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TWC's 2017-18 Speaker Series & Special Events


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Writing Games Day
an Afternoon of Storymaking Fun
Introducing Plotfoolery!




March 9, 2018

Friday, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

at MONDO, Summit

426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ


Calling all kids - and parents, too! The Writers Circle's classic story-writing adventure Plotfoolery is now available for all those kids who clamored for a copy of their own. To celebrate, we're holding an afternoon of wacky and wordtastic activities that will spark a love of storytelling in writers, young and old!


Plotfoolery originated in our creative writing classes, evolving from index cards and hand-written prompts intended to make even the most reluctant writer's eyes pop with excitement. Now it's a full-color, vinyl board with enough mind-sparking ideas to keep you writing and laughing for hours. It's totally portable, kid-friendly for ages 8 and up. It's even waterproof. You can bring it to the beach! On a cruise! Write in the rain!


This event is
free and open to the public.


Let us know you're coming!

Bring your friends!


To reserve a spot, email us via our Contact page.





Unleash Your Inner Editor:
Two-Day Intensive Revision Workshop

with Author and Editor

Jeff Campbell



March 10-11, 2018

Saturday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship

21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ


You’ve finished your first draft. Now it’s time to unleash your inner editor. Revision is how you turn your great concept or story into a great piece of writing. This intensive, two-day workshop offers effective, practical strategies for successfully revising any piece of work, whether fiction or nonfiction, a full-length novel or a thousand-word essay. We’ll cover techniques to help focus your premise, see your writing objectively, improve organization and narrative structure, strategize composition, add punch and vividness, and polish sentences until they shine. If revision makes the writer, your inner editor is the ally who helps you hone that skill.


Writers should bring one finished essay, story, or chapter (2,000 words max).

Jeff Campbell has been a freelance book editor, writing coach, and author for over 25 years. He has edited most genres of nonfiction as well as young adult fiction (including Jesse Andrews’s latest novel, The Haters), and he works directly with authors to develop their manuscripts.


As an author, he’s most recently published two YA nonfiction books, the award-winning Daisy to the Rescue and Last of the Giants. For twelve years, he was a travel writer for Lonely Planet, coauthoring guides to Hawaii, the Southwest, and more.


Jeff also teaches creative writing to adults and kids with The Writers Circle. Helping others craft their prose is a lifelong passion.

Jeff Campbell




Workshop fee:  $195




TWC's 4th Annual Tea & Poetry!
with rising poets

Emari DiGiorgio and Linda Reddy

tea and poetry

Sunday, April 8, 2018

2:00-4:00 PM

at MONDO, Summit

426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ


Emari DiGiorgio is the author of Girl Torpedo (Agape, 2018), the winner of the 2017 Numinous Orison, Luminous Origin Literary Award, and The Things a Body Might Become (Five Oaks Press, 2017).


She's the recipient of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, the Ellen La Forge Memorial Poetry Prize, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, RHINO’s Founder’s Prize, the Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Award, and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She's received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Rivendell Writers' Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ.

Emari DiGiorgio

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series, and the chapbook Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Blackbird, The Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere.


The recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches writing at Stockton University in southern New Jersey.

Nancy Reddy


This event is free and open to the public.

Poets are encouraged to sign up for the open mic that will follow the reading.


Reservations are strongly recommended.


To reserve a spot, email us via our Contact page.


One Day Writers Mini-Retreat

Returning this spring by popular demand!

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at MONDO-Summit



Dedicate a day to your writing in our sun-filled, loft-like Summit location!

Hours of free writing, plus warm-ups, goal-setting, creativity sparking prompts, meditation and yoga.

Plus box lunches available from Marigold’s and optional individual critique on your work from one of TWC’s author-instructors.


Retreat fee:  $150

(including Meditation/Yoga session)

OPTIONAL: Individual Critique $40

Only 6 slots available!

OPTIONAL: Marigold's Box Lunch - $15


Seats are limited. Advance registration is strongly suggested.

Mini-Retreat Options
Lunch Options


Wearing a Different Hat
Turn from Writer

to Marketer to Promote Your Work


Claire McKinneyClaire McKinney's Book


Sunday, June 10, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Montclair, NJ

Book publicity has changed a lot over the last decade with the onset of digital media, social media, and branding. In the past, writers relied on book publishers and book related media for publicity and reviews. Now all authors need to take a DIY approach, whether they are traditionally or indie published. The challenge is learning how to evaluate your work for its potential and knowing what and how to target the right people and places in the best possible way to create the most positive outcome.


