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FALL 2017

SEPTEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 16
11 weeks (unless otherwise noted)

 

NEW FOR FALL!

The Poets Circle - Thursday evenings in Summit

The Art of the Memoir comes to Morristown (and stays in Montclair, too!)

Screenwriting with Lisa Reznik in Summit

 

PLUS - Our Late-Start classes!

Kids' classes in Morristown start October 24 & 25 - 7 weeks only!

 

Workshops held in:
SUMMIT | MAPLEWOOD | SOUTH ORANGE | MONTCLAIR | MORRISTOWN


Complete Workshop Descriptions are below.


Once you've found the class for you,
Workshops for Children & Teens
Fundamentals
Kids' Creative Writing
Teen Classes

 

Workshops for Adults

Multi-Genre Workshops
Beginners & Writing Workouts
Short Fiction & Poetry

Novel Writing

Memoir & Nonfiction

Specialty Genre Writing

  Children & Teen Workshops   Adult Workshops

 

Story Magic student writing

 

Story Magic (3rd-5th grade)

Through group dynamics, imaginative prompts and role-playing exercises, students learn the basic elements of story creation and put their inspirations on paper. Children gain confidence in a fun, non-judgmental environment where everyone supports each other’s ideas. Home writing is suggested but not required. The goal is to ignite the creative spark by temporarily casting off rigid academic requirements.


Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45 MORRISTOWN

STARTS OCTOBER 24!!! Seven week mini-session!

(skips 11/21 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Jeff Campbell

Tuition: $225

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Saturdays, 10:00-11:15 AM SUMMIT

(STARTS 10/7 for Yom Kippur, skips 11/11 for NJEA and 11/25 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Scott Caffrey

Tuition: $290

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Saturdays, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM SOUTH ORANGE

NEW LOCATION: SOPAC Loft
(STARTS 10/7 for Yom Kippur, skips 11/11 for NJEA and 11/25 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Judith Lindbergh

Tuiton: $290

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"Jeremy said on the way home (unprompted) 'I love writing class! It is FUN!'"
    - Jennifer C., West Orange, NJ

 

FOR BOYS ONLY! (3rd-5th grade)

Yes, a boy’s imagination requires a special kind of environment that welcomes the physical, the gross, the absurd, the fantastical and the just plain ridiculous. Come indulge in the freedom to imagine anything and make it come true—well, at least on paper! Find out more in this interview with Ralph Fletcher, author of On Boys Writing


Saturdays, 11:30-12:45 PM SUMMIT
(STARTS 10/7 for Yom Kippur, skips 11/11 for NJEA and 11/25 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Scott Caffrey

Tuition: $290

FULL - JOIN WAIT LIST

 

BeTWEEN the Lines (5th-7th grade)

Kids learn how to get their ideas on paper, and then how to make their stories really work. This class bridges the playful ideas of Story Magic into a more mature environment where gentle, constructive critique and group discussion introduce and refine students' understanding of the elements and challenges of story-making. Students will build confidence and improve their writing in an open-minded, positive and often exuberant atmosphere. Kids will be encouraged, but not required, to write at home and bring their work to share with their peers.


Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 PM MORRISTOWN

STARTS OCTOBER 25!!! Seven week mini-session!

(skips 11/22 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Jeff Campbell
Tuition: $225

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Saturdays, 10:00-11:15 AM SUMMIT
(STARTS 10/7 for Yom Kippur, skips 11/11 for NJEA and 11/25 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $290

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The Young Storymakers

This invitation-only workshop is for younger students, ages 8-12, with an insatiable drive to write. TWC's author-instructors encourage their students to write on any topic, in any style and in any genre they choose. Students work on their ideas during their own time, then bring their work to share aloud and critique with their peers. The group acts as a sounding board to help students discover what works, what doesn’t, and what they might do to develop their writing. Each writer will learn to go beyond the initial exhilaration of creation through multiple revisions, working toward a polished story.

 

Email or call for more information about joining The Young Storymakers.


Saturdays, 11:30-1:00 PM SUMMIT

(STARTS 10/7 for Yom Kippur, skips 11/11 for NJEA and 11/25 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $310

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Our Monday Young Storymakers will return in the Winter Session!

 

teens

 

Teen Writers Circle (ages 13-18)

This class balances inspiration with discipline, teaching students to accept critique, revise thoroughly and work toward story completion. We will delve into story elements like plot, character, pacing, point of view and style, inviting students to explore any genre they choose. Past teens have written everything from reality-based to fantasy and science fiction and have worked on plays, poetry, memoir, essays and much more. Teens will find ease and confidence in their writing by honing their skills in a creative, nurturing environment.


Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM MORRISTOWN

STARTS OCTOBER 24!!! Seven week mini-session!

(skips 11/21 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Jeff Campbell

Tuition: $240

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Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 AM SOUTH ORANGE

Mostly Middle School (6th-8th graders)

NEW LOCATION: SOPAC Loft
(STARTS 10/7 for Yom Kippur, skips 11/11 for NJEA and 11/25 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Judith Lindbergh

Tuition: $310

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Saturdays, 12:45-2:15 PM SOUTH ORANGE

Mostly High School (9th-12th graders)
NEW LOCATION: SOPAC Loft
(STARTS 10/7 for Yom Kippur, skips 11/11 for NJEA and 11/25 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Judith Lindbergh

Tuition: $310

FULL - JOIN WAIT LIST


Saturdays, 1:00-2:30 PM SUMMIT

(STARTS 10/7 for Yom Kippur, skips 11/11 for NJEA and 11/25 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $310

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"Maya loves TWC.... She leaves for class on Saturday mornings with a smile and returns with an even broader grin. It changes her mood, empowers her around her writing gift and gives her an opportunity to connect with experts (like you) and other budding teen writers. Thanks for doing what you're doing! You're making a difference in so many ways even beyond building writing skills."
    - Janette H, Westfield, NJ

 

BEGINNERS & WRITING WORKOUTS

Where Do I Begin?

If you ever suspected that there might be a writer lurking under the skin, or perhaps harbored a secret notebook of half-started stories, this is the class for you. In this workshop you'll find your way first by releasing the writer within through creative prompts to get the words flowing, and then by discovering the elements of all good stories, including character, conflict, action, setting and more. For anyone who longs to write but doesn't know where to start, and for writers who have dabbled but lost their way. WARNING: this workshop just might seduce you into a life-long love affair with writing!


Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 PM SUMMIT
(skips 11/22 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Christina Kapp

Tuition: $375

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"For several years I've been planning to start writing but I needed a stiff shove to get going. "Where Do I Begin?" with Chris Kapp gave me that and much more. The rewards of the routine established during those eight weeks have exceeded expectations."
     - Josh M Westfield

 

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SHORT FICTION & POETRY

Short Story Writing

Willa Cather said, "I don’t want anyone reading my writing to think about style. I just want them to be in the story." In this class, we'll learn how to write a short story that engages your reader. We'll learn about inciting incidents, reveals, characterization, dialogue, setting, and more. Each week you'll read a short story from John Updike's classic anthology "The Best American Short Stories." And in the class, you'll read your own work outloud and receive gentle, constructive critique to improve your tale.


Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM SUMMIT
(skips 11/22 for Thanksgiving week)
Instructor: Christina Kapp

Tuition: $375

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The Poets Circle - NEW!

Poetry is a wonderful blend of precise craft and creative artistry. This workshop will use weekly poetry-inspiring writing prompts and examples of contemporary poets’ work to examine the way imagery, diction, metaphor, sound, and structure influence meaning. Each week, students will write new poems to share with the group and receive constructive feedback in a safe and nurturing environment. Appropriate for both new and more experienced poets, the goal of this workshop is to encourage experimentation as we support the growth and development of each poet’s unique style and poetic vision.


Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 PM SUMMIT
(skips 11/9 for NJEA, 11/23 for Thanksgiving)

Instructor: Catherine Doty

Tuition: $385

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NOVEL WRITING

Beginning Your Novel

The idea of beginning a novel is both exhilarating and intimidating. This class deconstructs the craft basics of plot and structure, description, character, dialogue, creating conflict, and more, and helps you learn how to tell the story that's burning within. Whether you're still contemplating what to write about, or have already begun your first draft, this is an excellent choice for any writer confronting the challenge of a long work.


Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM MONTCLAIR

(skips 11/22 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Laurie Lico Albanese

Tuition: $400

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Our Summit Beginning Your Novel will return in the Winter Session!

 

Continuing Your Novel

Now that you've begun your novel, the work is far from over. Novel writing is like a marathon - you have to be in it for the long haul. This class will include "off the page exercises" to help solidify description, dialogue, character, plot, and more. And we will critique your work in progress, in a constructive, supportive environment that will help you keep moving towards the finish line: a completed first draft! Note: This class is by invitation or submission only. Limited to eight seats per section. Please email or call for more information. If you are a first-time writer, we recommend taking Beginning Your Novel before considering this workshop.


Mondays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM SUMMIT
(skips 11/20 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $465

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Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 PM SUMMIT
(skips 11/22 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $465

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The Novel Continuum

This class is geared for the writer who is deep in a first draft or has already embarked on revision. Critique of work in progress is ongoing in a constructive, supportive environment . Note: This class is by invitation or submission only. Limited to six seats per section. Please email or call for more information. If you are a first-time writer, we recommend taking Beginning Your Novel and Continuing Your Novel before considering this workshop.


Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM SUMMIT
(skips 11/21 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructors: Michelle Cameron & Jennifer Walkup
(two sections)

Tuition: $520
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Wednesdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM SUMMIT
(STARTS 9/20, skips 11/22 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $570 (12 weeks)
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"I was very appreciative of the genuine investment and care that was taken in improving my writing. Michelle had a really good attention to detail and was able to quickly assess what was working and what wasn't."

    - Novel Continuum student

MULTI-GENRE

Adult Writers Circles

Our Adult Writers Circles are the heart of our workshops. They're where The Writers Circle began. We provide a supportive environment where writers work freely on various forms and genres, exploring projects developed in class or on their own.  Craft issues like structure, point-of-view, character development, pace, and style are addressed, as is the ever-changing publishing marketplace. With great respect for each writer, our workshops take on a life of their own as writers learn to trust each other for ongoing critique and inspiration as they move toward completion of work and eventual publication.


Mondays, 10:00 AM-noon SUMMIT
(skips 11/20 for Thanksgiving Week)

Instructor: Lisa Romeo

Tuition: $400

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Mondays, 7:30-9:30 PM MAPLEWOOD
NEW LOCATION: St. George's Church
(skips 11/20 for Thanksgiving Week)

Instructor: Judith Lindbergh

Tuition: $400

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Wednesdays, 9:30 AM-noon MAPLEWOOD

(STARTS 9/20, skips 11/22 for Thanksgiving Week)

Instructor: Judith Lindbergh

Tuition: $460 (12 weeks)
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Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 PM SUMMIT
(skips 11/9 for NJEA, 11/23 for Thanksgiving)

Instructor: Donna Baier Stein

Tuition: $360
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"I wouldn't think of submitting anything to my editor without the advice from my classmates. They are invaluable and always make me a better writer. Coupled with Judith Lindbergh's spot on advice, I just can't go wrong."
       -Tracy B. - Maplewood AWC

 

"Writing has been a hobby all of my life, and having finally decided to get serious, I needed feedback and encouragement. This class offered both in a fun and informative environment.... The class was collaborative, and participants represented a variety of genres and writing styles.... Jennifer's feedback was always very detailed and helpful."
      - student in the Montclair AWC

 

MEMOIR & NONFICTION

The Art of the Memoir

In this craft-based workshop, you will turn the stories of your life into essays, poetry and memoir. We’ll review the fundamentals of creative writing, search for structure and meaning, and share our work in productive round-table sessions. Using targeted exercises, you will brainstorm for material, create compelling characters from life, write dialogue, scenes of action and description, and gain an understanding of plot. We will foster an atmosphere of trust and encouragement through gentle critique. The goal is generating polished writing that has integrity, honesty, and emotional impact.


Tuesdays, 10:00 AM-noon MONTCLAIR

(11/21 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Benilde Little

Tuition: $400

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Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 PM MORRISTOWN
(skips 10/11 for Simchat Torah and 11/22 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Jeff Campbell

Tuition: $360

FULL - JOIN WAITLIST

 

"TWC has given me a life changing experience in writing. I will definitely sign up again for Benilde's class. I just might be 'a lifer.'"
    - Silvia C. Essex Fells

 

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Writing What's Real: Adventures in Creative Nonfiction

Explore the multi-faceted genre of creative nonfiction, which encompasses writing about real events, from your personal past to the world at large. Learn about the many possible forms and styles, and write your own short pieces, transforming true stories into compelling literary works. Several categories, including personal essay, memoir, feature articles, reviews/criticism, travel, humor, and nonfiction narratives. Review published examples, get craft instruction, and learn to bring techniques and skills of storytelling to the nonfiction page, including dialogue, character development, narrative arc, scene building, and telling details. Stretch your writing muscles with weekly assignments and receive private instructor feedback. Work with prompts, get reading suggestions, and enjoy in-class discussions.

 

Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM MONTCLAIR
(skips 11/20 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Lisa Romeo

Tuition: $400

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Screenwriting

Learn the art and craft of writing for the screen, from generating ideas to the drafting process. We'll study classical screenplay structure, conflict, characterization, dialogue, how to write visually, how to analyze your own work as a screenwriter, dealing with notes/feedback, scene structure, rewriting and other tools of the trade. We’ll study and discuss films from a range of genres – political thriller, western, romantic comedy, indie features and Hollywood classics. We’ll also discuss what to do once you’ve finished writing your script.

 

Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM SUMMIT
(skips 11/20 for Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Lisa Reznik

Tuition: $400

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