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The following events are FREE to Lab members and open to guests. Guests, to attend an event, you MUST register (and pay, where applicable) in advance. 

 

The Lab grants memberships to writers in need. Would you like to help? All contributions gratefully accepted. Simply add any amount to your payment.

 

 

Regularly scheduled monthly events are FREE to members. Guest admission varies. See below.

Special Events in June

Launch party for Lab member and bestselling novelist Maddie Dawson/Sandi Shelton for her new novel "Let's Pretend This Will Work." Saturday, June 1, 2-4 p.m. FREE! Kindly register above. 

Lab member and Connecticut Press Club President Michele Turk's launch party for her new memoir "What Makes Him Tic?" Tuesday, June 11, 6-8 p.m. FREE! Kindly register above.

Launch party for Diana Sussman's middle-grade mystery "The Neighbors' Secret." Saturday, June 15, 2-4 p.m. FREE! Kindly register above. 

 

Launch party for Lab member and "Just Hit Send" expert Sally Simon for her young adult novel "Before We Move On." Thursday, June 20, 3-4:30. FREE! Kindly register above. 

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Monthly Events

Accountability Write-In every Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m. EST.

Get some work done or get a headstart on the week with this afternoon sprint. Introduce yourself and chat for five minutes, state your writing goal for the afternoon, and then write! All genres welcome. (Only on Zoom. Guests welcome. Guest fee, $10. Register/pay at top of page.)

Speculative Fiction Night-Owl Write-In every Monday, 10-11:30 p.m. EST

Introduce yourself and chat for five minutes, state your writing goal for the evening, and then write! The group rocks with writers of sci/fi, horror and fantasy but all genres are welcome. (Only on Zoom. Guests welcome. Guest fee, $10. Register/pay at top of page.)

Fun and Generative! Writing to Prompts/Fiction every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. EST

We give a prompt. You write like mad for 15 minutes. And then we do it again and again. Three prompts in all equals one delightful first draft. Guaranteed to generate a piece of creative writing! Feel free to stay past 3 p.m. and discuss your piece. Or leave at 3 p.m., return to your life and hang on to your piece to revise later. (Only on Zoom. Guests welcome. $15 to attend. Register/pay at top of page.)

Accountability Write-In every Wednesday, 9-10:30 a.m. EST

Introduce yourself and chat for five minutes, state your writing goal for the morning, and then write! All genres welcome. (In person and on Zoom. Guests welcome. Guest fee, $10. Register/pay at top of page.)

Lunch and learn: Writing Me(moir) Second Wednesday of the month. 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST

Memoirists, essayists and writers of non-fiction prose, share your work, your ideas, your challenges and your lunch in this informal, writer-led gathering. (In person. Guests welcome. Guest fee, $10. Register/pay at top of page.)

Lunch and learn: Writing for kids Third Wednesday of the month. 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST

Picture-book writers, teen/YA novelists bring your questions and share your work, your ideas, your challenges and your lunch in this informal gathering led by Lab member Victoria Sherrow, author of 150+ books and stories for young readers. Victoria is happy to share her wisdom! (In person. Guests welcome. Guest fee, $10. Register/pay at top of page.)

 

Just Hit Send First and third Thursdays, 2:45-4 p.m. EST Will not meet on June 20, as the Lab will host a launch party for Sally's new YA novel! Details above.

Do you have a piece that’s ready to submit but you don't know where to send it? Never fear, Lab member and submission expert Sally Simon will walk you through the process. She spends 15 minutes exploring possible markets, then it’s on to Submittable for dedicated submission time. If it’s your first time, no worries; Sally will show you what to do! (On Zoom. $15 to attend. Guests welcome. Register/pay at top of page.)

Lunch and Learn: First Friday First Pages First Friday of the month. Noon to 1:30 p.m. EST

Getting ready to pitch an agent, editor or publication? Care to read a page or two of your pitch or your creative work aloud to a sympathetic audience? Want to share your hopes/dreams/challenges with other writers and creatives, or to make a friend? Now is the time and place! Celebrate your accomplishments on the page or screen. Ask your peers for advice. Share your writing goals and creative challenges for the month. Connect with your writing community! Feel free to bring your lunch or pick up something at one of the awesome restaurants nearby.

(In person. Guests welcome. Guest fee, $10. Register/pay at top of page.)

Lunch and Learn: Friday Freelancers Third Friday of the month. Noon to 1:30 p.m. EST

Are you a journalist, content writer or freelance writer of non-fiction who is looking to broaden your market, commiserate with peers or find new contacts? If so, this group is for you! Share your tips and your work with fellow freelancers, run your queries by each other and explore new markets as you all rise together. (In person. Guests welcome. Guest fee, $10. Register/pay at top of page.)

Writers of Color, Third Saturday of the month. 2-3:30 p.m. EST

Are you a writer of color, looking to connect, share tips and challenges, elevate your work and find community? If so, you are welcome at the Lab! (In person. Guests welcome. Guest fee, $10. Register/pay at top of page.) 

Do you enjoy attending our many Lab events each month, but you can only attend virtually? Avoid paying à la carte fees with an All You Can Write monthly pass. Only $100 per month! Cancel at any time for any reason! Sign up info here

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