Visiting Writers Series

Project Write Now invites accomplished writers to Red Bank to read their work, answer questions, and lead a workshop with our writing community. To learn more about our Visiting Writer’s Series or propose an author, please contact PWN’s Writers Institute at

Book Club Meeting

The Writers Institute is very excited to announce the formation of our Book Club. “Why the excitement?” you may ask. “Book clubs are a dime a dozen.” That’s true, my reading friend. However, the Writers Institute’s book club is unique because after we read and gather informally to discuss the book, we then get a chance to meet the authors and ask them questions directly about their books and writing processes.

And to add to the excitement, to kick off our Book Club, we are starting with not one but TWO books: Marlena, by Julie Buntin, and Stephen Florida, by Gabe Habash. Read one or both and join us to discuss. Why did we pick these two books? Because they’re outstanding—and the authors are married! Check out The Millions article: “Two Writers, One Marriage: The Millions Interviews Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash.”

When: Wednesday, March 27 (7 p.m. for Marlena discussion, followed by Stephen Florida discussion at 8 p.m.)
Where: Project Write Now Studio
Cost: Free


Then join us on Saturday, April 6, for our next event in our Visiting Writer Series, PWN’s First Annual Pop-up Lit Fest, with guess who? Our book club book authors, Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash. Details will be announced soon for the half-day of activities, including master classes with the authors, followed by a joint reading/Q&A and celebration at West Side Eatery. We’re very excited. We hope you can make it!

See visiting writers we’ve had in the past…

Readings & Celebration – 12/4/18
Please join Project Write Now for a fun, inspiring end-of-year celebration with three exceptional writers: Melissa Febos, Alex Gilvarry, and Alena Graedon. They’ll mingle, read from their work, answer questions, and give the inside scoop on what it’s like studying creative writing at Monmouth University. Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart, the essay collection, Abandon Me, and a forthcoming second essay collection Girlhood (Bloomsbury 2020). Alex Gilvarry is the author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant and Eastman Was Here. Alena Graedon’s first novel, The Word Exchange, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. More info.

Master Class with Susan Scarf Merrell – 10/27/18
Project Write Now kicks off its 2nd Annual Visiting Writers Series with a Master Class led by Susan Scarf Merrell, acclaimed novelist and author of short fiction and essays, whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals. Merrell’s books include A Member of the Family, The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships, and, most recently, Shirley: A Novel, a literary thriller being adapted as a feature film starring Elisabeth Moss and Robert Stuhlbarg. She directs the Southampton Writers Conference, teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton, and is program director (along with Meg Wolitzer) of Book Ends, the year long novel-development program. More info.

Book Launch Party with Dan Tomasulo – 5/24/18
We’re pleased to celebrate the launch of Dr. Dan Tomasulo’s latest memoir, American Snake Pit: Hope, Grit, and Resilience in the Wake of Willowbrook, which was a finalist in The Southampton Review‘s Frank McCourt Memoir prize. Dan Tomasulo holds a PhD in psychology, an MFA in writing, and is the first licensed psychologist and psychodramatist to graduate from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Dan teaches positive psychology in the graduate program at Teachers College, Columbia University. More info.

Visiting Writer’s Workshop with Melissa Febos – 1/27/18
Next up in our Visiting Writers Series is Melissa Febos! Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including Tin House, Granta, The New York Times, The Guardian, Poets & Writers and many more. She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, Anderson Cooper Live, and elsewhere. Her essays have twice received special mention from the Best American Essays anthology and have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers. Melissa will read from her recently-published essay collection, Abandon Me, answer questions, and lead us in a writing exercise. More info.

Visiting Writer’s Workshop with Heather Harpham – 9/30/17
We’re pleased to welcome Heather Harpham as the next author in our Visiting Writers Series. Heather will give a lively, insightful writing workshop with physical exercises to spark your imagination and inspire your own work. Heather will also read and discuss her widely reviewed new memoir Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, which was chosen for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers series and Reese’s Book Club. More info.

Visiting Writer’s Workshop with Martha Cooley – 4/1/17
We’re pleased to welcome Martha Cooley as the first author in our Visiting Writers Series. Martha Cooley is a novelist and author of short fiction, essays, and translation whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals. Her first novel, The Archivist, was a national best-seller published in a dozen foreign markets, and her second, Thirty-Three Swoons, was also published in Italian. Martha will read from her new memoir, Guesswork. There will be a Q&A session to follow. Then Martha will lead a writing workshop. More info.