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CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

Our virtual workshops are Zooming right along!  We are hosting all our workshops and events via Zoom video-conferencing until the threat of COVID-19 has passed. And we’ve added MORE virtual workshops for all ages!

What better way to stay engaged and creative through this surreal moment in time? Stay healthy, everyone.  We’ll get through this – with social distancing – together.

creative writing workshops & community

Celebrating the Written Word – Now in Our 10th Year!

We’ve Gone Virtual!

TWC is offering tons of new one- and two-session workshops to keep you and your kids writing through COVID-19!

Here’s what we have in store for just the next two weeks:

Inter-Generational Workshops
open to adults and teens*

NEXT WEEK: March 23-28
3/23: “HIIT” Your Writing with Pam Bachorz
3/25: Journaling in a Time of Crisis with Debra Galant
3/25: Pinpoint Your Plot with Pam Bachorz
3/26: Spark Your Creativity with Michelle Cameron
3/28: Turning Images into Tales with Donna Baier Stein
FOLLOWING WEEK: March 30-April 2
3/30: Get Cozy with Your Character with Michelle Cameron
3/30: “HIIT” Your Writing with Pam Bachorz
3/31: SUBMIT! Literary Publication Crash Course with Doris Cheng
3/31 – 4/1: Poetry Revision for the Fearless with Priscilla Orr
4/1: Writing with the Senses with Judith Lindbergh
4/2: Spark Your Creativity with Judith Lindbergh
*appropriate ages listed for each workshop

FOR KIDS ONLY!

NEXT WEEK: March 23-28

3/24: Create Your Own Superhero!
3/25: Magical Objects!
3/26: Create Your Own Culture

FOLLOWING WEEK: March 30-April 2

3/31: The Invention that Changes Everything
4/1: The Great What If… Wild & Wacky Computer-Generated Creativity
4/2: Virtual Art Museum

Specially priced to make it easy to jump in! Save 10% for two or more workshops.

Register Today!


And TWO Special Virtual Events to meet the moment:

Journalism in the Time of COVID-19 with Joe Amditis

Monday, April 6, 7:00-8:30 PM*

COVID-19 has affected virtually everything in our lives, including our experience of creating and consuming journalism. Join this open dialogue with Joe Amditis, the Associate Director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University.

*Note, this session, originally planned for March 26, has been moved to April 6.

Tickets $10

Please join us.

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COVID-19 Decompression Social Hour!

FRIDAY 3/27, 4:00-5:00 PM

Tired of being alone?  Tired of your kids? Or your roommates? Or your parents?  Want to hang out and decompress?  Join The Writers Circle community for an hour just to blow off steam.  No writing.  Just seeing friends, laughing, commiserating, and sharing in a safe, virus-free virtual space.

Absolutely Free.

Contact us to join in!


Spring Is Here!

Registration is open for our Spring Session: April 20-June 20.  Classes for kids, teens and adults.

We’re hoping for the best – but planning for the worst. If we must, we’ll offer our regular spring session via Zoom video-conferencing  We hope by then that we can go back to our in-person workshops, but everyone’s health and safety come first.  Either way, we will be writing!  Please join us.

 

Announcing, for the first time ever, an adult workshop on Saturdays!

Judith Lindbergh
Judith Lindbergh

Where Do I Begin? on SATURDAYS in SOUTH ORANGE

For the first time ever, we’re offering an adult workshop on a Saturday morning–perfect for commuters who just can’t make it during the week.  If you’ve been writing in isolation and wondering what to do next, or thinking about writing and don’t know where to start, join Founder/Director Judith Lindbergh for this great introduction into all things creative-writing!

And a Brand New Short Fiction workshop coming to Morristown!

Doris Cheng

Short (and Shorter) Fiction

Amy Bloom said, “The short story is the depth of a novel, the breadth of a poem, and, as you come to the last few paragraphs, the experience of surprise.” In this class, you’ll explore the boundless possibilities of the short and short-short form. Join author-instructor Doris Cheng for this inspiring workshop, Thursday evenings in Morristown.

Register Today!


Summer Creative Writing Intensives for Teens who LOVE to write!

~ Now in our 8th year ~

If your teen loves to write, The Writers Circle is the perfect place to hone their craft in a generous, creative environment.

Three Week-long Intensives – Writing Daily, 9 AM – 4 PM

Week 1: July 20-24 | Week 2: July 27-31 | Week 3: August 3-7

Join us for one, two, or all three weeks!

Click here to see what we did last summer.

Register Today!

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WordSMASH! Creative Writing Mini-Camps for rising 1st-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.

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

in Summit, Montclair and Morristown

Register Today!

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Adult Summer Workshops

introducing Saturday Summer Specials!

One-day workshops for adults that invite you to write all summer long:

June 27: Mining the Journal with Debra Galant in Montclair

July 11: Write in the Woods with Judith Lindbergh in South Mountain Reservation

July 18: Spark Your Creativity with Michelle Cameron in Summit

July 25: Poetry for All with Catherine Doty in Morristown

August 1: Writing from the Landscape of Memory with Natasha Persaud in Maplewood

PLUS

Weekly Creative Writing Workshops: July 6 – August 15

Short, multi-week workshops perfect for summer

Where Do I Begin? | Adult Writers Circle | Creating Kid Lit | Short Story WritingThe Novel Continuum | Revision Intensive

Register Today!


SPEAKER SERIESApril 5 Tea & Poetry event is cancelled

We regret to announce that, due to health concerns about COVID-19 and following CDC recommendations, our annual Tea & Poetry event is cancelled. We have reached this conclusion with great regret, but prioritizing the health of our community is paramount at this time of uncertainty.

We are watching the virus’s progress with great attention and will notify everyone of additional cancellations or virtual programming as the situation becomes clearer.


SPECIAL EVENTS coming in 2020:

April 19: TWC Co-Director Michelle Cameron’s Book Launch: Beyond the Ghetto Gates

May 17: Spring Mini-Retreat at Lord Stirling Park

June 7: Tarot for Creatives – back by popular demand!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

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CELEBRATING OUR 10th YEAR!

As our 10th anniversary celebration kicked off, Founder/Director Judith Lindbergh shared her thoughts on how The Writers Circle began and some of the highlights of the last ten years in her blog post:

My Crazy Idea: Reflections on Ten Years of The Writers Circle

We also celebrated our 10th anniversary with a special party that included a retrospective of the past 10 years, along with our students, instructors, and friends – and, of course, cake! Take a glimpse at our photo essay on that wonderful event:

Celebrating TEN Years of Creating Writing and Community