Writing Workshops



The Short Story League

Every 1st & 3rd Friday,

7:00pm - 9:00 pm

The Short Story League combines the best parts of a book club with a casual writing group to create a unique forum for reading, writing and appreciating short stories.

with Tracy McKee

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Late Fall Session

Thursdays,  starting Nov 7

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Write a memoir or craft fiction from your imagination.

with C. Flanagan Flynn



Fall Session II

Sundays,  starting Nov 10

1:00pm - 2:30 pm

Learn the secrets of writing a screenplay that will get noticed!

with Pamela Perry Goulardt


Session 1:

Find an Agent

Wednesday, Dec 4

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. Focus on finding an agent in this session.

with Dawn Metcalf


Session 2:

Query Letters

Wednesday, Dec 11

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn to write a query letter that will catch the attention of the publisher that's right for you. 

with Dawn Metcalf


Session 3:

Your Pitch

Wednesday, Dec 18

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


Join us in November for


Thursdays 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Wednesday Nov 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Saturday Nov 30 8:00 pm - midnight

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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

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


Every Friday from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

-Discuss topics relevant to writing novels

-Share goals, feedback & tips

-Find community in an otherwise solitary activity

-Participate in writing sprints & exercises

-Work through personal pitfalls with friends

-Ask questions and help each other grow as writers



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





4th Sundays each month

1:00pm - 2:30 pm

Love Harry Potter? Join us to write fan fiction about our favorite characters, write spells in verse, write Harry's college entrance essay, and much more. 

with Heather Murray

Pay at the door - one meeting

Pay ahead for 4 classes

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Writers Lab

2nd & 4th 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 Tracy McKee

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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


Visual Storytelling

For All Ages

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Fantasy Drawing I:

Wizards & Castles

Friday Nov 15

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join artist Robin Towle-Fecso to learn how to draw the fantastical figures you can see in your mind! (ages 10+)

with Robin Towle-Fecso

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Fantasy Drawing II:

Fairies & Dragons

Friday Dec 13

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join artist Robin Towle-Fecso to learn how to draw the fantastical figures you can see in your mind! (ages 10+)

with Robin Towle-Fecso


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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