Writing Retreats

Writing on the River: a retreat for teachers
Sunday, April 2
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

With Jennifer Chauhan & Colleen Doogan

Oyster Point Hotel
Red Bank, NJ

$25 fee includes a luncheon

Put aside an afternoon for YOU:

  • Learn more and engage in a conversation about the teaching of writing
  • Build camaraderie with fellow teachers
  • Share stories from your own life through writing
  • Reignite the writer within while invigorating your teaching practice

All participants receive a tote bag, a book on writing donated by River Road Books in Fair Haven, and other surprises.

Open to teachers of all grades.

Jennifer Chauhan fell in love with the workshop style of teaching writing at Teachers College, Columbia University. Amazed by what kids could produce with a notebook, freedom, and supportive peers, she’s used this method while teaching writing to children in New York City’s foster care system, as a public high school English and creative writing teacher in Rumson, N.J, and during her creative writing workshops at her private studio in Fair Haven. Jennifer’s passion is showing students of all ages that what they think and believe matters and that they can use their words to impact others. Her belief is that by writing and sharing our stories we open up ways to understand one another a little better, generating empathy. In addition to her teaching experience, Jennifer has more than 25 years as a professional writer. She began as the managing editor of Teacher Magazine and currently writes for businesses, organizations, and various publications.


Colleen Doogan started her education career as a first grade teacher in Fair Haven and after eight years realized her passion for teaching reading and writing could take her beyond her classroom walls. Colleen left her job to pursue an opportunity as a reading specialist in Berkeley Heights, N.J., and then as a staff developer and literacy consultant at the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project with Lucy Calkins and her staff. While there Colleen not only helped others grow as writers, but she also rediscovered her own voice. She then worked in schools around the world teaching teachers about the reading and writing workshop as well as teaching at the TCRWP summer institutes in New York City and leading numerous coaching groups and institutes for those teachers who were becoming literacy coaches. Colleen’s love of writing goes back to when she used to write short stories sitting on the red shaggy rug in her childhood bedroom and keeping thousands of diaries and journals growing up. Now she records her daily thoughts as a mom of three children. She continues to have a passion for teaching and facilitating conversation about best practices for reading and writing.


Please email lisah@projectwritenow.org for more information and to be put on a wait list.

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 an event is canceled, Project Write Now will issue a full refund of the fees paid.