ANNOUNCING OUR 2019 SUMMER PROGRAMS

YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS TEEN SUMMER WORKSHOPS TEEN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

ADULT SUMMER CLASSES

Memoir Mondays, Six Weeks: July 8 – August 19 (No Class July 22), 7 to 9 p.m. levels 1&2
Creative Writing Intensive Tuesdays, Six Weeks: July 9 – August 13, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. level 3
Memoir Wednesdays, Six Weeks: July 10 – August 14, 9 to 11 a.m. level 2
Short Memoir Wednesdays, Six Weeks: July 10 – August 14, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. level 2
Memoir Thursdays, Six Weeks: July 18 – August 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. level 2
KidLit: Picture Books Thursdays, Five Weeks: July 25 – August 22, 5 to 7 p.m. levels 2&3
Writers Workshop Thursdays, Six Weeks: July 11 – August 22 (No Class July 18), 7 to 9 p.m. levels 2&3

SUMMER SHORTS

Writing Through an Artistic Lens Tuesdays, Four Weeks: July 16 – August 6, 7 to 9 p.m. adults
Beginnings, Middles & Ends Wednesdays, Three Weeks: July 17 – 31, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. adults
Songwriting Intensive Wednesdays, Three Weeks: August 7 – 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. adults

ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

A Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs Monday, June 17, 12 to 1:30 p.m. adults
Reach Your Writing Goals with a Vision Board Saturday, June 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. adults
FULL Online Publishing Workshop Thursday, July 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. adults
PWN @ Catsbury Park Saturday, July 27, 3 to 5 p.m. adults
Wheel of Writing Tuesday, August 13, 7 to 9 p.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

  • The Power of Visualization

    by Jennifer Chauhan

    As much as I love words, my mind operates in images. When I was a little girl, movie reels of stories from my imagination played constantly in my head. As I got older, the images became visions of where I wanted to go and who I wanted to become. In high school, I pictured myself as a journalist sitting in an office with huge glass windows, a file of stories to be edited, and a comfy swivel chair. That vision came true when I was 24 and working as managing editor of a national magazine in Washington, D.C.

    I didn’t know at the time that there was a concept for what I was doing: visualization. And that there was a whole theory in psychology around its power to manifest a desired outcome. I just knew my image-filled mind was guiding me forward in my career.

    About six years ago, I had a vision of Project Write Now. A space where people of all ages and diverse backgrounds could take classes and write and share their stories. Where we would offer services to those who could not afford to pay by offering community outreach programs.

    The studio was so clear in my mind—industrial style with exposed pipes and brick walls in a cool location—that when a friend showed me a photo on her phone of an office space in Red Bank for rent, I took it on the spot. Our space on Bridge Avenue was exactly what I had been seeing in my mind.

    Visualization is a practice used by many high achievers—from world-class athletes to top business executives—to reach their goals. Athletes will do a mental run-through of their actions (swinging a golf club, kicking a soccer ball into a net, running a race) before the event. Research has shown that this mental practice can be as effective as a real practice because the same regions of the brain are stimulated.

    Studies also show that the brain does not distinguish between a real memory and an imagined one. If you hold the image of a desired outcome in your brain and feel the emotions that go along with it, your brain chemistry changes as though the experience were real.

    Visualization trains our brains, alerting it to what’s important and what to focus on. We then have an inner guide (an internal GPS) directing us to make choices toward our goals while also providing motivation, boosting confidence, and fostering creativity.

    Along with visualization, I’ve made a habit of writing down goals in “I AM” statements, declaring them to be truth. In the fall of 2014, I wrote the following in a word doc titled “This Is My Life” and then forgot about it. In addition to some personal goals, I wrote:

    I AM the Executive Director of Project Write Now. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children, teens, and adults become better writers. We run classes out of our studio in Red Bank and have a staff of five people. We also provide literacy outreach services nearly every day after school to many schools and mission-based organizations. We are changing lives through writing.

