ANNOUNCING OUR 2019 SUMMER PROGRAMS

YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS TEEN SUMMER WORKSHOPS TEEN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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SPRING II CLASSES

Studio Mondays Mondays, Six Weeks: April 29 – June 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. all levels adults
Memoir Mondays, Six Weeks: April 29 – June 3, 7 to 9 p.m. L1&2 adults
FULL Creative Writing Intensive Tuesdays, Six Weeks: April 30 – June 4, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. L3 adults
Just Write Tuesdays, Six Weeks: April 30 – June 11 (No May 14), 7 to 9 p.m. L1&2 adults
Memoir Wednesdays, Six Weeks: May 1 – June 5, 9 to 11 a.m. L2 adults
FULL Short Memoir Wednesdays, Six Weeks: May 8 – June 12, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. L2 adults
Tween Writing Group Wednesdays, Six Weeks: May 8 – June 12, 5 to 6:30 p.m. ages 11-13
Creative Writing Intensive Wednesdays, Six Weeks: May 8 – June 19 (No June 5), 7 to 9 p.m. L3 adults
Memoir Thursdays, Six Weeks: May 2 – June 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. L2 adults
Teen Writing Group Thursdays, Six Weeks: May 2 – June 6, 5:30 to 7 p.m. ages 14-18
Write Stories You Want to Read Thursdays, Six Weeks: May 2 – June 13 (No June 6), 7 to 9 p.m. L1&2 adults
FULL Get Unstuck Fridays, Six Weeks: May 3 – June 14 (No May 24), 9 to 11 a.m. L1&2 adults
KidLit: Picture Books Fridays, Five Weeks: May 3 – June 14 (No May 24/June 7), 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. L1&2 adults

ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

What About an MFA?: A Panel Discussion Wednesday, May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. adults
Reach Your Writing Goals with a Vision Board Saturday, June 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m. adults

Thank you Monmouth Arts for honoring us with the 2018 Community Arts Education Organization Award in honor of our outstanding commitment to arts education.

Thank you Source Foundation at Red Bank Regional High School for honoring us with the 2017-18 Outstanding Service Award.

Writing transforms lives, not only through the experience of writing itself, but also through the power of sharing our words and stories with others.

Project Write Now is a nonprofit organization offering a range of writing workshops to children, teens, and adults in our studio, located in Red Bank, N.J. In our courses, we focus on the craft of writing, exploring such narrative techniques as characterization, voice, dialogue, and structure, while also providing a safe, supportive environment to experiment and take risks.

Support our Literacy Outreach Program & After-School Writing Studio. In addition to partnering with schools and mission-based organizations to offer writing workshops and services, we also created an exciting, dynamic after-school writing studio for local students.

For more information on any of our programs, call 908.675.0467 or email info@projectwritenow.org.

Our Mission

Project Write Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization transforming individuals, organizations, and communities through writing. By taking a class, you help support our community programs.

Blog

  • Ink It Up! Q&A

    PWN: What do you love about filling up journal pages with ink?

    LISA: There’s something deeply satisfying about filling a page and triple-so about filling a notebook. It feels gratifying, like a job-well-done. Have you ever gone grocery shopping and crossed off each item as you found it? It’s kind of like that, but bigger and more meaningful. You’re not just putting things in a cart to feed your body, but you’re putting words and art on a page to feed your brain, your imagination, your creativity. It’s grocery shopping but for soul food.

    PWN: What’s your go-to doodle?

    LISA: Although I love cats, the images I draw most often are not feline-related. I tend to doodle more floral designs—daisies, roses, lilies. I like drawing them because there’s so much freedom in the way they appear. For instance, daisies have a very different shape than roses. And tulips are often bright pinks and purples while hydrangeas are often pastel. There are so many variations of flowers, so it’s easy to put your own spin on what a flower could look like. I also love images that can be used to fill in gaps (I rarely leave room for white space) such as spiderwebs, eyes, bubbles. And lots of barren trees.

    PWN: What moment in the classroom gets you excited as an instructor?

