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About Us

The Fairfield County Story Lab was established in 2019 by writers, for writers. We appreciate community; a clean, safe and reliable space; the respectful, meaningful exchange of ideas; a place to learn, grow and thrive with other writers; and free coffee and WiFi. 


Co-founder Carol Dannhauser is a journalist and editor whose work crosses many genres and mediums. Co-founder Diane Salerno is a poet, essayist and property expert who directed the Fairfield University Accelerator and Mentoring Enterprise, an incubator for start-ups.

If you can't find Carol writing at the Lab, she is either on assignment somewhere, or teaching, or eating at one of the amazing restaurants within walking distance of the Lab.

If you can't find Diane writing at the Lab, she is working on a real estate deal, or coming to the rescue of somebody with a start-up.

We are located at 85 Mill Plain Road, Suite F, in Fairfield, CT, which is in the Sportsplex complex. (We're between two awesome neighbors: Golf Lounge 18, which serves fabulous cocktails and the best egg and cheese sandwich around, and Synergy Yoga, the best spot to work out those kinks after two hours at the keyboard. The best coffee house in the world, Candlewood Coffee, is a couple of storefronts away.) Our space is ADA accessible and LGBTQ+ welcoming. We're a block from the train station and a quick walk to the bookstore, library and fabulous places to eat, drink and enjoy live music.

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