ANNOUNCING OUR 2019 SUMMER PROGRAMS

YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS TEEN SUMMER WORKSHOPS TEEN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

SPRING I CLASSES

Studio Mondays Mondays, Six Weeks: March 4 to April 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. all levels adults
Memoir Mondays, Six Weeks: March 11 to April 15, 7 to 9 p.m. L1 adults
Creative Writing Intensive Tuesdays, Six Weeks: March 5 to April 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. L3 adults
Memoir Wednesdays, Six Weeks: March 6 to April 10, 9 to 11 a.m. L2 adults
FULL Short Memoir Wednesdays, Six Weeks: March 20 to April 24, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. L2 adults
Tween Writing Group Wednesdays, Six Weeks: March 6 to April 17 (No class March 20), 5 to 6:30 p.m. ages 11-13
FULL Memoir Thursdays, Six Weeks: March 7 to April 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. L2 adults
Teen Writing Group Thursdays, Six Weeks: March 7 to April 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m. ages 14-18
Fiction Thursdays, Six Weeks: March 7 to April 11, 7 to 9 p.m. L1 adults
FULL Get Unstuck Fridays, Six Weeks: March 8 to April 12, 9 to 11 a.m. L1&2 adults
KidLit: Picture Books Fridays, Six Weeks: March 15 to April 19, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. L1&2 adults

ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

Creative Drum Ensemble Sunday, March 24, 3-5 p.m. ages 12-adult
Raise Your Voice: Open Mic Thursday, March 28, 6-8 p.m. all ages
Writing on the River: A Spring Retreat for Teachers Sunday, March 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. adults
Playing With Poetry Sunday, April 14, 1-3 p.m. adults
What About an MFA?: A Panel Discussion Wednesday, May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. adults

VISITING WRITERS SERIES

Book Club Meeting Wednesday, March 27, 7-9 p.m. adults
FULL Master Class with Julie Buntin Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m. adults
FULL Master Class with Gabe Habash Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m. adults
Reading & Celebration Saturday, April 6, 4-6 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

  • Q & A with Gravity Goldberg

    We are honored to have author and educator Gravity Goldberg present at our third annual “Writing on the River: A Spring Retreat for Teachers,” to be held Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank. She will speak on the theme of how we can be our authentic selves in and out of the classroom. Gravity is an international educational consultant and author of five books on teaching. She has almost 20 years of teaching experience, including positions as a science teacher, reading specialist, third grade teacher, special educator, literacy coach, staff developer, assistant professor, educational consultant, and yoga teacher. Gravity holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Boston College and a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the founding director of Gravity Goldberg, LLC, a team that provides side-by-side coaching for teachers.

    Our education director, Colleen Doogan, recently interviewed Gravity Goldberg so we could learn a little more about her before she speaks at our retreat.

    Colleen: What do you enjoy most about your job?
    Gravity: Because I’m hired to support teachers with reading and writing instruction, I lead workshops, model lessons, plan curriculum, and offer feedback. What I love most is creating a learning space for teachers to see their students in a different way. I get to bring a new perspective into the classroom, which allows us to let students be our guides. I feel the most successful when teachers trust themselves to make decisions based on what their particular students need next.

    Colleen: What is your writing process?
    Gravity: It depends on the project. Usually an idea gets stuck in my mind and I end up thinking about it, talking about it, and researching it for a while. I’m a big planner. I list and outline. When I begin to draft, I need long chunks of time (like 12 hours). I usually draft a whole chapter in a day and need that sustained time. Since having my son that’s been a challenge, so my process is evolving. I’ve been writing shorter chapters that fit into just a few hours. I’m also a big reviser. I’m OK with throwing out whole sections, rewriting it, and moving things around a lot. I never feel finished so a deadline is how I know I’m done.

    Colleen: Who was most instrumental in helping you publish your latest book?
    Gravity: My editor, Ariel, approached me with the idea, served as a thinking partner, and believed I could actually get it done within a short time frame before my baby was due. Leo was also instrumental because he gave me a clear deadline.

    Colleen: Can you describe a moment in teaching that you will never forget?
    Gravity: One year when I was teaching third grade, Harry Potter was new and popular and I used it as a theme for giving students their writing notebooks. I had all the notebooks in a large box, and I pretended that it was like the sorting hat. I held each notebook, put it to my ear, and pretended it was telling me who it was meant for. I called the student’s name and the class cheered. I said to the class, “Your notebooks have been waiting for you. Go write.” I still remember the level of student engagement and the excitement they felt to begin writing.

    Colleen: What does a day look like when you are not working?
    Gravity: As a new mom, my days are filled with playing, reading books, going for walks, and changing diapers. I find moments to listen to audiobooks and podcasts. After 7 p.m., when Leo goes to sleep, I spend time with my husband and try to catch up with emails and work.

    Colleen: What is a favorite book from your childhood?
    Gravity: The Nutcracker, by E.T.A. Hoffmann, because my dad used to read it to me every year at Christmas. It had gorgeous illustrations and a magical story.

    Colleen: What is a quote you tend to live by?
    Gravity: Be here now.

    Colleen: What would be one word that you would use to describe yourself?
    Gravity: Purpose-driven.

    Colleen Doogan is the education director and a writing instructor at Project Write Now. Gravity Goldberg is an international educational consultant and author of five books on teaching.

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

  • Writers Showcase & Open Mic (adults)

    21
    Mar 2019
    Thursday
    - 7 to 9 p.m. -

  • Creative Drum Ensemble (ages 12-adult)

    24
    Mar 2019
    Sunday
    - 3 to 5 p.m. -

    Creative Drum Ensemble (ages 12–adult)
    Sunday, March 24
    3 to 5 p.m.
    with Michael Sarin

    Using the universal language of music, we engage adults and young participants in a group dynamic, promoting individual and collaborative creativity, while also providing an encouraging environment for original artistic self-expression. We explore hand drums as well as other percussion instruments, using the rhythms of jazz, funk, soul, world music, rock, and pop. We welcome and encourage any and all who play other instruments to bring them so we can incorporate them into the group. We also promote the voice as an important vehicle for expression via spoken word, rap, and singing. No musical experience necessary. Limited to 12 participants per class. Pay per class – $20 adults, $10 children.

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  • Book Club Meeting (adults)

    27
    Mar 2019
    Wednesday
    - 7 to 9 p.m. -

    The Writers Institute is very excited to announce the formation of our Book Club. “Why the excitement?” you may ask. “Book clubs are a dime a dozen.” That’s true, my reading friend. However, the Writers Institute’s book club is unique because after we read and gather informally to discuss the book, we then get a chance to meet the authors and ask them questions directly about their books and writing processes.

    And to add to the excitement, to kick off our Book Club, we are starting with not one but TWO books: Marlena, by Julie Buntin, and Stephen Florida, by Gabe Habash. Read one or both and join us to discuss. Why did we pick these two books? Because they’re outstanding—and the authors are married! Check out The Millions article: “Two Writers, One Marriage: The Millions Interviews Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash.”

    What: Book Club Meeting
    When: Wednesday, March 27 (7 p.m. for Marlena discussion, followed by Stephen Florida discussion at 8 p.m.)
    Where: Project Write Now Studio
    Cost: Free

    REGISTER NOW

    Then join us on Saturday, April 6, for our next event in our Visiting Writer Series, PWN’s First Annual Pop-up Lit Fest, with guess who? Our book club book authors, Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash!

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