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FALL II CLASSES

5 or 6 Week Classes from November to December

Memoir Mondays, Nov. 5 to Dec. 17 (No Class Nov. 19), 7 to 9 p.m. adults L1
Creative Writing Intensive Tuesdays, Nov. 13 to Dec. 18 (No Class Nov. 20), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. adults L3
Just Write Tuesdays, Nov. 6 to Dec. 18 (No Class Nov. 20), 7 to 9 p.m. adults L1
Memoir Wednesdays, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 (No Class Nov. 21), 9 to 11 a.m. adults L2
Short Memoir Wednesdays, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 (No Class Nov. 21), 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. adults L2 Full
Creative Writing Intensive Wednesdays, Nov. 14 to Dec. 19 (No Class Nov. 21), 7 to 9 p.m. adults L3
Memoir Thursdays, Nov. 15 to Dec. 20 (No Class Nov. 22), 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. adults L2 Full
Teen Writing Group Thursdays, Nov. 8 to Dec. 20 (No Class Nov. 22), 5:30 to 7 p.m. ages 14-18
Emerging Writers Thursdays, Nov. 8 to Dec. 20 (No Class Nov. 22 or Dec. 13), 7 to 9 p.m. adults L2
KidLit: Picture Books Fridays, Nov. 9 to Dec. 21 (No Class Nov. 23), 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. adults L1

One-Day Classes

Girls Writing Group Saturday, October 20, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. ages 12-15
Creative Drum Ensemble Sunday, October 21, 3 to 5 p.m. ages 12-adult
How to Submit Thursday, November 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m. @ West Side Eatery adults
Creative Drum Ensemble Sunday, November 18, 3 to 5 p.m. ages 12-adult

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 Ray Brunt, PWN’s Newest Instructor

    by Ray Brunt & Elizabeth Januzzi

    Project Write Now is excited to announce a new addition to our pool of instructors. Ray Brunt has been around Project Write Now for a while now, participating in events such as our Visiting Writers Series and Voices & Verse. Ray received his MFA in Fiction from Sierra Nevada College in 2017. This fall, he is teaching Emerging Writers on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Our Writers Institute community manager, Elizabeth Januzzi, sat down with Ray to get to know him better.

    Liz: Hi Ray! How was your summer?

    Ray: Great! I caught up on some reading I’ve wanted to do. I guess that’s the benefit of so much rain, right? I also took a class at The Writers Studio in New York. I think it’s good to see what various writers programs are up to. I look forward to sharing ideas I’ve picked up with students in the EW class.

    Liz: Would you share with us some of what you’ve read this summer?

    Ray: Sure. I’ve gone back to catch up on some memoirs I’ve wanted to read or revisit such as Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Patti Smith’s Just Kids, and also her more recent, M Train. I always try to read from short story collections, as well. I just re-read J.D. Salinger’s Nine Short Stories, and also read an amazing collection by Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You.

    Liz: You are teaching a class this fall at Project Write Now and you are also on our board. Why Project Write Now?

    Ray: I’ve been interested in what Project Write Now has been up to for some time. After attending many different events and discussing the organization with the founders, I felt this was a group that was committed to doing great things for the community. My love of writing and my previous board and business experience just seemed to be a perfect fit.

    Liz: What can your students expect from your teaching style?

    Ray: First and foremost, I want this class to be fun. If you’re not enjoying class, if you’re not looking forward to coming, then something is wrong. I want to make it interesting for everyone at all levels and provide encouragement and ways for everyone to advance what it is they are trying to do. There will be some writing exercises, reading assignments, workshopping, as well as brief lectures and discussions about what makes for great storytelling.

    Liz: You are working on a series of linked short stories. How is your project coming?

    Ray: It’s a work in progress. I’ve got about a dozen stories teed up, but I still have more editing to do and decisions to make. I’m hoping to get one or more of the stories published in the next year or so.

    Liz: Tell us something about yourself that your students would be surprised to learn.

    Ray: I won an award in high school for the best short story by a high school student in New Jersey and was too embarrassed to go to the awards ceremony.

    Liz: Oh no! We are glad you’ve gotten over your shyness to help lead fellow writers on their writing journeys. See you around the Studio!

    Find out more about Ray’s class, Emerging Writers.

    Ray Brunt is a writing instructor and board member for Project Write Now. Elizabeth Januzzi is the Writers Institute community manager 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

  • Girls Writing Group (ages 12-15)

    20
    Oct 2018
    Saturday
    - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. -

    Girls Writing Group (ages 12-15)
    Saturday, October 20, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    with Lisa Hartsgrove & Jennifer Shields

    As a girl, what are some of the challenges you face? Are you treated differently than boys? How do you portray yourself on social media? Join us in this monthly workshop as we have meaningful discussions about what it means to be a girl. We explore our differences and write about them, developing and strengthening our unique voices. We use a variety of writing styles and techniques to make sure what we want to say comes across clearly and powerfully. We write to make change and build confidence in ourselves while doing so. Make new friends and join in conversations about the challenges of being a young woman in today’s society.

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  • Creative Drum Ensemble (ages 12–adult)

    21
    Oct 2018
    Sunday
    - 3 to 5 p.m. -

    Creative Drum Ensemble (ages 12–adult)
    Sunday, October 21
    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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  • VWS: Master Class with Susan Scarf Merrell

    27
    Oct 2018
    Saturday
    - 12 to 3 p.m. -

    Visiting Writer Series

    Master Class with Susan Scarf Merrell

    Project Write Now kicks off its 2nd Annual Visiting Writers Series on October 27, 2018, with a Master Class led by Susan Scarf Merrell, acclaimed novelist and author of short fiction and essays, whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals.

    When: Saturday, October 27
    Time: 12 to 3 p.m.
    Where: Project Write Now
    25 Bridge Ave., Suite 130
    Red Bank, NJ 07701
    Cost: $85
    Max Enrollees: 12

    Susan Scarf Merrell’s books include A Member of the Family, The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships, and, most recently, Shirley: A Novel, a literary thriller being adapted as a feature film starring Elisabeth Moss and Robert Stuhlbarg. She directs the Southampton Writers Conference, teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton, and is program director (along with Meg Wolitzer) of Book Ends, the year long novel-development program.

    During her Master Class, Merrell will offer a workshop on structure for writers working on book-length manuscripts, emphasizing practical techniques such as reverse outlining and beats to aid in the revision process. For a preview of her unique and innovative method, read her excellent article, here.

    Project Write Now’s co-founder and board chair, Greg Phelan, who is currently enrolled in Book Ends, is delighted to bring Susan to Red Bank to share her enthusiasm and expertise with the Project Write Now community.

    For more about Susan Merrell, visit her web site at: www.susanscarfmerrell.com.

    This class is FULL. Email wi@projectwritenow.org to be the first notified for our next Visiting Writer!

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