creative writing workshops for children and adults

About The Writers Circle

We believe in the uniqueness of each writer’s voice. Our workshops nurture that pure, honest self-expression in each of our students.

   

​​We welcome the most reluctant child, the adult who feels like a beginner, and the experienced professional looking for a group of insightful peers.

The Writers Circle is more than a place to take a class. It is a community joined by the love of writing.


Weekly Creative Writing Workshops for Children and Adults

TWC’s weekly workshops inspire, support and encourage writers at every stage and age.

  • Our children’s workshops, for third graders through high school students, emphasize creativity and imagination as the most productive and enjoyable path to better writing.
  • Our adult workshops include beginners classes for newly aspiring writers, multi-genre workshops, and genre-specific classes in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and more.

All our workshops encourage writers to work on their own projects while offering constructive support and incisive feedback at every stage of the literary process.

Hand-picked Author-Instructors

TWC’s instructors are all published authors hand-picked for their ability to encourage and support our students at every age and stage of the writing process. Our children’s instructors light up the room with their energy, ideas, and creative approaches to writing. The instructors in our adult workshops understand the risky, vulnerable experience of writing and know how to make writers comfortable receiving and sharing feedback. Our goal is always to bring each writer to his or her own best level.

Special Summer Programs – for Kids & Teens

Our Summer Creative Writing Intensives for teens is a week-long program offered for three weeks every summer. Students study specific literary genres, work with professional author-instructors and special guests, and develop their literary voices and imaginations along with a group of like-minded peers.

 

Our WordSMASH! summer mini-camps for kids in grades 3-5 and 6-8 are week-long two-hour afternoon programs offered on Mondays-Fridays every summer at Summit, South Orange, and Morristown. Chock-full of writing games, wacky prompts, and time to sink into a favorite book, Our energetic environment lays the foundation for kids to let loose and let the words flow.

 

Locations in Northern New Jersey

Summit. South Orange. Maplewood. Montclair. Morristown. Each Writers Circle location brings together local authors with aspiring writers to create a vital community to support and encourage your writing.


Editorial Services and Custom Classes

TWC’s instructors are also available to work one-on-one through our book coaching, private consultation and editorial services. We also work with public and private schools, home school organizations and private groups to provide in-school workshops, after-school enrichment, and professional development for teachers.


​A Community of Like-Minded Writers

Nurturing and supporting the TWC community is an essential part of what we do. Writers develop friendships with others who understand their passion, struggles, and goals. At our special events, they meet authors and other industry professionals, extending their personal and professional networks. Our on-going blog keeps everyone up to date with thoughts on writing craft as well as news of the publishing world. We also support and share the best work of our writers through publication in The Writers Circle Journal Online.

 


​​​Tools to Inspire Writers, Near and Far

TWC is working to share its creative approaches with writers beyond our workshops. Our Story Magic Inspiration Sparking Idea Decks and Plotfoolery Writing Adventure are just the start of the tools we are developing to inspire writers wherever their creativity takes them.