For Teens

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 students—the student who loves to write and the student 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 teen. Please give us a call at (908) 675-0467.

We also run private writing groups and provide one-on-one tutoring. We will match your teen with the instructor best suited to help him/her achieve his/her writing goals.

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

Girls Writing Group (ages 12-15)

Saturday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
May 19
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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July 2, 3, & 5

TEEN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (ages 13-18)

Teaching Assistant 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (July 2, 3, & 5)
The Interview Project 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (July 2 & 3)
with Lisa Hartsgrove & Kristin Brons

We invite teens to apply for our summer internship program. We offer two different tracks, both of which require training.

Teaching Assistant || 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.

The Interview Project || 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 be housed in the Red Bank Public Library and given 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 or before June 15.

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July 9 – July 13

INK IT UP! (ages 11-14)

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
with Lisa Hartsgrove

Are you ready to see where your imagination can take you? In this camp, we stencil, color, and freewrite to fun prompts—exploring the ideas that tug at us, the concepts that intrigue us, and the thoughts that stir us. Your journal becomes a vehicle for all of these thoughts, emotions, and big ideas. Then we show you how to take what’s in your journal and turn it into a story, poem, and even art photography, staging pages in creative ways to post on our Instagram account. We also collaborate, combining our best work in a sketchbook that we send off to live forever in the Brooklyn Art Library as part of its “Sketchbook Project.” Using a variety of writing styles and techniques, we make sure what we want to say comes across clearly and with power. We write and share our posts to make change, and we build confidence in ourselves while doing so.

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

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July 16 – July 20

YOUR VOICE MATTERS (ages 11-14)

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
with Christa Teter

Given today’s challenging climate, your voice―and what you think about controversial topics―matters now more than ever. This camp is designed to give you the skills and tools you need to report facts infused with opinions in a powerful way to effect change. Analyzing a diverse array of contemporary voices, we discuss what social activism journalism is. Then we explore different forms your writing can take―opinion pieces, letters to the editor, social media and blog posts, photojournalism, and more … and we help find the best platform for your voice to be heard, encouraging submissions to local magazines and journals.

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

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July 23 – July 27

GIRLS WRITE NOW (ages 12-15)

1 to 4 p.m.
with Lisa Hartsgrove & Jennifer Shields, M.Ed., LPC

As a girl, what are some of the day-to-day challenges you face? How do you feel about social media, for example? Or drama among your peers? What about pressures in school? During this camp, we have deep discussions about what it means to be a young woman in today’s society. We explore our differences and write about them, developing and strengthening our unique voices. Using a variety of writing styles and techniques, we make sure what we want to say comes across clearly and with power. Write to make change while building confidence and making new friends you can connect with in a meaningful way.

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

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July 30 – August 3

POETRY UNDERCOVER (ages 11-14)

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
with Lisa Hartsgrove

Where does a poem come from? And what can a poem do? This camp is about finding the poetry in everything―from music to news articles to shopping lists. We explore the almost unlimited world of words by using what’s all around us and looking at lyrics, stanzas, and more that speak to us. Inspired, we then write poems that crush with sadness, lift into joy, soar with possibility, or land with a single sentiment. Stretch your creativity and find the forms and style that suit your voice. It’s all about what you have to say, and how you’re going to craft it. Isn’t it time to walk through life with poetry-colored glasses?

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

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August 6 – August 10

SHORT SHORTS (ages 11-14)

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
with Lisa Hartsgrove

This camp is designed for all writers―from the timid to the enthusiastic. Looking at samples of short fiction, we find out what each of us appreciates (or not) and why, and we create our own stories through prompts, exercises, and brainstorming. We use a variety of writing styles and techniques, including “twitter fiction” (140 characters or less) and “one sentence a day” projects that we can continue long after camp ends. We allow time to revise, turning the sentences over until they read just right, and offer opportunities to go public, submitting to Bridge Ink and other literary journals, while also sharing our work on our Instagram account. This is a supportive environment that encourages creativity and helps boost storytelling confidence.

*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 13 – August 17

FANTASTIC VOYAGE (ages 11-14)

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
with Jim McConville

Come take a trip with us to imaginary places with characters you get to invent! With a focus on science and technology —whether space, time travel, or robotics—we will imagine the unimaginable. In this camp, we tap into our creative brains to explore narrative techniques—character, setting, conflict, point-of-view—that make our science fiction worlds believable and our plots compelling. We use storyboarding skills to write, draw, and transform what we know today into a vision for the future.

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

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August 20 – August 24

SONGWRITING STUDIO (ages 11-14)

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
with Mimi Cross

Are you a music lover who wants to experiment with writing songs? This camp provides a safe space where you are encouraged and supported to storytell to music. Prior experience singing and songwriting is not necessary as we nurture your imagination. 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!

*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.