project write now
writing on the river
a spring retreat for educators
write, reflect, share
with special guests shatiera porte’e & meredith avakian
WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 2024
TIME: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Oyster Point Hotel
(146 Bodman Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701)
PRICE: $55* per person
*includes a luncheon
put aside time for you this spring:
– Engage with inspirational speakers on finding & being your authentic self!
– Unlock & reignite the writer within while invigorating your teaching practice
– Find camaraderie & connection with fellow teachers through storytelling
Open to all educators. Only 50 spots. Scholarship seats available.
Shatiera Porte’e, is a proud Red Bank, New Jersey, native who has been working in the mental health and education fields for almost two decades. Affectionately known as “your favorite school counselor,” Shatiera has turned her life’s adversities into empowerment lessons and now empowers others by sharing her story and the tools she used to overcome challenges to find herself. Shatiera is the author of the self-help book I Forgive Myself for Forgetting Myself. To further facilitate a space of encouragement, Shatiera has created and optimized more than a dozen initiatives for businesses/communities empowering youth, extensive experiences in various counseling capacities, corrections, emergency crisis, and psychiatric screening services. Shatiera’s philosophy “counseling beyond the classroom” stems from her desire to support individuals toward mental health wellness in a non-traditional approach. Shatiera travels the world speaking and hosting workshops and events promoting self-love, self-discovery and self-empowerment, and thus founded School Counselor On Wheels, LLC. Shatiera loves spending time with her son and her dog, Bailey Bella. She enjoys cooking, creating new recipes, which includes finding new places to travel, becoming an international foodie. She enjoys dancing while listening to her favorite selections of 90s music. Shatiera is working diligently to one day establish her own international mentoring program helping young girls and women all over the world to become the visionary over their lives, manifest desired dreams, while working towards making them a reality.
Meredith Z. Avakian is a writer, spoken word poet, keynote speaker, storyteller, conscious communications coach and consultant, as well as the author of Propaganda Begins with PR: Poetry for the Soul and PRhyme Time: Power of Poetry. She spent the first dozen years of her career working for two prestigious organizations: DuPont—where she held a variety of positions ranging from editor of the company’s daily global online newsletter to speechwriter for executives to corporate spokesperson—and the Philadelphia Bar Association—where she worked as director of communications and marketing, overseeing its media relations and external communications. Her writing has been published by The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Lawyer, and philly.com. Her poetry has been published in The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, The Armenian Poetry Project, The Literary Groong, and in several of Moonstone Arts’ Poetry Ink chapbooks. Meredith’s writing largely focuses on self-reflection, transformation, history, justice, community, and humanity. She has recited her poetry all over the world and looks forward to completing her third book later this year. Meredith received her Bachelor’s degree in public relations from Temple University, where she also served as president of the school’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. After spending nearly 20 years in Philadelphia, Meredith returned home to the Jersey Shore and currently resides in Asbury Park.
Project Write Now offers no refunds or credits once registered, except in the unfortunate case a class or event is cancelled. We reserve the right to change instructors if necessary. We reserve the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class, workshop, or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us at email@example.com or call 908.675.0467 for more information. Please note that when you register for a class you are reserving one of a limited number of spots available. Your registration also counts toward our consideration of class minimums.
Our organization was founded to help amplify the voices of those who are often not heard—including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ individuals, and other historically marginalized groups. We have witnessed how writing and sharing stories has the power to effect change by generating greater love, compassion, and empathy in the listener. In all of our programs, we provide an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment. We do not tolerate writing that perpetuates harmful stereotypes or fuels hate. Failure to align with our philosophy can result in your removal from class.