In a small group, you will work with book publicist and marketing/branding expert Claire McKinney to devise your best plan for promotion. Some of the questions Claire will address include what media, events and social media platforms will be the most beneficial; when to start thinking about promotion; and what is a successful six-month plan for your book.


Participants should send their first three chapters, complete manuscript or proposal no later than May 10th so that Claire can evaluate them from a promotional perspective.


Claire McKinney has been working in public relations for 20 years. She has appeared on the Todayshow andCSPAN as an expert on publishing and she travels regularly to speak to authors and audiences about PR and social media marketing.  Authors she has worked with include Della Reese, Toni Morrison, Madeleine Albright, Walter Mosley, Robert Dallek, Rick Moody, George Pelecanos, Plum Sykes, Noam Chomski, Richard North Patterson, and Kristin Gore.




(Registration Deadline is June 1)


Workshop fee:  $150




Less Stress College Essays!

with author and educator

Sarah Lyman Kravits


Sarah Lyman KravitsKeys To Success



Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00 PM on

Writing a college essay can be a highly 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.


This workshop, consisting of two sessions held one day apart, will guide students toward a draft of their college essays while introducing stress reduction techniques that will ease them through the college application process. During the Saturday afternoon session, students will brainstorm for an engaging topic that fits one of the 2017 prompts, then begin to develop an essay that fulfills Common App requirements. Writing is rewriting, so students will be asked to use the time between the two sessions to develop their essays and arrive at a full working draft. During the Sunday afternoon session, students will receive feedback from Ms. Kravits as well as from peer review, and will further refine their drafts. 


Parents, please join us for the first 10 minutes of Part One of this workshop. A brief introduction to the workshop philosophy and strategies will give you tools to effectively guide your student in the process of finalizing the essay as the deadline nears. 


Sarah Lyman Kravits brings more than two decades of experience writing about and coaching high school and college students on success strategies. She is a co-author of the Keys to Success series of textbooks published by Pearson Education and used at colleges around the nation. As an expert in student success, critical thinking, and study skills, Sarah teaches the New Student Seminar at Montclair State University, and has given workshops on student success topics to both students and faculty at a variety of schools and conferences. For over 20 years, Sarah has read applications and interviewed candidates as a member of the Northern New Jersey regional selection committee for the Jefferson Scholarship Foundation at the University of Virginia.

On her website www.lifewithoutjudgment.com,she blogs regularly about coping with loss, cancer, and crisis. Her essays have been published on the Huffington Post and at ModernLoss.com and OpentoHope.com


Fee: $160 ($180 at the door)

Each workshop limited to 10 participants



(Ask about our Teen Writers Circle student discount!)



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The Writers Circle
Speaker Series


Workshops and Talks with Authors & Industry Professionals


Writing Games Day!
March 9, 4 - 6 PM

at MONDO-Summit


Two-Day Intensive Revision Workshop
March 10, 10 AM - 1 PM
March 11, 2 PM - 5 PM


Tea & Poetry

April 8, 2:00-4:00 PM

at MONDO-Summit


One Day Mini-Retreat

May 20, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
at MONDO-Summit


Book Publicity for Writers

June 10, 1:00-4:00 PM
at St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Montclair, NJ



For College-Bound Teens


Less Stress College Essays



June 2-3, 2:00-4:00 PM
at MONDO-Summit
Summit, NJ


July 14-15, 2:00-4:00 PM

at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Montclair, NJ


September 29-30, 2:00-4:00 PM

at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ



More Speaker Events
coming soon!


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Missed an Event?


Even if you couldn't make it,
take a peek at our RECAPS to see
what we learned!


Friday-Sunday, November 10-12

Autumn Writers Retreat

at St. Marguerite's Retreat House
Mendham, NJ


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ready, Set, Submit!

at MONDO-Summit


Sunday, April 30, 2017
Celebrate Poetry Month with TWC

Tickling the Muse – a poetry workshop


Tea & Poetry - our annual Free Event!

at MONDO-Summit


Saturday, April 8, 2017

One Day Mini-Retreat

at MONDO-Summit


Sunday, March 12, 2017
Writing for Advocacy

at St. Luke's Church, Montclair


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Self-Published to Bestseller!

at MONDO-Summit

January 7 & 8, 2017
Resolve to Write
in South Orange, Summit & Montclair
Recap, Part 1 | Recap, Part 2

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