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 15, 7 to 9 p.m. levels 2&3

ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

Reach Your Writing Goals with a Vision Board Saturday, June 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m. adults
Online Publishing Workshop Thursday, July 18, 6:30-8:30 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

  • Girls Write Now Q&A

    We make writing fun! Join us this summer for a creative, enriching writing experience that allows children to explore their imaginations while building confidence and literacy skills.

    We spoke with Jennifer Shields, who is co-teaching our “Girls Write Now” summer workshop (July 22 – 26, 1 to 4 p.m.; ages 12-14) to find out more about why this is a great program for teen writers.

    Register for Girls Write Now here.

    PWN: Why do you think this camp is important, especially now?

    JEN: There are so many layers to the recent phenomena of women speaking out (for example, #metoo). Girls learn at an early age about the inherent dangers of being female in our society. They learn to distrust their environment and guard their feelings. This is the indelible guideline for coming of age. In Girls Write Now, we talk about our intuitive strengths and pick apart the perceived weaknesses our culture has bestowed upon us. Through writing exercises and lively discussions, we examine the big influencers, such as peers, social media (Snapchat, Instagram), school, Netflix, parents, siblings, etc. We gather knowledge and strength through sharing our writing in a positive and encouraging environment.

    PWN: What do you love about having grown up as a girl?

    JEN: What I loved most about growing up as a girl was the intensity and closeness of my friendships with other girls. Liza, Sarah, and Lori—my besties. At that time, girls were allowed much more freedom to love in our friendships. With Girls Write Now, we acknowledge and foster this closeness but also explore ways to support and encourage boys to form similar relationships. I am thankful for the bonds I’ve shared during those difficult years of middle school and high school. I have never laughed as hard as I did with Liza, Sarah, and Lori. Sisterhood—that is what I love about being a girl!

    PWN: What moment in the classroom (in this camp) gets you excited as an instructor?

    JEN: Seeing a bond of friendship quickly form among a group of strangers. To watch girls come in on the first day and apprehensively choose their seat at the table—shy smiles and a pulling inward of their bodies as they await instruction. Lisa and I jump right in with the invitation to write freely, speak freely. We commend them for coming and appreciate the bravery in showing up to a room full of strangers. Every word is confidential and stays within our circle. We give them permission to be seen and heard. By the end of the week, they are talking over one another because they are so excited to share their stories. Their shy smiles have transformed into magnificent grins and their bodies now shake with belly laughs.

    PWN: Why do you write?

    JEN: As an introvert, I am inexplicably compelled to write. So much of my experience of the world takes place internally. Writing—whether journaling, working on my memoir, or putting line fragments together to make a poem—is a major component of my mental health. The process of reflection and a slowing down of the world brings me to a place of calm and understanding. Writing allows me to be a better therapist, wife, friend, and mom. I would be lost without this practice.

    Register for Girls Write Now here.

    Jennifer Shields is a Writing Instructor & Counselor 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

  • 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

  • The Interview Project Intern Training (ages 15-18)

    08
    Jul 2019
    Monday
    - 1 to 4 p.m. -

    The Interview Project Intern Training (ages 15-18)
    July 8 – 10
    1 to 4 p.m.
    with Lisa Hartsgrove

    During this internship, you interview and write stories about people of interest in your community―whoever intrigues you―from your neighbor to a local business owner to the mayor. Inspired by “Humans of New York,” this project has you finding and sharing stories that need to be told, ones that will touch the lives of others. During the training, we teach you essential journalism skills, such as interviewing, selecting important details, and writing a compelling narrative. The goal is to provide completed stories to give to the participants and their families. 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 eight participants.

    REGISTER NOW

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