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Westport Celebrates Opening Of Fairfield County Writers' Studio

Author Tessa Smith McGovern, co-founder of Fairfield County Writers’ Studio.
Author Tessa Smith McGovern, co-founder of Fairfield County Writers’ Studio. Photo Credit: Facebook

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio officially opens its new location at 10:30 a.m. Friday at 21 Charles St., Westport.

“We are very excited that unique businesses such as Fairfield County Writers’ Studio choose to open in Westport," said First Selectman Jim Marpe. "Our community welcomes them and wishes them much success.”

The studio will offer classes led by best-selling authors such as Jane Green and Linda Fairstein, well-known editors, top literary agents, television pros and publishing and marketing experts, who can help writers start, strengthen, finish and publish their fiction or non-fiction successfully.

Co-founders Tessa Smith McGovern and Carol Leonetti Dannhauser have joined forces to open a space for writers to learn, write and publish. Classes and events will serve writers of all levels, from those who are just beginning to write to professionals eager to develop their career with master classes.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to bring a world-class faculty to Fairfield County,” McGovern said. “Our instructors are high-achieving in their respective fields and understand the art, craft and business of writing. We relish the opportunity to share this deep knowledge and experience with writers in a warm, supportive environment.”

McGovern is a writer and teacher whose short-story collection “London Road: Linked Stories" is an Amazon best-seller and gold-medal winner in the 2012 eLit Awards. Her non-fiction book “Cocktails for Book Lovers” also attained best-seller status on Amazon.

She is the founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing and hosts and produces BookGirlTV, a digital video channel on YouTube. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

Dannhauser is a journalist and editor whose work appears in print, online and television. She has written for the New York Times and dozens of magazines from BusinessWeek to Good Housekeeping, authored four books of non-fiction, produced documentaries for PBS and others, and is a three-time Emmy nominee.

She was selected as a Master Teaching Artist (writing) by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and teaches journalism at Quinnipiac University. She founded the Writers’ Workshop of Fairfield in 2001.

For more information or to sign up for classes, please e-mail or call 203-226-6971.

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