APRIL EVENTS

Visiting Writers Series: Martha Cooley
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Project Write Now invites accomplished writers to Red Bank to read their work, answer questions, and lead a workshop with our writing community. Our first guest writer is Martha Cooley, a novelist and author of short fiction, essays, and translation whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals. Click here for more information.

Writing on the River: a writing retreat for teachers
Sunday, April 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Project Write Now is offering a writing retreat for teachers at the Oyster Point Hotel. Learn more and engage in a conversation about the teaching of writing. Reignite the writer within while invigorating your teaching practice. Open to teachers of all grades. Click here for more information.

WINTER SESSION II

FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

Write Your Story (Ages 9-10) Mondays, Feb 27 – April 3, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Register here.

Flash Fiction (Ages 10-12) Tuesdays, Feb 28 – April 4, 5:3o p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register here.

Songwriting (Ages 8-10) Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register here.

Insta Ink (Ages 12-15) Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here.

Story Magic (Ages 7-9) Thursdays, March 2 – April 6, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Register here.

FOR ADULTS

Memoir Mondays, March 13 – May 1 (no class April 10 & 17), 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register here.

Memoir Writers Studio Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Class Full Register here.

Emerging Writers Wednesdays, March 1 – April 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Class Full Register here.

Body of Writing Thursdays, March 2 – April 6, 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Register here.

SPECIAL CLASSES

Creative Nonfiction (Adults) Tuesdays, Monthly, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Register here.

Social Activist Journalism* (Adults) Tuesdays, March 27, April 3, 24, May 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Register here.

Creative Drum Ensemble* (Ages 11-15) Mondays, Feb 27 – March 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here.

*These classes are offered as part of our Artist-In-Residence program.

Give a class to a child and donate a scholarship seat today.

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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 & 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 dedicated to helping people of all ages become better writers as they gain the confidence, skills, and insight needed to reach their personal, academic, and professional goals. We are committed to building a vibrant writing community that supports, inspires, and motivates.

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  • The “I Love” Epic Poem

    Photo Credit: Christine Enna

    This poem is the culmination of The Red Envelope Project, a community project about spreading love and gratitude as far and wide as it can go. During the month of February, Project Write Now team members handed red envelopes all over Red Bank, N.J., with a piece of paper inside, prompting receivers to add their line of “I love ____” and pass it on. Envelopes poured in for weeks, some coming from as far away as Texas. PWN team members wove those lines into this epic poem, which was read by all who attended our event at Glen Goldbaum’s Lambs & Wolves on March 2.

    I love kisses and hugs.
    I love spending time with my friends, both near and far.
    I love the smell of garlic and olive oil cooking.
    I love sleeping in my bed.
    I love promises of tomorrow.
    I love my new puppy, Eli.
    I love growing acorns into trees.
    I love my mom and dad.
    I love art and photography.
    I love pink frosting on cupcakes.
    I love watching TV with my husband.
    I love to be hugged and kept warm.
    I love seeing my students smile.
    I love eating ice cream with my brother.
    I love where I live.
    I love my family, teaching, and going outside.
    I love mac and cheese and surprises.
    I love playing with my sweet and happy dog, Socks.
    I love going on vacation with my whole family.
    I love jumping into cool water on hot days.
    I love grilled cheese sandwiches.
    I love creating beauty in the world. Read more

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 are also developing 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

  • Social Activist Journalism

    28
    Mar 2017
    Tuesday
    - 7 p.m. -

    Social Activist Journalism
    With Gilda Rogers
    Tuesdays, 7-9pm
    March 27, April 3, 24, May 1

    From social media platforms to local and national newspapers, there are myriad opportunities to voice your opinion about important issues that affect our lives in today’s challenging world. This four-week class is designed to give you the skills and tools to report facts infused with opinions in a powerful way to effect change. We discuss what social activist journalism is, analyzing a diverse array of voices. After taking a look at the basic tenets of journalism, we explore different forms your writing can take–op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, social media and blog posts, and photojournalism. The goal at the end of the session is for you to have a piece ready for submission.

    Suggested Donation: $150 or let us know what you can pay. Class offered at no charge to qualifying students. Please register, select “Pay by Check,” and email info@projectwritenow.org to make payment arrangements.

    REGISTER NOW

  • Visiting Writers Series: Martha Cooley

    01
    Apr 2017
    Saturday
    - 10am-12:30pm -

    Visiting Writer Workshop with Martha Cooley
    Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Our first guest writer is Martha Cooley, a novelist and author of short fiction, essays, and translation whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals. Her first novel, The Archivist, was a national best-seller published in a dozen foreign markets, and her second, Thirty-Three Swoons, was also published in Italian.

    During the workshop, Martha will read and discuss her new memoir-in-essays, Guesswork, which will be published in April (see below). Advanced copies will be provided for registered attendees. The workshop will also include a Q&A, along with writing exercises.

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    About Guesswork:

    Having lost eight friends in ten years, Cooley retreats to a tiny medieval village in Italy with her husband. There, in a rural paradise where bumblebees nest in the ancient cemetery and stray cats curl up on her bed, she examines a question both easily evaded and unavoidable: mortality.

    How do we grieve? How do we go on drinking our morning coffee, loving our life partners, stumbling through a world of such confusing, exquisite beauty?

    Linking the essays is Cooley’s escalating understanding of another loss on the way, that of her ailing mother back in the States. Blind since Cooley’s childhood, her mother relies on dry wit to ward off grief and pity. There seems no way for the two of them to discuss her impending death. But somehow, by the end, Cooley finds the words, each one graceful and wrenching.

    Part memoir, part loving goodbye to an unconventional parent, Guesswork transforms a year in a pastoral hill town into a fierce examination of life, love, death, and, ultimately, release.

    For more about Martha Cooley and her work please visit marthacooley.com.

  • Writing on the River: a retreat for teachers

    02
    Apr 2017
    Sunday
    - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -

    Writing on the River: a retreat for teachers
    Sunday, April 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Put aside an afternoon for YOU:

    • Learn more and engage in a conversation about the teaching of writing
    • Build camaraderie with fellow teachers
    • Share stories of your own life through writing
    • Reignite the writer within while invigorating your teaching practice

    All participants receive a tote bag, a book on writing donated by River Road Books in Fair Haven, and other surprises.

    Open to teachers of all grades.

    REGISTER NOW

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