Please email info@projectwritenow.org for more information or to see about being put on a waitlist.

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For Children & Teens:

Whimsical Writing Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Ages 7-9 Begins March 6
Story Hunt Mondays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Ages 10-12 Begins February 26
Teen Writing Group Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Ages 13-18 Begins March 1

For Adults:

Poetry & Prose Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m. All Levels Begins March 15
Just Write Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m. Level 1 Begins February 26
Get Unstuck Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m. Level 1 Begins March 2
The Short Story Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. Level 2 Begins February 27
FULL Short Memoir Wednesdays, 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Level 2 Begins February 28
Emerging Writers Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. Level 2 Begins February 28
Memoir Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Level 2 Begins March 1
Path to Publication Fridays, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Level 2 Begins March 2
Advanced Creative Writing Workshop Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. Level 3 Ongoing

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.


  • 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

Community Programs


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

  • CringeFest

    Feb 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 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.

    Thursday, February 22
    7 p.m.
    West Side Eatery (formerly The Danish Cafe)
    2 Bridge Ave, Red Bank

    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.

    Please email info@projectwritenow.org for more information or to see about being put on a waitlist.

  • Teen Writing Group (ages 13-18)

    Feb 2018
    - 5:30 to 7 p.m. -

    Teen Writing Group (ages 13-18)
    Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    March 1 to April 19 (No Class March 8 or April 5)
    teen lead, moderated by Lisa Hartsgrove

    This group is designed for teens writing novels, poetry collections, memoir, nonfiction, short story collections, or other projects, and for those about to start one. The projects may be in any stage of completion, from a handful of scenes and ideas to near-publication. We meet in a workshop setting to give and receive constructive feedback, advice, and encouragement to help one another move forward with our projects. This is a supportive environment, where everyone is ready to learn and grow from our shared missteps and triumphs in writing. Find inspirational writing prompts, new friends, feedback, food, and refreshments as you join our community of teenage writers who are not afraid to accomplish their dreams. Through plot twists, cliffhangers, and verse, we move closer to finishing, editing, and (hopefully) publishing our works.


  • Just Write (adults)

    Feb 2018
    - 7 to 9 p.m. -

    Just Write (adults)
    Level 1 (Beginner)
    Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m.
    Feb 26 to April 9 (No Class April 2)
    with Lisa Hartsgrove

    Do you want to write but have no idea where to start? Do nerves prevent you from joining a writing class? This class is aimed at the shy, closeted, or new writer. In a safe, supportive environment, we invite you into the storytelling mindset with the help of guided writing prompts. We bring in mentor texts as inspiration―including samples of fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, and more―and we motivate you to start and continue your own writing practice. Every week, we come together to discover the stories we really want to tell and generate ways to get them onto the page. This is a beginner-level, prompt-based course.