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 11-15)

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
April 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15
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.
Suggested donation: $75 or let us know what you can pay! Class offered at no charge to qualifying students. Limited to 10 participants.

Limited to 10 participants.
Suggested Donation: $75 or let us know what you can pay.


Flash Fiction (ages 10-12)

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
April 25 – May 30
with Lisa Hartsgrove

Do you enjoy short stories? Have you ever heard of Twitter fiction? This course is designed for all writers―from the shy to the experienced. Looking at published examples, we discuss what flash fiction is and what each of us appreciates about it (or not) and why. Then we create our own stories through prompts, exercises, and brainstorming. Often students ask if they are “allowed” to write about something different from the prompt. We always say, “anything you want!” Rejecting the prompt is half the fun. Be inspired! Here’s your chance to write YOUR story in whatever format you choose, all while in a safe, supportive environment.


Flip It (ages 12-15)

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
April 26 – May 31
with Lisa Hartsgrove

It’s easy to tell your own story, but what about viewing that same scene from a different lens? How would the story change? What would the focus be? This class is all about playing with perspective, telling stories through eyes outside ourselves, from first person to third person, from fictional characters to real people to celebrities to inanimate objects. Round out your stories by exploring the transformations that happen when you take on different angles, opposite perspectives, and new points of view.


The Book Project (teens)

Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
with Vivian Parkin DeRosa

The Book Project is a writing group for teens writing novels, poetry collections, memoir, nonfiction, short story collections, or other book-length projects, and for teens who are 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 mistakes and triumphs in writing. In The Book Project, you find inspirational writing prompts, new friends, feedback, food, and refreshments. Join a 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.


Project Write Now reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class, camp, or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unfortunate case an event is canceled, Project Write Now will issue a full refund of the fees paid.