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Come to Our First Ever Overnight Write-In

   Writers: Pack your pillows along with your notebooks and laptops for our Overnight Write-In. 


Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, writers can hunker down at the Fairfield County Story Lab in Westport for a marathon writing session that ends on Sunday, November 10, at 5 p.m.


The 31-hour event celebrates National Novel Writing Month, an annual event in which participants around the globe attempt to write a 50,000-word rough draft of a novel during the month of November.

This event is open to the public. Writers from all genres, fiction and non-fiction, are welcome to the Overnight Write-In. Writers may start a new work, or work on a piece or a book already in progress. Participants do not need to stay for the entire session and may come and go as they please. Writers do not need to be FC Story Lab members to participate, but they must be at least 21 years old.


“We wanted to support NaNoWriMo writers in Fairfield County and beyond who are trying to crank out their drafts. Writing can be a lonely endeavor, and we hope to provide community and support, as well as lots of snacks and coffee,” said Carol Dannhauser, co-founder of the Fairfield County Story Lab, a shared workspace for writers located at 21 Charles St. in Westport.

The Lab offers numerous spaces, including quiet rooms, a café and more, where writers can spread out and work alone, or connect with each other and share stories and strategies. Places to snooze will be available. BYO sleeping bag and pillow. 


Suggested donation to the Overnight Write-In is $20. (Get your ticket here. Select Overnight Write-In.) Walk-ins are welcome. Please note, onsite registration will close at 11 p.m. Saturday and reopen at 6 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Norwalk Education Foundation’s mini-grants for teachers. “Many public school teachers in Norwalk and beyond reach into their pockets for books and classroom supplies and training, and we think they are very deserving partners,” Dannhauser said.


"Mini grants provide much needed funding for teachers and their classrooms," said Marge Costa, executive director of the Norwalk Education Foundation. "NEF is thrilled that the Fairfield County Story Lab is supporting our teacher mini-grants initiative."

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