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
FULL 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
Songwriting Intensive Wednesdays, Three Weeks: August 7 – 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. adults

ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

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.

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  • Sports Writing Q&A

    Discover your voice and make meaningful friendships! Our Teen Summer Workshops (for 11-14 year olds) provide students with an intensive, enriching writing experience that not only fosters open creative expression but also builds confidence and strengthens communication skills in a safe, supportive environment.

    We would love for you to join us, whether you’ve been writing for years or just want to be part of a unique creative process.

    We spoke with Jim McConville, who is teaching our “Sports Writing” summer workshop (August 19-23, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; ages 10-13), to find out what he loves about writing and sports.

    Read more and register here.

    PWN: What book featuring a sport do you recommend and why?

    JIM: A sports book I would recommend would be The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, by Jane Leavy. Not only do I think the title is so interesting and powerful, but it is a really neat look into one of the most famous and popular American athletes of all time. It provides a look into Mantle’s life outside of baseball that I knew the footnotes to but not really the whole story. A very interesting look at how we worship athletes and celebrities in this country.

    PWN: What similarities do you see between the drama of a story and the drama of a sporting event?

    JIM: I see endless similarities between the drama of a story and the drama of a sporting event. Wondering what the characters will do versus wondering how the athletes will perform, how the ball will roll on a certain day, who will get the lucky bounce. And on top of that, I think there is such a connection that develops between the viewer and the character/athlete. If you are engrossing yourself in a book or a game, it seems only natural to develop a rooting interest for someone or something and be with them until the end.

    PWN: What do you hope your students will take away from this camp?

    JIM: I hope the students leave with an even more attentive, curious, and critical eye than they arrived with. I hope they will continue to notice the smallest details in sports and life and savor those moments in their writing. And I hope they will see, if they do not already, that sports stories are about so much more than sports.

    PWN: What’s your favorite sport to write about and why?

    JIM: My favorite sport to write about is baseball. From Bull Durham to Mickey Mantle to Walt Whitman believing baseball was part of the soul of the United States, I think there is something inherently innocent and wide-eyed and romantic about big grassy outfields and sun-cooked dirt infields. Playing through the summer and ending in autumn—I think there is a metaphor there!

    Read more and register here.

    Jim McConville is a 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

  • KidLit: Picture Books (L2&3) adults

    25
    Jul 2019
    Thursday
    - 5 to 7 p.m. -

    KidLit: Picture Books

    Levels 2&3
    Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m.
    FIVE WEEKS
    July 25 – August 22
    PWN Studio
    with Michele Prestininzi

    Do you have a picture book idea or a working draft? During this five-week course, we workshop drafts of our picture books to get feedback from the instructor and our peers. While we look at the essential elements of picture books—plotting, pacing, and age-appropriate language—we also experiment with different structures—including the classic story, the circular story, the concept story, and the fractured fairy tale—to discover the narrative arc that works best with our story and theme. Immerse yourself in the world of children’s literature while developing and strengthening your own voice and style. This course is recommended for those who completed KidLit: Picture Books Level 1 or for those ready to write/revise full drafts.

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  • PWN @ Catsbury Park

    27
    Jul 2019
    Saturday
    - 3 to 5 p.m. -

    PWN @ Catsbury Park

    Saturday, July 27
    3 to 5 p.m.
    Catsbury Park (708 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park)
    with Lisa Hartsgrove

    Discover the stories you really want to tell! Please join Project Write Now instructor Lisa Hartsgrove at Catsbury Park for a one-day creative writing opportunity designed for both new and seasoned writers looking for inspiration to get into the storytelling mindset. In a safe, supportive environment (with cats) and with the help of guided writing prompts and mentor texts, we motivate you to start and continue your own creative writing practice. Limited to 15 participants. $20 per person, pay at the door.*
    *All proceeds benefit Catsbury Park.

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  • Your Voice Matters (ages 11-14)

    29
    Jul 2019
    Monday
    - 1 to 4 p.m. -

    Your Voice Matters (ages 11-14)
    July 29 – Aug 2
    1 to 4 p.m.
    with Christa Teter

    Given today’s challenging climate, your voice―and what you think about controversial topics―matters now more than ever. This camp is designed to give you the skills and tools you need to report facts infused with opinions in a powerful way to effect change. Analyzing a diverse array of contemporary voices, we discuss what social activism journalism is. Then we explore different forms your writing can take―opinion pieces, letters to the editor, social media and blog posts, photojournalism, and more. And we help find the best platform for your voice to be heard, encouraging submissions to local magazines and journals.

    REGISTER NOW

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