Our Summer Session for Adults is now open for registration with workshops beginning the week of July 6. Having polled both students and instructors, most classes will remain virtual this season – meaning you can join us from anywhere, including that vacation get-away we’ve all been looking forward to!
New This Summer:
Publishing Boot Camp with Rachel Barry
In this 6-week boot camp for all levels, we’ll review publishing options for writers of any genre, including traditional book publishing, self-publishing, and being accepted in literary journals and mainstream media outlets. We’ll discuss your individual writing goals and ambitions, then cover the finer points of submitting your work: formatting work, sending query letters, using Submittable, and keeping organized. And of course, we’ll talk about rejection—how to handle it, how to move on, how to use it to grow as a writer.
Writing Short Stories & Flash with Katie Barasch
In this class we’ll learn how to write short fiction that hooks a reader from the very first sentence, giving and receiving constructive feedback throughout. By reading a range of published stories and paying close attention to the conventions of craft, we’ll learn the rules—and then how to break them!
This summer, more than ever before, we’re ready for anything at TWC’s summer kids’ and teen programs. For 2021, given the uncertainty of the coronavirus, we are preparing for all contingencies.
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 foundation for kids to let loose and let the words flow. Let WordSMASH keep writing and reading alive for your kids this summer.
If we can safely meet in person, we absolutely will. If meeting in person is impossible, we are planning a fantastic fully virtual WordSMASH program, just as we did last summer. We are also be offering some online options for students who want to join us from far away. All in-person classes will be held outdoors as often as possible.
2021 Summer Creative Writing Intensives
for Teens Who Love to Write!
At the Summer Intensive, teen writers develop their voices and writing ideas in a generous, creative environment with professional authors as instructors. They’ll focus on different genres each week: fiction, poetry, memoir, playwriting, creative nonfiction, and more; and work on their own writing projects as well as new work inspired by creative exercises and prompts. They’ll take part in literary inter-activities and adventures, and share work in a reading on Fridays for family and friends. Plus they’ll have the chance to submit their work for publication in The Writers Circle’s online journal.
If we can meet safely on campus at Drew University in Madison, NJ, we absolutely will. And our students from farther away can still join us via Zoom (at virtual program pricing). If meeting in-person is impossible, we are planning a fantastic fully virtual Intensive, just as we did last summer.
Whatever happens, this summer will be filled with creativity, friendship, fun, and lots of writing. Join us.
This summer we’re ready for anything!
The publishing landscape is transforming. Writers at all stages of publication need to understand and embrace the thinking that is reshaping traditional publishing models, and stay current with new ventures and ideas. The industry is moving toward greater diversity and inclusion. And it is trying to balance two potentially conflicting goals –relying increasingly on data to make editorial decisions yet at the same time working to keep creative originality alive in a competitive marketplace . Engaging with this cultural shift requires flexibility, collaboration, and often, changes in our thinking. In this workshop with author and longtime Penguin Random House editor Carole DeSanti, we’ll explore this evolving landscape to better understand publishing’s cultural shift, discover liberating new approaches to the author/publisher relationship, and discuss how writers can innovate to take full advantage to benefit their creative lives.
Sunday, June 13, 2PM (ET)
~ This event will run virtually. ~
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Less Stress College Essay is BACK!
Writing a college essay can be the most stressful part of the application process, especially for students who don’t consider themselves “good writers.” While a little stress can motivate and energize, too much can turn this necessary task into paralyzing agony. Each half-day workshop will guide students toward a draft of their college essays while introducing them to stress reduction techniques that will ease them through the college application process. Students will brainstorm for an engaging topic that fulfills one of the 2016 essay prompts, then develop a working draft that fits the Common App requirements. Writing is rewriting, and there will still be work to do, but students will be way ahead of the game with their draft underway and with a few stress-relieving strategies.
Both sessions taught by the fantastic Sarah Lyman Kravits.
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Our social media is a great resource for our writing community and beyond. Looking for writing prompts? Check out our creativity sparkers on Mondays and (for the kids) on Fridays. Need some inspiration to keep going? We bring you writerly wisdom from fabulous authors every Wednesday. And for all of you pet lovers, try our Thursday Pet Prompts!