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.

Creative Drum Ensemble (ages 12-16)

Mondays, Mondays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 19 (No Class Jan. 15 & Jan. 29)
6 to 7:30 p.m.
with Michael Sarin

Using the universal language of music, we engage young people in a group dynamic, promoting individual and collaborative creativity, while also providing an encouraging environment for original artistic self-expression. We begin as a percussion/drum ensemble and then incorporate other instruments, exploring jazz, funk, soul, world music, rock, and pop. We also promote the voice as an important vehicle for expression via spoken word, rap, and singing. Participants share in creative control by contributing their composition ideas. We will look for performance opportunities within Red Bank, adding our voice to its diverse and culturally rich community. Limited to 10 participants.


Teen Writing Group (ages 14-18)

Thursdays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 15
5:30 to 7 p.m.
teen lead, moderated by Lisa Hartsgrove

This group is designed for teens writing novels, poetry collections, memoir, nonfiction, short story collections, or other projects, and for those about to start one. The projects may be in any stage of completion, from a handful of scenes and ideas to near-publication. We meet in a workshop setting to give and receive constructive feedback, advice, and encouragement to help each other move forward with our projects. This is a supportive environment, where everyone is ready to learn and grow from our shared missteps and triumphs in writing. Find inspirational writing prompts, new friends, feedback, food, and refreshments as you join our community of teenage writers who are not afraid to accomplish their dreams. Through plot twists, cliffhangers, and verse, we move closer to finishing, editing, and (hopefully) publishing our works.


Bridge Ink @ The Studio (ages 12-18)

Nov. 28 to May 24
Tuesdays, 4 to 6 p.m.
Wednesdays, 4 to 6 p.m.
Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
with Jennifer Chauhan, Lisa Hartsgrove & Allison Tevald

Do you dream of being published? Do you love passing the time filling pages with words? Here’s your chance to become a part of an exciting editorial process. Bridge Ink @ The Studio provides real-life experience as you imagine, execute, and manage a large-scale project: our online young adult literary magazine, Bridge Ink. Project Write Now’s staff of professional editors guides you through the process of generating original story ideas, revising your work, and polishing for publication. You can write fiction, poetry, personal essay, or anything in between, and receive personalized feedback from our editors. You can also submit art for our monthly ekphrastic challenge, and you can help with layout and suggest ideas for feature stories. This project-based learning experience allows you to see the importance of time management, commitment, and professionalism.


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.