We’re calling it The Writers Loft.

Writers love the light, airy room, and the welcome quiet in the new writing space on the second floor at Arts Escape. Come visit!

Check out our classes HERE and our unique Threads program HERE.

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Conversations in the Loft

with Christopher Schelling, Literary Agent

Christopher Schelling is the founder of Selectric Artists, a boutique literary and talent agency with a roster that runs from well-known bestselling authors to debut writers and illustrators in both fiction and nonfiction. Known as an agent for groundbreaking memoir and YA, Christopher is also interested in innovative, genre-defying novels and narrative nonfiction.

He oversees and nurtures the careers of each client personally, and the editorial process is integral. Prior to opening Selectric Artists in 2011, he spent 13 years at Ralph M. Vicinanza Ltd, an iconic literary agency. Previously he was an editor at Dutton and Harper Collins. Christopher lives in Connecticut with three dogs and his husband, the memoirist Augusten Burroughs.

Thursday September 19, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Register HERE or CALL 203-586-1474

Free for Threads Members / $5 General Public

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FALL CLASSES

Writing Short Stories (4-week class) EVENING CLASS

Learn the basic structure of all stories through the exploration of short stories. This class covers 5-point story structure, which students will use as a template to develop their own stories. During our time together, students will develop and refine a story, as well as be exposed to a variety of short stories to read, followed by in-class discussion. All levels of writers welcome.

Wednesdays September 18, 25, October 2

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Click HERE to enroll or call 203-586-1474

Writers’ Lab (4-week class) NEW DAY

Back by popular demand, in this 2-hour session, students will spend the first hour generating material through timed prompts, and receive supportive feedback from fellow students.  The second hour will consist of working independently on a writing project of student’s choice, with the instructor available for individual consultation, as well as opportunities for continued shared learning. All genres welcome. 

Thursdays September 19, 26, October 3

10:00 to Noon

Click HERE to enroll or call 203-586-1474

21-Day Creativity Challenge

Does the muse evade you? Want to get her on your side? Thinking outside-the-box takes practice! In this 21-day challenge, you’ll explore new ways of approaching old challenges, fire up the creative part of your brain, and open up to seeing things in a new way. Every week in class you’ll participate in fun creativity exercises and go home with assignments to support your new habit in your chosen area of creativity. You’ll also receive support via daily emails from the instructor. Your brain will thank you! Open to all.

Friday October 4, 11, 18

Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Click HERE to enroll or call 203-586-1474



October 16, 23, 30, November 6 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Resigter and details HERE


Beginner’s Mind, Writer’s Mind (Lilly Hill Studio)

Fractured Fairy Tales (Arts Escape)

Flash Fiction (Arts Escape)

Having the Last Word (Writing Your Own Obit) (Arts Escape)

How to Write a Memorable Holiday Letter (Arts Escape)

Telling Your Story - Writing Personal Essays (Arts Escape)

Illustrated Pantoum Poems (Lilly Hill Studio)

Illustrated Villanelle Poems (Lilly Hill Studio)

Illustrated Haiku (Lilly Hill Studio)

Play With Poetry (Arts Escape)

Revising Your Writing (Arts Escape)

Shaping Your Story (Arts Escape)

Telling Your Story - Writing Personal Essays (Arts Escape)

Write Like Crazy (Arts Escape)

Writing Short Stories (Arts Escape)