    At the time, PWN was only a few months old and had only one adult class of three students. We had no outreach programs and had not as yet applied for our 501(c)(3) status. But every day, I held onto the vision of classes packed with students (adults, teens, and children) as well as partnerships with local schools and organizations. I felt the energy and vibrancy of a thriving writing community. And year by year, PWN grew into what I had envisioned. Today, we have about 10 adult classes running every six weeks, 10 to 14 weeklong programs for youth and teens each summer, and partnerships with dozens of local schools and organizations. And we have about 20 part- and full-time staff members.

    I remember one day walking into the studio during our after-school program for teens. The room was so crowded students were sitting on the floor, Chromebooks on their laps. I heard the tapping away on keyboards and the easy-going laughter as students shared ideas and stories. A surge of awe and love rushed through me.

    “This is really happening,” I thought.

    So what, you may ask, do visualization and “I AM” statements have to do with writing?

    Visualization may be the easiest exercise you can do on your path to your writing goals. And you’re already primed because the construction of a mental image is a lot like writing.

    Hold the image in your head as if it’s happening in real time. What does the scene look like? Can you incorporate other senses—what are you hearing, smelling, touching? Even more important, what are you feeling?

    Can you picture the cover of your book? The color, the font, the graphics?

    Can you see your book listed #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list?

    Now imagine yourself in your favorite bookstore about to give a reading. Your books are piled high on a table ready to be signed, and the audience is filled with friends, family, and fans. How are you feeling? Better yet, the next time you’re in that store, find the spot and recreate that vision and emotions.

    To concretize their mental visions, a lot of writers and other creative types use vision boards. You can cut out photos and words from magazines, add personal photos, write positive messages and “I AM” statements, and then arrange them collage style on a poster or foam board. Not only will you have spent quality time immersed in thinking about and depicting your goals, but you will also have a tangible representation that you can look at for a few minutes each day. I’ve even taken a photo of my vision board to glance at throughout the day when I’m not home.

    For me, the key component of making any visualization come true is the feeling that it’s already happened—and with that comes gratitude. When I visualize what I want, I experience the emotional reactions of excitement and joy, but I also feel incredibly grateful for what I’ve accomplished. And I declare this gratitude out loud.

    But perhaps the best part about visualization is that it’s ongoing and always evolving. Just as one goal is achieved, I begin imagining the next. So what’s currently on my professional vision board? For a while, the PWN team has been focusing on how we need more space to run more programs, trusting that when the time is right the space will present itself.

    And it just so happens that come early next year, we will acquire the office next door.

    Jennifer Chauhan is co-founder and executive director of 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

  • A Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs

    17
    Jun 2019
    Monday
    - 12 to 1:30 p.m. -
  • Reach Your Writing Goals with a Vision Board

    22
    Jun 2019
    Saturday
    - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. -

    Reach Your Writing Goals with a Vision Board
    Saturday, June 22
    9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    Project Write Now Studio
    with Elizabeth Jannuzzi & Lisa Hartsgrove

    If you envision it, you can achieve it!

    What’s your dream?

    • Your book title on The New York Times Bestseller List?
    • Being interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air?
    • Invited to speak at a Writing Conference in Hawaii?

    Whatever your writing goals, it has been proven that visualizing your dreams and committing them to paper helps you attain them. Join us for a fun morning workshop during which we get creative and build our vision boards together. We cut, we glue, we laugh, and we get inspired! And, of course, there’s coffee and treats!

    REGISTER NOW

  • Teaching Assistant Intern Training (ages 15-18)

    08
    Jul 2019
    Monday
    - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. -

    Teaching Assistant Intern Training (ages 15-18)
    July 8 – 10
    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    with Lisa Hartsgrove

    During this internship, you assist with teaching writing to groups of children in our summer programs under the supervision of one of our instructors. During the training, you learn how to design lesson plans based on what you love about writing. You are then given the opportunity to teach throughout the summer. This is an unpaid internship, but you can receive community service credit for your participation. To apply, fill out this application and send it to info@projectwritenow.org by June 15. Limited to 18 participants.

    REGISTER NOW

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