Our virtual workshops are Zooming right along!  We are hosting all our workshops and events via Zoom video-conferencing until the threat of COVID-19 has passed.

What better way to stay engaged and creative through this surreal moment in time? Stay healthy, everyone.  We’ll get through this – with social distancing – together.

creative writing workshops & community

Summer at The Writers Circle

Summer Creative Writing Intensive for Teens who LOVE to write!
WordSMASH! mini-camps for rising 1st-7th graders
And, yes, Adult workshops, too!

Summer Creative Writing Intensives

Held virtually in 2020 – and what a summer it was!As much fun as we had on Zoom, we hope to be back in-person in 2021!

Here’s a peek at what we normally do when we meet at Drew University.

If your Teen loves to write, The Writers Circle is the perfect place to hone their craft
in a generous, creative environment.

Held in-person at Drew University, Madison, NJ

Three Week-long Intensives Writing Daily, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
2021 Dates To Come (usually late July-early August)

For teens who love to write, The Writers Circle’s Summer Creative Writing Intensives are the perfect place to hone their craft. Students will develop their voices and writing ideas in a generous, creative environment with professional authors as instructors. Each week they’ll choose from two different genres to focus on – fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and more. They’ll focus on their own writing projects as well as new work inspired by creative exercises and prompts. They’ll receive supportive, constructive feedback from instructors and peers. Special excursions, literary inter-activities, and a reading on Fridays for family and friends will round out the week. They’ll also have the chance to submit their work for publication in The Writers Circle’s online journal.

See the fun and creativity of past summers in our Summer Intensive Recaps:

2020 Recap | 2019 Recap | 2018 Recap | 2017 Recap | 2016 Recap

Every summer, students:

  • work with professional authors to develop their voices and writing ideas
  • choose two different genres to focus on each week
  • work on their own writing projects and get personal editorial feedback
  • get supportive, constructive writing critique from instructors and peers
  • submit and publish work in The Writers Circle’s online journal
  • spend time examining the writing of peers and masters

Plus they meet and work with like-minded young writers who share their passion!

A typical writer’s day at TWC’s Summer Intensive:*

  • 9:00-9:30 Writing Warm-ups (Physical, literary and creative)
  • 9:30-11:00 – Genre #1 workshop with a published author
  • 11:00-12:30 – Genre #2 workshop with a published author
  • 12:30-1:30 – Brown bag lunch and time to move and socialize
  • 1:30-2:30 – Free writing and editorial conferences with TWC Directors and Instructors
  • 2:30-3:45 – Guest speakers, group critique and literary activities, plus a Friday Reading for family and friends
  • 3:45-4:00 – Wrap-up and Pick-up

The program will be capped by a student reading for family and friends each Friday afternoon.

*All programs and instructors subject to change.

Our teen writers talk about the Summer Intensives:


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Creative Writing Mini-Camps for rising 1st-7th graders

Held virtually in 2020. We hope to be back in-person in 2021!

(all photos from our in-person sessions)

Our 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 the foundation for kids to let loose and let the words flow. Let WordSMASH! keep writing and reading alive for your kids this summer!

(Grouped for “rising” 1st-2nd graders, 3rd-5th graders and 6th-7th graders. Register for the group based on the grade your student will be in starting in September.)


  • My first grader looked forward to the class everyday. Even after the session, he continues to write and asks us to give him writing prompts like his teacher did.
  • Every day he was laughing and learning!
  • “My daughter smiled logging in and was excited to share what she did when logging out!”
  • “thank you for providing a nurturing and creative environment for my son to thrive in.”
  • “My daughter was very excited about the writing she did in the class and has been motivated to continue working on it.
  • “The games and activities inspired our daughter to write, be creative and be proud of her work.”
  • “She wasn’t very excited about the class in the beginning but things improved as she gained confidence by writing better.”
  • “She was sad when the class ended. She wanted it to go on for the whole summer!”
  • “She was excited each day over what she was working on, what was coming up next, etc. She also learned a lot!”
  • “My children enjoyed all the classes and were asking for more sessions. My son is now motivated to write more.”

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