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.

Heroes & Villains (ages 7-10)

with Joy Newcomb
Summer Camp: July 10 – July 14
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Who said Superman has to be good? What would happen if Sleeping Beauty woke up and decided she didn’t like the prince? We’re all familiar with our beloved classic fairy tales or superhero adventures. Now it’s time to turn those stories on their heads, giving them a modern twist (gothic, mythical, fantastical, etc). During this camp, we take a look at the story arc and characters of these tried-and-true tales and deconstruct them into a fractured fairy tale or comic book. Let your imagination and creativity run wild and dream up different endings, settings, characters, or plots for your favorite stories. Or think of a brand-new super villain to wreak havoc on a Gotham-like city. Happily-ever-afters not guaranteed…

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Girls Write Now (ages 9-11)

with Samantha Strauss & Julie Ford, LAC
Summer Camp: July 17 – July 21
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

What makes being a girl awesome, and sometimes awesomely tough? During this camp, we have meaningful conversations about what it means to be a girl in today’s challenging society. Then we take that “talk” and write about it, 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, taking into consideration the medium (Instagram, texting, journaling, notes, letters, and speeches, for example). Sharpen your writing skills using topics that matter to you.

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Pen Pals (ages 7-10)

with Colleen Doogan
Summer Camp: July 24 – July 28
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There is something innately fun about sending and receiving letters, something special about putting them into the post office box and knowing they will be delivered by the mail carrier. This camp focuses on the art of letter writing. In a letter, you can take time to think about what you want to say. You can keep letters to read again and again. You can admire the handwriting and share dreams and thoughts. In this camp, we discuss different styles of letter writing and we write imaginary letters and real letters to ourselves, to our family and friends, to fictional characters, and even to pen pals we haven’t yet met. Writing letters encourages good social skills, asking for information politely and responding with thoughtful replies. Make new friends and spark conversations through the art of letter writing.

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Storybook Studio (ages 7-10)

with Samantha Strauss
Summer Camp: July 31 – Aug 4
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

You are an author, you just might not know it yet! In this camp, we take students 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, students write, revise, and edit, until they are ready to illustrate their final draft. This is a great opportunity for students to let their creativity and passion shine through their words and drawings!

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Animal Tales (ages 7-10)

with Samantha Strauss
Summer Camp: Aug 7 – Aug 11
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Who doesn’t love reading animal and pet stories―and 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 setting for our animal characters. Use your love of animals and your imagination to tell funny, adorable, or true stories.

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Imagination Blast Off (ages 7-10)

with Colleen Doogan
Summer Camp: Aug 21 – Aug 25
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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 a passage from a book, listening to your favorite song, examining a photo. Through creative prompts, role playing, games, and more, we help you create and explore stories filled with intriguing characters―even yourself―and adventures for them to go on.

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Songwriting Studio (ages 9-13)

with Mimi Cross
Summer Camp: Aug 21 – Aug 25
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Are you a music lover who wants to experiment with writing songs? Participants in this camp are encouraged and supported to storytell to music. We listen to our favorite songs―analyzing lyrical structure, theme, and literary devices―while also learning about melody, chord progression, and mood. Participants work individually and as part of a group to create their own original music. Songs will be written; fun will be had! Prior experience singing and songwriting is not necessary and imagination is encouraged.

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Project Write Now reserves the right to change class or camp instructors if necessary.

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.