WINTER Registration is Here!

Session Dates: January 22 – April 8

Register Early to grab your spot!

See our FULL LINE-UP of Adult Workshops
in Fiction, Memoir, Novel Writing, and more

New this Winter:

Food Writing and Create Your Family Cookbook
two mini-workshops about FOOD!
with Marissa Rothkopf Bates


Workshops in five New Jersey locations:  


TWC’s Creative Writing Contest for KIDS!

On the theme: PORTALS

Imagine opening a passage to another dimension! Or discovering secrets on the other side of an attic door! Or simply walking into a room where something unexpected happens. Your short story, poem, or creative nonfiction essay about “Portals” can be fantastical, realistic, dystopian, or just plain amazing. We’re looking for ideas that stun us, make us smile, make us cry – and are exquisitely written.

TWO Sections: 3rd-5th graders and 6th-8th graders


Plus, the winners’ writing will be featured on The Writers Circle’s blog!

Submit your writing electronically to No more than 1200 words.  Pieces MUST be typed into the body of the email.  (No scanned notebook pages or attachments, please.) Include the author’s grade, but not their name. Judging will be done “blind” by TWC Directors Judith Lindbergh and Michelle Cameron. Limit: one piece per writer.  Send your very best!

Submissions are welcome from October 31-November 15. Winners will be announced on December 14.

It’s time to get ready for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

Prisha Mehta, 2018 National Gold Medal winner
TWC student Prisha Mehta, 2018 National Gold Medal winner in Short Story category
Olivia Bishop, 2018 National Gold Medal winner
TWC Student Olivia Bishop, 2018 National Gold Medal winner in Short Story category

Every year since 2013, The Writers Circle has sponsored teen writers entering the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  This national competition draws tens of thousands of submissions and bestows both regional and national honors.  We’ve been thrilled to cheer for our four national gold medalists in the five years our students have participated.  And we look forward to cheering on many more!

This year’s submission deadline is December 5.  Students must first create an account, then select their Writers Circle instructor as their educator.  We work closely with all our students to polish their writing before they submit.  Any teen student who has taken our workshops during 2018, including the Summer Intensives, is invited to submit through our sponsorship.  Any recent teen student who is not currently enrolled may contact us to discuss submitting their work through TWC.

Students should share their work to their TWC instructor no later than November 10.  That’ll give us time to respond, and students time to revise.

Full information is available on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website, including how to enter and specific details about submission requirements for the New Jersey Writing Region.

So, teens, we’re challenging each of you to GET WRITING!