For Children

Writing is one of the most essential skills students can have for success in school and in a career. No matter their life path, students must be able to compose their ideas and insights in a cohesive, coherent, and compelling manner.

Our approach to teaching writing is to engage students through their own interests, enhancing their skills and building confidence in a safe, supportive environment.

Our classes are designed to reach all children—the child who loves to write and the child who struggles to get his or her ideas down on paper (or who says he/she is a bad writer. We are here to change that belief!).

Project Write Now gives students:

  • A safe, supportive environment to express themselves and explore their creative and intellectual curiosity.
  • Ownership of their writing by letting them choose their own topics and set goals for improvement.
  • Experimentation with different styles of writing. Our classes support the Common Core State Standards while also providing experiences in freewriting, fiction, and poetry.
  • Tools to write the way published authors do–through a process of prewriting, drafting, seeking feedback, revising, editing for grammar & style, and publishing.
  • Real-life audiences. In addition to sharing in class, students are encouraged to participate in our writer’s celebrations, enter writing contests, and submit their work to a variety of publications. They also have the opportunity to publish in our literary magazine, Verve (coming soon).
  • The motivation to read a variety of genres outside of their comfort zone and through the lens of a writer.
  • Strategies on how to communicate effectively through tweeting, texting, posting, and blogging. We discuss the importance of social media literacy.
  • A writing community. We believe in the importance of joining with fellow writers to inspire and support each other.

We are happy to help you find the best class for your child. Please give us a call at (908) 675-0467.

We also run private writing groups (four children minimum) and provide one-on-one tutoring. We will match you with the instructor best suited to help your child achieve his/her writing goals.

To download a Scholarship Seat Application for your child, click here.

July 9 – July 13

SUPERHERO MASH-UP (ages 7-10)

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
with Joy Newcomb

We all have characters—good and bad—whom we fall in love with because of who they are and what they do. But what if we could play around with those characters—creating even more imaginative heroes and villains—or mix their storylines? What if Cinderella discovered she had Superman’s physical strength? Or Wonder Woman landed in Agrabah and ran into Aladdin and Jasmine? During this camp, we mash up our favorite characters and storylines and let our imaginations run wild as we reimagine new heroic and fantastical adventures. Look out J.K. Rowling and Jeff Kinney!

*Please register by or before June 29 to hold your spot in the camp.

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July 16 – July 20

IMAGINATION BLAST OFF (ages 7-10)

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Leah Mermelstein

We make writing fun! During this camp, we tap into your imagination, showing you how to turn your ideas from “think to ink.” We show you the importance of having a writer’s notebook to gather your thoughts and let your ideas flow from your pen. Each class provides creative ways to get started―reading from a book, listening to a favorite song, looking at a photo. Through creative prompts, role playing, games, and more, we help you create and explore stories filled with intriguing characters―even yourself―and exciting adventures for them to go on.

*Please register by or before July 6 to hold your spot in the camp.

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July 23 – July 27

ALL YOU CAN WRITE (ages 7-10)

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Colleen Doogan

Have you ever had a cool story idea when you were sitting at the dinner table or walking in the woods or waiting in the lunch line? Don’t let those ideas get lost in the humdrum of everyday life. This camp is all about catching those big thoughts as soon as they come, and writing them in —and on—anything possible. We mean napkins, notebooks, postcards, paper plates, you name it. Have fun exploring your ideas and everything you observe by crafting and revising a variety of pieces—letters, short stories, picture books, songs, comics, poetry, and more— in notebooks and on unique surfaces, for all the times your notebook isn’t handy.

*Please register by or before July 13 to hold your spot in the camp.

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July 30 – August 3

STORYBOOK STUDIO (ages 7-10)

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Leah Mermelstein

You are an author—you just might not know it yet! In this camp, we take you through the process of creating story books, picture books, and comics. We begin by generating ideas using mentor texts and prompts, and then move on to planning by storyboarding, storytelling, and discussing ideas with the group. Next, we write, revise, and edit, until we are ready to illustrate our final draft. This is a great opportunity to let your creativity and passion shine through words and drawings!

*Please register by or before July 20 to hold your spot in the camp.

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August 6 – August 10

ANIMAL TALES (ages 7-10)

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Samantha Strauss

Who doesn’t love reading animal and pet stories? Now here’s your chance to write them! In this camp, we explore all things furry and wild and craft pieces inspired by our favorite animals and creatures: nonfiction expert pieces, fiction stories with animal characters, how-to books about taking care of pets, or opinion pieces on the best animals, for example. We also focus on the techniques needed to create proper settings for our animal characters. Use your love of animals and your imagination to tell funny, adorable, or true stories. Just call us Project Write Meow.

*Please register by or before July 27 to hold your spot in the camp.

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August 13 – August 17

SPORTS WRITING (ages 10-13)

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Jason Kady

Gliding through the air like a bird of prey, Russel Westbrook attacked the rim with a thunderous ferocity … Most of us experience sporting events with our eyes and ears, but not very much through written word. In this camp, you get to capture moments―a bat hitting a baseball, the dribble of a basketball, or the smack of a hockey puck―in a variety of writing styles: creative short stories, informative play-by-play or profile pieces, figurative free verse poetry. Share some of your most amazing sporting experiences and creative ideas while developing a greater sense of voice, style, and figurative language skills. Use this camp to discover a whole new way to appreciate the wonderful world of sports.

*Please register by or before August 3 to hold your spot in the camp.

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August 20 – August 24

SPINNING STORIES (ages 7-10)

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
with Colleen Doogan

Many fiction writers start with a true story and then change the details until the story takes on a life of its own. In this camp, we learn to write fiction that sounds real by taking a thread of truth and spinning it into something more. Maybe you got a new puppy but want to change the way it looks or acts, turning it into a purple candy-stealing monster? Or maybe you got lost at the zoo but instead of an adult finding you, a huge hawk swoops you up into the sky so you can spot your family. Exaggeration is encouraged as we invent new stories with the help of our fantastic imaginations. We write with an eye on scene, plot, character traits, and voice, and have a ton of fun along the way!

*Please register by or before August 10 to hold your spot in the camp.

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SUMMER CAMP REFUND POLICY
1. A full refund will be given when a camp is cancelled by Project Write Now due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.
2. No refunds or credits will be given for any days missed by the participant.
3. More than 30 days’ notice, you will be issued a full refund, less a $25 processing fee.
4. Less than 30 days’ notice, you will be given a full credit for a future camp, less a $25 processing fee.

Project Write Now reserves the right to change class instructors if necessary. Project Write Now reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unfortunate case a class or event is canceled, Project Write Now will issue a full refund of the fees paid. No refunds or credits will be given for any days missed by the participant.