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Novelists’ Table

Start, write & finish your novel in 9 months with expert guidance!


  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2
  • June 6
  • July 4 (we may reschedule as a group to avoid the 4th of July)
  • August 1
  • September 5

Have you dreamt of writing a novel but aren’t sure where to start? Have you started a novel but hit a roadblock? Finished a draft but struggling to shape it into a finished manuscript? Whether you have a detailed plot in mind or just the seed of an idea, this workshop is for you. Bring your novel to life one chapter at a time.

Throughout 9 transformative months, we’ll meet biweekly to guide, support, and inspire each other as we transform our novel ideas into reality. This workshop is tailor-made for aspiring novelists and is led by Thought Fox director Lara Ehrlich, an editor with 20+ years of experience guiding writers at all levels and author of the award-winning story collection Animal Wife (Red Hen Press, 2020) and the novel Bind Me Tighter Still (Red Hen Press, 2025).


* Expert Guidance: Embarking on this literary adventure can be both exhilarating and daunting, which is why this workshop places a premium on expert guidance. Lara Ehrlich and guest instructors will share invaluable tools and strategies for kickstarting your novel-writing journey and staying motivated.

* Take a Deep-Dive Into Craft: This workshop will empower you to tackle everything from character development and plot intricacies to pacing and storytelling techniques.

* Create Community: Forge meaningful connections with kindred spirits who share your passion for storytelling. Workshop participants will be as dedicated to their craft as you are, creating an instant sense of connection and belonging. Together, we’ll foster a supportive and collaborative writing environment. This is a space where your ideas are celebrated and nurtured. You’ll share your work, your challenges, and your triumphs, and your community will be there to offer constructive feedback, support, and applause for your achievements. The bonds forged in our workshop often extend beyond the program’s duration. Many participants find lifelong writing partners, critique groups, or even friends who share their creative journey.

* Collaborate: Writing is often seen as a solitary pursuit, but our community thrives on collaboration. Engage in discussions, brainstorming sessions, and co-writing endeavors. The collective creativity of the group can spark fresh ideas and novel perspectives (pun intended).

* Meet Your Milestones: Deconstruct your novel into bite-sized portions, setting attainable milestones that ensure consistent progress.

* Constructive Input and Revision: Every novel is as unique as its author. Peers and instructors will provide personalized feedback to help you fine-tune your work as it unfolds, addressing your specific challenges and aspirations. Whether you’re grappling with writer’s block, character depth, or plot twists, your community will be there to help.

* Stay Accountable: Writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes, all you need is a friendly nudge to keep you on track. Our community provides motivation and accountability, ensuring you stay committed to your writing goals. Regular check-ins and shared milestones keep the momentum going.

With each check-in, each deadline met, and each chapter written, you’ll be one step closer to holding your completed novel in your hands. Remember: You’re not just writing a book; you’re realizing a lifelong ambition. Don’t let your dream stay a dream—make it a reality with us.

Your writing family awaits!

I am a national award-winning editor with more than two decades of editorial experience working with clients at all levels, including New York Times bestselling authors. My passion is storytelling in all forms, from resumes and college essays to dissertations, novels, poetry collections, and nonfiction works. I offer comprehensive manuscript critiques, line editing, and coaching to help elevate your writing.

I am the author of the novel Bind Me Tighter Still (Red Hen Press, 2025) and the story collection Animal Wife, which won Red Hen Press’s Fiction Award judged by Ann Hood.

In addition to leading workshops at Thought Fox, I teach at the University of Connecticut and have taught at Bread Loaf Writers Workshop, Yale Young Writers Workshop, Story Studio Chicago, Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, among others.

Learn more about Lara’s services and read testimonials here.

The Velvet Mill

22 Bayview Avenue Studio 16, Stonington, CT 06378
Stonington, CT 06378 US
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Our classes are LGTBQIA+-friendly, anti-racist, and anchored in a disability justice framework; they are open to writers at any stage in their careers, from beginner to established. No one will be turned away for financial reasons. If a course fee is a hardship, please email ThoughtFoxWritersDen@gmail.com