join an exciting array of nationally-recognized writers, producers, directors and consultants for an immersive weekend of workshops, panels, keynote lectures and networking. 



One-on-One Coaching

What is a Writer in Residence? 

A Writer in Residence serves to help all levels of writers with their writing and editing needs and makes herself available to the writing community via office hours, phone, and email. The Storyteller's Cottage Writer in Residence is C. Flanagan Flynn

How would one utilize C’s services?

C holds office hours at The Storyteller’s Cottage on Thursdays from noon until 6 p.m.  Book your appointment by email in advance. Time slots are available in half hour increments (with a required hour minimum). Schedule permitting, C will accommodate walk-ins. 


EDITING: Professional Editor C. Flanagan Flynn  

Stuck on a personal essay, memoir, novel, or blog content? Enlist C's help like countless other writers have. C's expertise in working with fiction and nonfiction writers is evidenced through the bylines they’ve earned working with her. As the former Managing Editor of Brain Child and Brain Teen magazines, C’s editorial roles extend to Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Centered: The magazine of personal stories where six of the personal essays and memoir excerpts are in contention for Pushcart Prizes. With C’s editorial input, writers have published standalone essays, memoir excerpts, or novel excerpts in Creative Nonfiction MagazineThe New York Times (Modern Love Column), The MacGuffin, and Brain Teen. Manuscripts she’s edited have been published by Penguin Random House, New World Library, and Lone Pine Publishing.

PREP FOR PUBLICATION: Author Carrie Firestone  

Have you finished a first draft and need help with revision? Have you been querying agents and getting nowhere? Do you just want someone to take a look at your first ten pages? Carrie Firestone, author of THE LOOSE ENDS LIST (Little, Brown 2016), THE UNLIKELIES (Little, Brown, 2017), and DRESS CODED (Putnam/Random House Penguin, 2020) will help you take the next steps in your writing journey. She will provide clear, judgment-free feedback and answer all your questions about agents, publishing, story pitfalls, and craft.

BRAINSTORMING: Author T.J. Banks  

It’s easy to lose your way when you’re writing.  You stop short, freeze up, and lose sight of what you saw so vividly at the outset.  That’s when you need a creative listener, someone to brainstorm with you. Novelist T. J. Banks will work with you and help you get back on your path. Break through that writer's block and get those creative juices flowing again.

ILLUSTRATION: Artist Robin Towle-Fecso  

Whether you're creating your own illustrations and would like feedback, or you're getting ready to self-publish your manuscript and aren't sure how to design a cover, graphic artist Robin Towle-Fecso will sit down with you and help you improve the visual impact of your book.  Robin is also available to create your illustrations as well.


Fun Writing Clubs



Fridays from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

-Discuss topics relevant to writing both fiction & non-fiction

-Share goals, feedback & creative tips

- Spend time free-writing in the company of friends

-Find community in an otherwise solitary activity

GOLD LEVEL- $160 for 6 Months

  • Meet Friday nights from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for writing tips & tools, free writing & peer feedback 

  • Network with fellow writers at public Author Brunches every 3 months

  • Have your work published in 'Inkling,' our quarterly literary magazine

  • Receive a hard copy of 'Inkling' 

  • Receive a 10% discount on any of our writing classes


SILVER LEVEL- $120 for 6 Months

  • Meet Friday nights from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for writing tips & tools, free writing & peer feedback


BRONZE LEVEL- $7 each Meeting

  • Drop in any Friday night from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for writing tips & tools, free writing & peer feedback

  • Pay as you go




Every Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Drop in and find a cozy space

to write on your own. Choose from our Medieval Castle, Magical Common Room, Jane Austen Salon or English Kitchen.


(Based on availability)


Writing Workshops


Writing from the Heart

Wednesdays starting in April

4:15- 5:45 pm

Learn the building blocks of fiction-writing, including character development, establishing place, and writing dialogue, while responding to imaginative poetry and story prompts

with Lori Kase


Writers Lab

1st & 3rd Fridays 

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Advanced creative & nonfiction writing workshop for students in grades 6 - 12.  Admission by teacher recommendation only.


Rolling admissions.

$175/six weeks  

with Dawn Metcalf

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Creative Writing

Tuesdays (ages 10 - 13)

10:00 am - noon

Thursdays (ages 7 - 9)

2:30 - 4:00 pm

Learn to love creative writing with fun writing games and prompts!


with Pamela Goulardt


Creative Writing



Are you looking to switch up 

your daily classroom routine?


Bring your class to The Storyteller's Cottage in Simsbury and enjoy


Creative Writing Classes

taught by local authors


Immersive Mystery Rooms

set in historically accurate spaces


Inspirational Class Spaces

available for you to rent and lead your own lessons



We offer a unique opportunity for local English, literature and history classes to step outside their familiar classroom walls, immerse themselves in inspirational settings and learn from talented local authors. 


Our Creative Writing Retreats include three customizable classes, each led by a different author. Let us know what topic you are currently discussing in class and we will create a corresponding schedule. 


Give us a call (860-877-6099) or send us an email 

and we will create a fantastic lesson for your class of up to 24 students.



Sample Schedule


9:30    Fantasy World Building with JP Behrens

             in the Medieval Castle Room


10:30  Writing Historical Fiction with TJ Banks

             in the Jane Austen Salon


11:30  Getting Published with Lisa Acerbo

             in the Jules Verne Library



Cost: $30 per student

Includes three 50-minute classes


Topics can be customized to your current lesson plan & books.

Students are divided into groups of 8 and will rotate through all 3 classes during their 3 hours on site.

Minimum of 4 students per room and maximum of 8 (for a total of 24 at any one time). Classes are welcome to bring their lunches and eat on site after their lessons. Available Tuesday - Friday mornings

Inspirational Room Rentals

Wouldn't you love to teach a class in a medieval castle room, hidden behind a secret bookcase door? Or in a magical common room, inspired by Harry Potter? Or in an elegant Regency Salon or Steampunk Library?


Choose your favorite lesson, bring your students and your materials, and teach here at the Cottage. A change of scenery is guaranteed to reinvigorate your students' enthusiasm, and our immersive and historical rooms will spark their creativity! 


Prices start at just 

$15 an hour


Click here for more information or call (860) 877-6099


750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT | (860) 877-6099

© 2019 by Storyteller's Cottage LLC. All rights reserved.


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