    LISA: The AH-HA moment! When I notice a shift in a student. When I see the spark go off. For instance, I once had a student who on Day 1 of camp claimed she “was not a writer or an artist.” She took the camp at the (strong) suggestion of her parents and didn’t feel as though she belonged. But by Day 3, she was writing and sharing her work with the group. Somewhere in that three-day span, she developed a confidence in something she didn’t know she had. And I believe that had a lot to do with the group—she saw other students writing and drawing and sharing their work without judgment. She felt safe and welcome, which led to her ability to create and experiment without fear. Her first share (about her struggle to find her identity) was the spark I was looking for—that AH-HA moment. When she could see that we were all learning and experimenting together, she was able to push past her own expectations. I love when I see that bell go off in my student’s head that tells them, “I AM a writer.”

    PWN: Why do you write and draw together?

    LISA: It has always been my understanding that art feeds art. Especially in writing. As writers, we repeat “show don’t tell”—and what is a drawing but a visual representation of a story? I’ve been art journaling most of my life—long before I knew it was called “art journaling.” I still have pages and pages from my high school years where I would both draw and write together. (Sometimes I even bring in old notebooks to show my students.) The first stories I ever wrote were told through drawings, and still, later in life, drawings have helped me express what words can’t always nail down. So I encourage my students to explore their creativity much the same way. We spend time writing, yes, but we also spend time drawing, painting, cutting up magazines, and listening to and learning from one another. It’s incredible to see my students light up when they realize they’re allowed to draw instead of write, or to spend time coloring in the corners of their pages, or to use different mediums like chalk or pastel. Imagine how much you can express when you break down the barriers that box in your art.

    Lisa Hartsgrove is the Program Coordinator & Writing Instructor for Project Write Now.

Community Programs

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We help young people develop the writing and communication skills they need to achieve academic success and personal growth. We offer the following services* to local schools and mission-based organizations:

  • creative writing workshops led by professional writers
  • college essay writing workshops & mentorship
  • narrative therapy
  • professional development workshops

We have also developed an after-school writing program at our studio in Red Bank.

Come join us in our efforts to nurture young voices, develop their writing skills, and build confidence that touches all areas of their lives.

*Qualifying schools may receive these services for free.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

  • Studio Mondays (adults all levels)

    29
    Apr 2019
    Monday
    - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. -

    Studio Mondays
    All Levels
    Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    SIX WEEKS
    April 29 – June 3
    with Allison Tevald

    Start your week off in the studio with focused time to generate writing. A PWN instructor will provide creative prompts and exercises to kick-start your creativity. Use this two-hour block to focus on an existing project or start a new piece. Bring your favorite writing tools or devices. Most of the session is spent composing or revising, with a portion at the end for sharing, questions, or discussion. The format of Studio Mondays is subject to change based on the instructor and style of exercises provided. However, you are welcome to reject prompts and work on your own ideas.

    You can pay as you go for $25 per class or pay $130 for all six classes. If you are paying for all six classes, you must pay by April 25 to guarantee your spot for the entire session.

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  • Memoir (adults levels 1&2)

    29
    Apr 2019
    Monday
    - 7 to 9 p.m. -

    Memoir
    Levels 1&2
    Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m.
    SIX WEEKS
    April 29 – June 3
    with Jennifer Gaites

    If you have thought about writing a memoir but have no idea where to begin, this is the class for you. In a safe, supportive environment, we invite you into the storytelling mindset with guided prompts while also introducing the fundamentals of memoir writing—characterization, voice, setting, emotional resonance—using mentor texts as inspiration. Each week, we come together to discover the stories we were meant to tell and the motivation needed to start and continue our own writing practice.

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  • FULL Creative Writing Intensive (adults level 3)

    30
    Apr 2019
    Tuesday
    - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. -

    Creative Writing Intensive FULL
    Level 3
    Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    SIX WEEKS
    April 30 – June 4
    with Allison Tevald

    In this class, we workshop your writing each week, following workshop rules to analyze and discuss what the writer is accomplishing and how. In addition, you are given a close-reading assignment that will be discussed the following week. Together, we learn from published writers, as well as from one another, how to create engaging, clear nonfiction and fiction stories. Be inspired by fellow writers in the community and push yourself to generate writing at a higher level.

    Application required. Please contact us at wi@projectwritenow.org for submission guidelines.

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