Summer Camps

Our summer camps are designed to provide students with an intensive, enriching writing experience that not only fosters open creative expression but also helps them develop their writing skills. Here, students can gain confidence and build communication and literacy skills in a safe, supportive environment.

No writing experience is necessary. We would love for you to join us, whether you’ve been writing for years or just want to be part of a unique creative process. Classes are small (eight to fourteen students), and instruction is tailored to the students enrolled.

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


Gain confidence and build communication and literacy skills in a safe, supportive environment…

Week 1: June 26 – June 30

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
IMAGINATION BLAST OFF (ages 7-10)
with Samantha Strauss

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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Week 2: July 5 – July 7

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
TEEN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (ages 14-18)
with Jennifer Chauhan & Lisa Hartsgrove

We invite teenagers to apply for our summer internship program. After a week of intensive, hands-on training, which includes participating in a writing workshop, you can select two different tracks:

  • Teaching Assistant. You will assist with teaching writing workshops under the supervision of one of our instructors to groups of children in our summer programs. During the training, you will learn how to design lesson plans based on what you love about writing. You will then be given the opportunity to teach throughout the summer.
  • The Interview Project. You will 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 that will be housed in the Red Bank Public Library and be given to the participants and their families.
  • This is an unpaid internship, but you can receive community service credit for your participation. To apply, email info@projectwritenow.org for an application.

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Week 3: July 10 – July 14

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
HEROES & VILLAINS (ages 7-10)
with Samantha Strauss

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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1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
INK IT UP! (ages 11-14)
with Lisa Hartsgrove

Are you ready to see where your imagination can take you? In this class, 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 can be 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 own Instagram account (@ink_this_insta). We collaborate, combining our best work in a sketchbook that we send off to live on forever in the Brooklyn Art Library as part of its “Sketchbook Project”. We use a variety of writing styles and techniques to 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.

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Week 4: July 17 – July 21

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
GIRLS WRITE NOW (ages 9-11)
with Samantha Strauss & Julie Ford, LAC

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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Week 5: July 24 – July 28

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
PEN PALS (ages 7-10)
with Colleen Doogan

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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1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
SHORT SHORTS (ages 11-14)
with Lisa Hartsgrove

This camp is designed for all writers―from the timid to the experienced. 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 more, and we begin our own “one sentence a day” projects that we can continue to build upon after camp ends. We allow time to revise, turning the sentences over until they read just right, and opportunities to go public, submitting to literary journals and sharing our work on our Instagram account (@ink_this_insta). This is a supportive environment that encourages creativity and helps boost storytelling confidence.

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Week 6: July 31 – Aug 4

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
STORYBOOK STUDIO (ages 7-10)
with Samantha Strauss

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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1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
GIRLS WRITE NOW (ages 12-15)
with Lisa Hartsgrove & Jennifer Shields, M.Ed., LPC

Sometimes there are conversations that happen much more easily in an environment without boys. During this camp, we have meaningful discussions about what it means to be a girl. How do you portray yourself on social media, for instance? What are some of the challenges you face in school? Drama you might have among your peers? In this camp, 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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Week 7: Aug 7 – Aug 11

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
ANIMAL TALES (ages 7-10)
with Samantha Strauss

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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1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
SLAM POETRY (ages 11-14)
with Lisa Hartsgrove

You have a story to tell, a message to send. Don’t go unheard! In this camp, we are loud and proud with our words. Slam poetry combines poetry and performance into one powerful thing, writing and speaking to move audiences to see things from a different perspective. We watch and listen to current performance artists to be inspired, and we write, practice, and collaborate to perform slam poem(s) of our own style and making. On our last day of camp, we pop-up and perform our original pieces for a community audience, and we include opportunities for future open mics to perform our pieces again and again.

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Week 8: Aug 14 – Aug 18

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
SPORTS WRITING (ages 10-13)
with Jason Kady

Gliding through the air like a bird of prey, Russel Westbrook attacked the rim with a thunderous ferocity… We appreciate sports most when we can participate or watch our favorite teams do battle. 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―the sound of a bat hitting a baseball, the dribble of a basketball, or the crunch of a football helmet―in a variety of writing styles: creative short stories, informative play-by-play or profile pieces, figurative free verse poetry. You share some of your most amazing sporting experiences and creative ideas while developing a greater sense of voice, style, and figurative language skills.

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1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS (ages 11-14)
with Christa Teter

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

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Week 9: Aug 21 – Aug 25

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
IMAGINATION BLAST OFF (ages 7-10)
with Colleen Doogan

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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1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
SONGWRITING STUDIO (ages 9-11)
with Mimi Cross

Are you a music lover who wants to experiment with writing songs? This camp provides a safe space where participants 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 cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class, camp, or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unfortunate case a camp is canceled, Project Write Now will issue a full refund of the fees paid.