Writing Workshops



Meet online via Zoom


Learn the secrets of writing a screenplay that will get noticed! In this intermediate class, explore the basics of visual storytelling, create characters, structure, story arc and conflict, discuss dialogue and voice, and most importantly, learn the correct way to format a screenplay (potential producers will not read a screenplay that is formatted incorrectly).


Instructor: Pamela Perry Goulardt is a produced screenwriter, Laurel Award Winner

and LIFE magazine award-winning photographer

COST: $250 for 8 weeks

MEETS April 5, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

3:00  - 4:30 pm on Zoom



If you have a desire to make writing your memoir or novel a priority in 2020, this collaborative workshop will provide you the necessary guidance, structure, and writer’s tools. In this 6-week workshop, you’ll learn how to draw upon your life experiences to write your memoir or to craft fiction from your imagination.


Instructor C. Flanagan Flynn is a Pushcart-Prize nominated writer and the editor of Centered: The magazine of personal stories. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Memoir Magazine, Brain Child Magazine, Brain Teen Magazine, and The Hartford Courant. 

COST: $250 for 6 weeks

MEETS April 16 - May 21

6:00 - 8:00 pm on Zoom



Watch video recordings at your convenience

Writing Workshops


Filmmaking for Kids 

Sundays Apr 5 - May 31

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Get hands on experience with visual storytelling as you learn all about filmmaking and tv writing! Expand your love of storytelling by learning the writing, photo, and artistic skills to inspire and create visual stories for small video and big screen magic!

with Pamela Goulardt

Writing From the Heart 

Wednesdays Apr 15 - May 20

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Children will learn the building blocks of fiction-writing, including character development, establishing place, and writing dialogue, while participating in fun writing activities and responding to imaginative poetry and story prompts.

with Lori Kase

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Creative Writing

Thursdays (ages 7 - 9)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn to love creative writing with fun writing games and prompts! Meets via Zoom.


with Pamela Goulardt


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



Thursdays on Zoom 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 Thursday nights from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for writing tips & tools, free writing & peer feedback 

  • Network with fellow writers at public "Night Writers" events (your admission is free)

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


BRONZE LEVEL- $7 each Meeting

  • Drop in any Thursday 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, Alice in Wonderland Tea Room or English Kitchen.


(Based on availability)


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. 



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

© 2020 by Storyteller's Cottage LLC. All rights reserved.


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