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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

FALL 2014: September 22 - December 13

11 weeks (unless otherwise noted) - No classes November 24-29 for Thanksgiving break

Register below or use our mail-in Registration Form

Classes for:

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

New this Session!

Advanced Creative Nonfiction | Family Stories | The Poets Circle | Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Author Platforms & Promotion | Creating Book Proposals

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!

Monday Evenings 7:30-9:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Donna Baier-Stein
Tuition: $350 for 11 weeks - 9/22 - 12/8
No class November 24

Thursday Mornings, 10:00-11:30 AM
St. George's Church, 550 Ridgewood Road,
Maplewood, NJ
taught by Eliza Minot
Tuition: $350 for 11 weeks - 9/25 - 12/11
No class November 27


"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: $375 for 11 weeks - 9/22 - 12/8
No class November 24

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
St. George's Church, 550 Ridgewood Road,
Maplewood, NJ
taught by Judith Lindbergh (Section 1)
& Eliza Minot (Section 2)
Tuition: $375 for 11 weeks - 9/24 - 12/10
No class November 26

Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road,
South Orange, NJ
taught by Judith Lindbergh
Tuition: $375 for 11 weeks - 9/25 - 12/11
No class November 27

"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: $350 for 11 weeks - 9/22 - 12/8
No class November 24

The Poets Circle

Poetry is a wonderful blend of precise craft and creative artistry. This workshop will use weekly poetry-inspiring 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 - 9/24 - 12/10
No class November 26


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 - 9/24 - 12/10
No class November 26

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: $450 for 11 weeks - 9/22 - 12/8
No class November 24

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 (Section 1)
Jennifer Walkup (Section 2)
THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS
PER INSTRUCTOR

Tuition: $495 for 11 weeks - 9/23 - 12/9
No class November 25


Nonfiction & Memoir

Advanced Creative Nonfiction

This workshop is open to writers working on one or more nonfiction projects. Memoir, essay, journalism, how-to, criticism, biography, service, business, Op-Ed, travel, and more nonfiction forms are welcome. Writers will address craft issues, including voice, structure/organization, point-of-view, character development, scenes, dialogue, pace, and style. Join a supportive group of experienced peers and share valuable ongoing critique and inspiration as you move your work toward completion and eventual publication. 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 Memoir & Peronal Essay

Monday Evenings 7:00-9:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Lisa Romeo
Tuition: $375 for 11 weeks - 9/22 - 12/8
No class November 26

Memoir & Personal Essay

This class focuses on writing about your own life, the experiences which affect you, and issues that are important to you personally. Draw from the world within and around us, and work on short forms of narrative nonfiction, personal essay, memoir, and flash nonfiction. The emphasis will be on developing strong writing craft skills to transform personal experience into compelling prose that engages and moves discriminating readers. Topics include creating scenes; developing voice and tone; using dialogue; description and details; rhythm and language; and experimenting with structure and form. Each week, students have the option for limited private instructor feedback (Note: this is not a peer review workshop. For that, see Advanced Creative Nonfiction.)

Tuesday Evenings 7:00-9:00 PM
St. George's Church, 550 Ridgewood Road,
Maplewood, NJ
taught by Lisa Romeo
Tuition: $375 for 11 weeks - 9/23 - 12/9
No class November 25

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 - 9/24 - 12/10
No class November 26

Family Stories (Multi-Generational Stories)

Children and grandparents, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons - each generation longs to share and preserve the stories of their life experience. In this multi-generational workshop, family pairs will work together to record the memories of the past. Insightful interview questions will help trigger memory. Narrative techniques will be discussed and critique offered, but the heart of this workshop will be simply capturing memories to be passed on to the next generation.

Monday Mornings, 10:00-11:30 AM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Sondra Gash
Tuition: $350 for 11 weeks per family pair - 9/22 - 12/8
No class November 24


Specialty Genres

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Whether a dystopian future that may never be, a magical past that never was, or a galaxy light-years away, the related genres of science fiction and fantasy - often called "speculative fiction" - bring readers to new worlds. To write these compelling tales of imagination, the writer must be a craftsman able to make the fantastic believable. This class will give you a grounding in the basics of speculative fiction through lectures and exercises, as well as provide you the opportunity to critique work in progress in a supportive environment. We will also discuss how and where to market your short stories and novels. 

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00-9:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ
taught by Special Guest Instructor Paul Witcover
Tuition: $450 for 11 weeks - 9/24 - 12/10
No class November 25

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 - 9/23 - 12/9
No class April 15


The Business of Publishing

Author Platforms & Promotion

“What’s your platform?” It's probably the most intimidating question a new author can be asked.  Even the definition of a platform is confusing. However, a carefully constructed platform is vital to attracting ithe interest of agents and editors these days. This workshop will cover the essential elements of creating a platform for your work, including what “platform” really means, how to position yourself as an expert in your area, how to navigate social media and more.

Wednesday Evenings, 7:30-9:00 PM
Four weeks only! September 24 - October 15
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road,
South Orange, NJ
taught by Paula Balzer
Tuition: $175 for 4 weeks - 9/24 - 10/15

Creating Book Proposals

This workshop will demystify the non-fiction book proposal.  Each portion of the proposal will be broken down and explained, from the overview and chapter summaries, to how to properly include research on your topic, and how to write a sample chapter.  This class is appropriate for those who have already been working on a proposal, as well as writers with new ideas who need help getting started.

Wednesday Evenings, 7:30-9:00 PM
Seven weeks only! October 22 - December 10
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road,
South Orange, NJ
taught by Paula Balzer
Tuition: $300 for 7 weeks - - 10/22 - 12/10
No class November 26

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