One-Day Workshops

We are pleased to offer one-day workshops led by PWN staff members on their passions or areas of expertise. Here’s the lineup for the next two months. All of the proceeds support Project Write Now’s community outreach programs.

Raise Your Voice: Open Mic in Partnership with Girl Strong

Thursday, March 28
6 to 8 p.m.
The Grove Lounge, Shrewsbury
FREE

This month, we are joining forces with Girl Strong and the RFH Global Women Empowerment Club for an open mic event, “Raise Your Voice.” PWN will lead with a guided meditation and writing activity and then open the floor for attendees to share their writing.

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Creative Drum Ensemble

Sunday, March 24
3 to 5 p.m.
Project Write Now Studio
with Michael Sarin

Using the universal language of music, we engage adults and young participants in a group dynamic, promoting individual and collaborative creativity, while also providing an encouraging environment for original artistic self-expression. We explore hand drums as well as other percussion instruments, using the rhythms of jazz, funk, soul, world music, rock, and pop. We welcome and encourage any and all who play other instruments to bring them so we can incorporate them into the group. We also promote the voice as an important vehicle for expression via spoken word, rap, and singing. No musical experience necessary. Limited to 12 participants per class. Pay per class – $20 adults, $10 children.

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Over the last twenty-five years, drummer Michael Sarin has been at the center of New York City’s genre-bending jazz and improvisation community. His versatility and musical wit helped forge long associations with forward-looking artists. Sarin performs all over the world–-in major and minor festivals; concert halls famous and infamous, big and small. He can be heard on recent recordings of Frank Carlberg, Mark Dresser, Joe Fiedler, Erik Friedlander, David Krakauer, and Leslie Pintchik. He can also be seen and heard in the newly released documentary, Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song.

Playing With Poetry

Sunday, April 14
1 to 3 p.m.
Project Write Now Studio
with Alfred Encarnacion

Whether you love writing poetry or have been afraid of it your entire life, this workshop is for you! Led by Alfred Encarnacion, published poet and director of Stratford Public Library in New Jersey, we begin by reading select poems, turning them over to understand how the poet engages the reader. Then we use the poems as inspiration to experiment with techniques, style, and theme, pushing past our preconceived ideas of what poetry is while discovering our own creative voice.

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Alfred Encarnacion has taught writing at Temple University and published poetry, short stories, essays, and literary reviews in journals such as Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Indiana Review, North American Review, Paterson Literary Review, and The Virtual Artists Collective (online review). He has won a Wilson Foundation Scholarship Award, a Poets House Scholarship in NYC, and his poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His debut book of poetry, The Outskirts of Karma, appeared in 2012, Ambassadors of the Silenced, his second collection, was published in 2016 by Kelsay Books, and a third collection Precincts of the Passion Dragon is a work in progress. His latest short story, “Sunday Elvis,” appears in the spring issue of the Schuylkill Valley Journal and has also been nominated for a PushCart Prize. He is currently the director of the Stratford Public Library in South Jersey.

What About an MFA? A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 1
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Project Write Now Studio
FREE

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the pros and cons of getting your Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Four MFA graduates will discuss why they chose to pursue an MFA, their experience at their program, and whether or not they think it’s worthwhile. Spoiler alert: The decision is up to you! The panel includes: Lisa Hartsgrove (MFA, Creative Writing, Goddard College), Greg Phelan (MFA, Creative Writing and Literature, Bennington College), Allison Tevald (MFA, Creative Writing, Goddard College), and Tara Tamaino (MFA, Creative Writing, Sierra Nevada).

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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.