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

Visiting Writers Series: Readings & Celebration

with Melissa Febos, Alex Gilvarry & Alena Graedon
Creative Writing Professors, Monmouth University

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
West Side Eatery in the Galleria
Red Bank, NJ
Price: FREE

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. Food, wine, and beer will be served.

Thanks to our sponsor, Monmouth University, the event is free.

This event has reach maximum capacity. Please email for inquires about future visiting writer events.


See visiting writers we’ve had in the past…

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. After reading from his book, Dan will kick-start a lively discussion and answer questions from the audience. 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.