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

See visiting writers we’ve had in the past…

Reading & Lunch with Katie Arnold – 5/7/19
Please join Project Write Now for an inspiring lunch with Katie Arnold, author of the memoir Running Home. She’ll read from her work, answer questions about her experiences as an author and athlete, and share insight into the process of writing a memoir. Katie Arnold is a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years. In addition, her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, ESPN the Magazine, Marie Claire, Runner’s World, Elle, and Sunset, among others. More info.

Pop-Up Lit Fest – 4/6/19
Please join Project Write Now for our first annual Pop-Up Lit Fest, featuring authors Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash. The day kicks off with two master classes given by Buntin and Habash. Then we come together from 4 to 6 p.m. at West Side Eatery for a special Reading & Celebration. At the Reading & Celebration, the authors discuss their creative processes, the writing life, and what it’s like to live with another writer. Did we mention the authors are married? More info.

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.