Project Write Now Presents… CringeFest!

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7 p.m.

What’s CringeFest? It’s when the adult writers of Project Write Now share their most embarrassing, intimate moments from their tween/teen years by reading their diaries, letters, and poems. Not only for our enjoyment but also for a good cause*. Think the Moth meets My So-Called Life.

We will laugh and we might cry, but we will definitely cringe! This special evening will be hosted at the West Side Eatery, 2 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, (formerly The Danish Cafe), and includes live music by Kül d’Sack (Chris Jannuzzi and Richard Morris), who will play the tunes you used to listen to when driving around in your parents’ station wagon. Cost: $26 (includes wine/beer; select menu items available for purchase)

*All proceeds benefit Project Write Now’s Bridge Ink @ The Studio, which provides real-life publishing experience for teens. Read more about Bridge Ink here.

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Workshop with Melissa Febos!

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Next up in our Visiting Writers Series is Melissa Febos! Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including Tin House, Granta, The New York Times, The Guardian, Poets & Writers and many more. She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, Anderson Cooper Live, and elsewhere. Her essays have twice received special mention from the Best American Essays anthology and have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers.

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, Melissa will read from her recently-published essay collection, Abandon Me, answer questions, and lead us in a writing exercise. For more information, click here.

Please join us as we listen to and learn from Melissa Febos.

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For Children & Teens:

Fiction Friction (ages 8-11) Mondays, 5 to 6 p.m. STARTS JANUARY 22
Creative Drum Ensemble (ages 12-16) Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. STARTS JANUARY 8
Teen Writing Group (ages 14-18) Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. STARTS JANUARY 11

For Adults:

Just Write (L1) Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. STARTS JANUARY 9
Get Unstuck (L1) Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m. STARTS JANUARY 12
Short Memoir (L2) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. FULL
Emerging Writers (L2) Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. FULL
Memoir (L2) Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. STARTS JANUARY 11
Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (L3) Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. FULL
Poetry & Prose (ALL LEVELS) Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m. STARTS JANUARY 18
Creative Drum Ensemble Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. STARTS JANUARY 8

*You must register at least 48 hours in advance for one-day workshops.

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.

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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.

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  • Why Kids Need to Joy Write

    By Colleen Doogan

    As someone who has loved writing since I was a little kid, I used to imagine my own children—now ages 12, 11, and 9—walking around with decorated notebooks in hand, ready to scribble down story ideas. Or bumping into walls because their heads were buried in books. But, no such luck.

    I’d wonder, “What am I doing wrong? Why don’t they love reading and writing like I do?” After all, I am a literacy teacher and writing advocate, so why don’t my kids love writing?

    Thankfully, I have a writing mentor who has shed some light on my frustration. In his latest book, Joy Write, acclaimed author and educational consultant Ralph Fletcher explains that “… today kids aren’t developing a love of writing. They’re just not. We can do better. We have to do better.” I agree. But how is the big question. Read more

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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

  • Fiction Friction (ages 8-11)

    22
    Jan 2018
    Monday
    - 5 to 6 p.m. -

    Fiction Friction (ages 8-11)
    Mondays, Jan. 22 to Feb. 19
    5 to 6 p.m.
    with Colleen Doogan

    What makes a good story? How can we use real-life experiences to write more compelling narratives? In this class, we look at story elements from our own lives—characters, setting, plot— and then fictionalize, making sure we ramp up the tension to engage readers. Write about characters who get lost at the zoo, get trapped in their favorite video game, or get left behind on a field trip. Follow in the footsteps of beloved authors such as J.K. Rowling, Jeff Kinney, and Roald Dahl by creating characters to fall in love with and storylines your readers won’t want to see end.

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  • Visiting Writers Series: Melissa Febos

    27
    Jan 2018
    Saturday
    - 12:30 to 3 p.m. -

    Workshop with Melissa Febos
    Saturday, January 27, 2018, 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Next up in our Visiting Writers Series is Melissa Febos! Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including Tin House, Granta, The New York Times, The Guardian, Poets & Writers and many more. She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, Anderson Cooper Live, and elsewhere. Her essays have twice received special mention from the Best American Essays anthology and have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers.

    On Saturday, January 27, 2018, Melissa will read from her recently-published essay collection, Abandon Me, answer questions, and lead us in a writing exercise.

    Please join us as we listen to and learn from Melissa Febos.

    When: 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 27
    Where: Project Write Now, 25 Bridge Avenue, Suite 130, Red Bank, NJ
    Cost: $35 per person *
    * Copies of Abandon Me will be available for purchase at the event.

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    About Abandon Me

    In her critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, Melissa Febos laid bare the intimate world of the professional dominatrix, turning an honest examination of her life into a lyrical study of power, desire, and fulfillment.

    In Abandon Me, Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection–with family, lovers, and oneself. As Febos tentatively reconnects, she sees how lineages manifest in her own life, marked by compulsion and an instinct for self-erasure. Meanwhile, she remains closely tied to the sea captain who raised her, his parenting ardent but intermittent as his work took him away for months at a time. Woven throughout is the hypnotic story of an all-consuming, long-distance love affair with a woman, marked equally by worship and withdrawal. In visceral, erotic prose, Febos captures their mutual abandonment to passion and obsession–and the terror and exhilaration of losing herself in another.

    At once a fearlessly vulnerable memoir and an incisive investigation of art, love, and identity, Abandon Me draws on childhood stories, religion, psychology, mythology, popular culture, and the intimacies of one writer’s life to reveal intellectual and emotional truths that feel startlingly universal.

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