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Here’s what TWC adult students and private clients have to say about their experience:

I love the many "voices" in our group!!!
  - Tracy Buckner, Adult Writers Circle

You've really gathered an interesting group of people together.  It was very exciting opportunity to read my work to an audience, and so motivating to hear such excellent work being read by the other contributors.
  - Tom Piccolo, Adult Writers Circle & Screenwriting

These sessions have really breathed some new life in me. The classmates were amazing . Everyone so willing to share and to offer constructive suggestions.
  - Jim Vittor, "Where Do I Begin?"

Judy Lindbergh's writing workshops were invaluable to the publication of The Last Leaf. Her open and welcoming classes were a terrific forum for writing and editing the book's chapters. And Judy, a published novelist, is a wonderful resource for navigating the unknown waters of publishing and publicity."
  - Stuart Lutz, author of The Last Leaf: Voices of History's Last Known Survivors

I just received word from a publication that they'd like to publish one of the stories I worked on with Michelle Cameron. It's a pro paying market that has published, among many big name authors, Harlan Ellison. I'm thrilled beyond words. I really can't thank Michelle enough for all her help with the story, and for that matter, with all my stories. This tale simply would not have gotten to where it is without Michelle's guidance and advice.
  - Jeff Samson, musician, graphic artist, writer

Paula Balzer leads a nurturing and supportive group for writers at all levels. This group really made me think about different approaches that will make my story a more well-crafted and compelling experience for readers. I highly recommend Paula's book, Writing & Selling Your Memoir and any opportunity to participate in her workshops and classes. She is the best! 
  - Vivian Fransen, aspiring memoir writer

Judy gave me the motivation and the confidence I needed to take my book from scattered ideas and scribbles to detailed outline and manuscript draft. I’m a hundred pages in (so far!) and she’s still guiding me with her nurturing, insightful, deeply intelligent advice for dealing with not only the logistical struggles but also the emotional trials of writing.
  - Sandra Joseph, on writing “Phantom Girl”, a memoir of her ten years as the female lead of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera

I must thank Michelle profusely for her edits. I think she taught me more about writing than anyone has -- I'm a grad of Columbia Journalism school so that's saying a lot!
  - Pamela R. Winnick, lawyer, journalist, historical novelist

Judith has created a supportive, yet productive environment. As someone who has spent his adult life critiquing and being critiqued, I can tell you how rare that is. Most critiques fall into one of two categories: "learn by being crushed" or "Everything everyone does is just awesome, we're all having a such a great time being creative." Both a waste of time. Thanks for “getting it".
  - Michael Pilla, Pilla Creative Marketing

Judith Lindbergh’s professional writing support is truly remarkable. It is so important to work with an editor or writing coach who is not only skilled at the craft of writing, but who is respectful, responsible, and sensitive as a human being. Writing is often such a personal endeavor that it is essential to work with people who know how to communicate what they see in your writing so that you can really grow. Judy has been providing me with such editorial care and my work has taken off as a result.
  - Ruth Henderson, Ph.D., on writing “The Mysteries of Forgiveness: Finding Freedom and Peace in the Aftermath of Trauma”

I've been in many writing groups in both NYC and suburbia, and benefited significantly from the experience. However, the diversity of people in the Writers Circle is unique and special; the supportive atmosphere is great. And sometimes, a session turns out to be not only useful but terrifically enjoyable too! Who could ask for anything more?
  - Jerry (Jay) Kaplan, columnist, memoir and fiction writer, retired textbook author


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ADULT WORKSHOPS

SPRING 2014: March 31 - June 21

11 weeks - No classes April 14-20, May 24-26

Register below or use our mail-in Registration Form

Classes for:

Where Do I Begin? | Adult Writers Circles | Poetry
Short Story Writing | Beginning Your Novel | Continuing Your Novel
The Novel Continuum | Memoir & Personal Essay | Screenwriting

Beginners & Writing Work-outs

Where Do I Begin?

If you ever suspected that there might be a writer lurking under the skin, or perhaps harbored a secret notebook of half-started stories, this is the class for you. In this workshop you'll find your way first by releasing the writer within through creative prompts to get the words flowing, and then by discovering the elements of all good stories, including character, conflict, action, setting and more. For anyone who longs to write but doesn't know where to start, and for writers who have dabbled but lost their way. WARNING: this workshop just might seduce you into a life-long love affair with writing!

Tuesday Evenings 7:00-8:30 PM
St. George's Church, 550 Ridgewood Road,
Maplewood, NJ
taught by Christina Kapp
Tuition: $350 for 11 weeks
No class April 15


"These sessions have really breathed some new life in me. The classmates were amazing. Everyone so willing to share and to offer constructive suggestions."

                                            - Jim Vittor on attending "Where Do I Begin?"


Multi-Genre - Share new work, works-in-progress and more

Adult Writers Circles

Our Adult Writers Circles are the heart of our workshops. They're where The Writers Circle began. We provide a supportive environment where writers work freely on various forms and genres, exploring projects developed in class or on their own.  Craft issues like structure, point-of-view, character development, pace, and style are addressed, as is the ever-changing publishing marketplace. With great respect for each writer, our workshops take on a life of their own as writers learn to trust each other for ongoing critique and inspiration as they move toward completion of work and eventual publication.

