Two-Day Intensive Revision Workshop  March 24 & 25 – NEW DATES! (rescheduled after STORM CLEAN-UP)

Tea & Poetry April 8 – FREE EVENT
Lisa Romeo Book Launch May 6 – FREE EVENT
One Day Mini-Retreat May 20
Book Publicity for Writers June 10

For College-bound Teens: Less Stress College Essays  – THREE SESSIONS: June 2-3, July 14-15 & September 29-30

NEW DATES! (rescheduled after storm clean-up)

Unleash Your Inner Editor: Two-Day Intensive Revision Workshop

with Author and Editor Jeff Campbell

March 24-25, 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 CampbellABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 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.


Workshop fee: $195 | REGISTER NOW

Tea & PoetryTWC’s 4th Annual Tea & Poetry
with rising poets Emari DiGiorgio and Nancy Reddy

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2:00-4:00 PM

at MONDO, Summit, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

An open mic will follow the reading.

Emari DiGiorgio
Emari DiGiorgio

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.

Nancy Reddy
Nancy Reddy

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.

Nancy Reddy is 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.

Poets are encouraged to contact us to reserve a spot for the open mic reading.

This event is free and open to the public

Reservations are strongly recommended.

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

Join us for a special Book Launch Celebration!

TWC instructor Lisa Romeo‘s debut memoir, Starting with Goodbye

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

at MONDO, Summit, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss (University of Nevada Press), begins with loss and ends with love, as a midlife daughter rediscovers her enigmatic father after his death. Lisa Romeo has little time for grief, but when her dead dad drops in for “conversations,” his absent presence invites Lisa to examine why the parent she had turned away from in life now holds her spellbound.

“Lisa Romeo’s compelling memoir is both a loving tribute to her adored father and a clear-eyed portrait of their complicated relationship. Reading it, you can’t help but reflect on your own familial bonds—but you may also find, as I did, that Lisa’s lovely writing and startling insights lead you into deeper territory, as she wrestles with questions of identity, mortality, and the vagaries of love.” Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

TWC is excited to host Lisa’s very first launch event! Lisa will be in conversation with TWC Directors Judith Lindbergh and Michelle Cameron following a brief reading. Copies of the memoir will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served – and be prepared for some lovely surprises!

This event is free and open to the public

Reservations are strongly recommended.

To reserve a spot, email us via our Contact page

One Day Mini-Retreat

One Day Writers Mini-Retreat
Returning this spring by popular demand!

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

at MONDO, Summit, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

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

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 S Fullerton Ave., 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.


ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (Registration Deadline is June 1)

Workshop fee:  $150 | REGISTER NOW


Sarah KravitzKeys to College SuccessLess Stress College Essays
with author and educator Sarah Lyman Kravits

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,she blogs regularly about coping with loss, cancer, and crisis. Her essays have been published on the Huffington Post and at and

Fee: $160 ($180 at the door)

Each workshop limited to 10 participants

(Ask about our Teen Writers Circle student discount.)

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