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SUMMER 2017

July 5 (Wednesday) - August 15 (Tuesday)

6 weeks (unless otherwise noted)

 

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SOUTH ORANGE | SUMMIT | MAPLEWOOD | MONTCLAIR | MORRISTOWN

 

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After FLASH Word SMASH!

A Week-Long Writing Mini-Camp
for 5th-7th graders

 

This two-hour per afternoon, week-long program is chock-full of writing games, wacky prompts, and time to sink into a favorite book just to read! Seasoned writers will be challenged by story starters unlike anything they've seen in school. Reluctant writers will find TWC's interactive games and prompts an irresistible invitation to start creating. Our collaborative, energetic environment will lay the foundation for kids to let loose and let the words flow.

 

For Summit students attending morning FLASH classes, walk over from the Middle School and have a brown-bag lunch at 12:30, or just join us when class begins at 1:00 PM.

 

Let Word SMASH keep writing and reading alive for your kids this summer!

 

Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 1:00-3:00 PM SUMMIT

Instructor: Scott Caffrey

Tuition: $200

Additional lunch period (12:30-1:00 PM): $50

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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 PM MORRISTOWN

Starts 7/11 for July 4 holiday

Instructor: Jeff Campbell

Tuition: $180

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Wednesdays 11:30-12:45 PM SOUTH ORANGE

Instructor: Ariel Bernstein

Tuiton: $180

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Thursdays 2:00-3:15 PM MONTCLAIR

Instructor: Kristen Kemp

5 weeks only - starts 7/20 - ends 8/17

Tuition: $150

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Saturdays 10:00-11:15 AM SUMMIT

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $180

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

 

Out of this World! (4th-6th grade)

Explore and create new worlds, time periods, peoples and creatures all your own! Whether you want to travel backward, forward or sideways in time, or slip off to another universe that only exists in your imagination, this is the class for you. Get ready to climb aboard your spaceships, slay your dragons, capture oompity-boops or what-nots with us. The sky is the limit—actually no, nothing is the limit! If you can imagine it, you can write it in this workshop where creativity rules!


Wednesdays 10:00-11:15 PM SOUTH ORANGE

Instructor: Ariel Bernstein

Tuition: $180

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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

Instructor: Jeff Campbell

Tuition: $180

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Saturdays 11:30-12:45 PM SUMMIT

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $180

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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.


Mondays 5:45-7:15 PM MAPLEWOOD
NEW LOCATION!
Starts 7/10 for July 4 holiday

Instructor: Judith Lindbergh

Tuition: $195

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CLASSES FOR 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 7/11 for July 4 holiday

Instructor: Jeff Campbell

Tuition: $195

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Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 PM MONTCLAIR

Instructor: Kristen Kemp
5 weeks only - starts 7/20 - ends 8/17

Tuition: $160

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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 Hausler, Westfield, NJ

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 AM - noon SUMMIT
Starts 7/10 for July 4 holiday
Four week Mini-Session! 7/10-7/31

Instructor: Lisa Romeo

Tuition: $140

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Mondays 7:30-9:30 PM MAPLEWOOD
NEW LOCATION!
Starts 7/10 for July 4 holiday

Instructor: Judith Lindbergh

Tuition: $205

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Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 AM MAPLEWOOD

Instructor: Judith Lindbergh

Four Weeks Only! Runs from 6/28-7/19

Tuition: $140

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Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 PM MONTCLAIR

Instructor: Jennifer Walkup

Tuition: $205

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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

Instructor: Christina Kapp

Four Weeks Only! 7/12 - 8/2

Tuition: $130

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Spark Your Creativity

Just as fire needs a spark, imagination needs to be kindled. Nurture your creative impulses with a series of fun, innovative exercises and prompts that use writing as a means of expression and exploration. Every week we'll tap into previously untouched creative reaches of your mind, drawing inspiration from music, art, movement, language, poetry, and more. Be prepared to surprise yourself!


Mondays 6:00-7:30 PM SUMMIT

Starts 7/10 for July 4 holiday

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $195

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SHORT FICTION

Short Story Writing

William H. Gass said, “For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock.” Writing is a way of searching: How do we best tell our story? What are our options? Every story makes its own necessities. As we study craft we will learn to identify these requirements. In this class you will write, share and revise your work as we provide careful and encouraging critique. All levels welcome.


Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM SUMMIT

Instructor: Christina Kapp

Four Weeks Only! 7/12 - 8/2

Tuition: $130

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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.


Mondays 7:30-9:30 PM SUMMIT
Starts 7/10 for July 4 holiday

Instructor: Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $205

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Continuing Your Novel

THIS CLASS WILL RETURN IN THE FALL.

 

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. 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

Starts 7/11 for July 4 holiday

Instructors: Michelle Cameron & Jennifer Walkup (two sections)

Tuition: $270

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MEMOIR & NONFICTION

Creative Nonfiction Mini-Me!

It's a small world…of creative nonfiction. Small word counts are growing in popularity across literary and mainstream publishing venues. Explore writing mini forms of CNF—from 500 word flash essays, to six word memoirs, to CNF Tweets!—that focus on real events, culled from your personal past to the world at large. .


Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 AM MONTCLAIR

Instructor: Lisa Romeo
Four week Mini-Session! 7/5 - 7/26

Tuition: $130

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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.


Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 PM MORRISTOWN

Instructor: Jeff Campbell

Tuition: $205

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The Perfect Proposal: Key to a Successful Nonfiction Book

A compelling book proposal is crucial to sell your book to a publisher and the best way to begin the book writing process – well before you type word one. You will learn to test your concept, develop your idea, and organize your book’s structure. In addition, you’ll define your writing goals and target audience, choose a marketable title, and evaluate your marketing platform.

For those already writing, the course allows you to hit the pause button, evaluate your work in progress and fine tune or augment your approach.

Students’ work is shared in a constructive, collegial environment. Writers of any type of nonfiction book are welcome, including business people who need a book to grow their company or develop their brand.


Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 PM MONTCLAIR

Starts 7/11 for July 4 holiday

Instructor: Dave Conti
Tuition: $205

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SPECIALITY/GENRE WRITING

Flash Mob! A Moveable Writing Feast

Who needs a classroom? Like a flash mob, this creative writing class will meet in a different place each time and write en plein air, capturing the mood and whimsy of the moment. After gathering, we will use each unsuspecting location as our inspiration, and in situ writing prompts will further the improvisational playfulness of sneaking up and observing the world unawares. Currently struggling with an ongoing work? Consider these experimental explorations your “summer break.” Locations will be announced prior to class start, and may include a wildlife sanctuary, wilderness hikes, riding a train, exploring a cemetery, and more. Entrance fees are included as part of tuition. Students must provide their own transportation.


Saturdays, 10:00 AM - noon MORRISTOWN

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS to be announced

prior to class start

Instructor: Jeff Campbell
Tuition: $220

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Submission Strategies

Learn how to develop a thriving practice of submitting work to mainstream media and literary venues, print and online. This workshop will demystify the submission process and break it down into sensible steps and smart strategy. We'll discuss how to use resources to choose target venues, decide when and what to send out, track results, understand submission guidelines, use online submissions management systems, interpret rejections, and more. Though mostly intended for those submitting short pieces, we will also address submissions to agents and independent book publishers (who work with unagented work). Writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are welcome. By the end of the four weeks, you'll have a plan and will make a few submissions.


Thursdays 7:30-9:00 PM MONTCLAIR

Instructor: Lisa Romeo
Four week Mini-Session! 7/6 - 7/27

Tuition: $130

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