Mondays, 10:00 AM - 12 Noon
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Lisa Romeo
Tuition: $340 for 10 weeks
No class April 14, May 26

FULL!

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
St. George's Church, 550 Ridgewood Road,
Maplewood, NJ
taught by Judith Lindbergh
Tuition: $375 for 11 weeks
No class April 16

Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road,
South Orange, NJ
taught by Judith Lindbergh
Tuition: $375 for 11 weeks
No class April 17

"I really love the environment in these workshops. To create is to stumble and you've created a "no fault stumble zone."

                                            - Michael Pilla on TWC's Adult Writers Circle

Short Fiction & Poetry

Short Story Writing

Willa Cather said, "I don’t want anyone reading my writing to think about style. I just want them to be in the story." In this class, we'll learn how to write a short story that engages your reader. We'll learn about inciting incidents, reveals, characterization, dialogue, setting, and more. Each week you'll read a short story from John Updike's classic anthology "The Best American Short Stories." And in the class, you'll read your own work outloud and receive gentle, constructive critique to improve your tale.

Monday Evenings 6:00-7:30 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Donna Baier-Stein
Tuition: $320 for 10 weeks
No class April 14, May 26

Poetry

Poetry is a wonderful blend of precise craft and creative artistry. This workshop will use weekly poetry-oriented writing prompts and examples of contemporary poets’ work to examine the way imagery, diction, metaphor, sound, and structure influence meaning. Each week, students will bring new poems to share with the group and receive constructive feedback in a safe and nurturing environment. Appropriate for both new and more experienced poets, the goal of this workshop is to encourage experimentation as we support the growth and development of each poet’s unique style and poetic vision. 

Wednesday Evenings 7:30-9:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Christina Kapp
Tuition: $350 for 11 weeks
No class April 16


Novel Writing

Beginning Your Novel

The idea of beginning a novel is both exhilarating and intimidating. This class deconstructs the craft basics of plot and structure, description, character, dialogue, creating conflict, and more, and helps you learn how to tell the story that's burning within. Whether you're still contemplating what to write about, or have already begun your first draft, this is an excellent choice for any writer confronting the challenge of a long work.

Wednesday Evenings 7:00-9:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Michelle Cameron

Tuition: $375 for 11 weeks
No class April 16

Continuing Your Novel

Now that you've begun your novel, the work is far from over. Novel writing is like a marathon - you have to be in it for the long haul. This class will include "off the page exercises" to help solidify description, dialogue, character, plot, and more. And we will critique your work in progress, in a constructive, supportive environment that will help you keep moving towards the finish line: a completed first draft! Note: This class is by invitation or submission only. Please email or call for more information. If you are a first-time writer, we recommend taking Beginning Your Novel before considering this workshop.

Monday Evenings 7:00-9:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Michelle Cameron
THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS
Tuition: $400 for 10 weeks
No class April 14, May 26

FULL!

The Novel Continuum

This class is geared for the writer who is deep in a first draft or has already embarked on revision. Critique of work in progress is ongoing in a constructive, supportive environment . Note: This class is by invitation or submission only. Please email or call for more information. If you are a first-time writer, we recommend taking Beginning Your Novel and Continuing Your Novel before considering this workshop.

Tuesday Evenings 7:00-9:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Michelle Cameron & Jennifer Walkup
THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS
PER INSTRUCTOR

Tuition: $495 for 11 weeks
No class April 15


Nonfiction & Memoir

Memoir & Personal Essay

In this workshop that draws from the world around us and within, participants can work on developing short and long forms of personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, travel, flash nonfiction, or other nonfiction narratives. The emphasis will be on developing strong skills to transform experiences from life and the real world into compelling prose that engages and moves discriminating readers. Topics will include developing voice and tone; using dialogue, scene and details; rhythm and language; and experimenting with structure and form. Publication will also be discussed.

Monday Evenings 7:00-9:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Lisa Romeo
Tuition: $340 for 10 weeks
No class April 14, May 26

Writing Your Life (Memoir Writing)

Writers are keepers of memory, and memoir is a powerful way to record life's many stages, joys and experiences. In this workshop, you will learn to use detail and scene to make the past come alive. You will develop voice, and focus not just on events but on the people involved in those events. Through discussion of classic and contemporary published memoirs and critique of personal writing, this class will explore the many ways in which memoir writers can strive for a deeper interpretation of their own lives. Whether your aim is to write informally, as part of a family history for your children and others, or to create a literary work for potential publication, this course will help you write your own truths.

Wednesday Mornings, 10:00 - 12:00 AM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Sondra Gash
Tuition: $375 for 11 weeks
No class April 16


Screenwriting

Screenwriting (adults/high school)

Here's your chance to finally turn that great idea into a screenplay! In this class you'll learn how to craft a logline, develop it into a 15-beat outline, and start writing your first draft. We'll cover structure, story beats, character development, genres, the highs and lows of Hollywood and much more. This class is ideal for anyone who wants to kick-start their writing process, or for anyone who has been hard at work on a script and is looking for an active, supportive community with real time feedback to help them refine their craft and get their material ready for professional eyes.

Tuesday Evenings, 7:00-9:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Carol Forbes
Tuition: $375 for 11 weeks
No class April 15