Follow us on Facebook!  Pinterest      The Writers Circle Blog

boy writing

    Workshop Quick-Links:

See our Adult Classes, too.

TWC POLICIES

Inclement Weather
Make-up Classes
Trial and Drop-in Classes
Refunds/Withdrawal


Now in THREE LOCATIONS!


19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ



mondo
426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ



St. George's Episcopal Church

550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ


Here's what people are saying:

Thank you to both of you for these wonderful classes. I wish this kind of thing had been available to me when I was that age. And I have met a surprising amount of kids who like to write and were looking for feedback. In this electronic age, its an important tool to nurture on so many levels, not the least of which is as a mental health outlet.

            - Karen J., Chatham, NJ

Thank you for being a great mentor and encouraging my child.

            - Denise B., West Orange, NJ

My son has been feverishly writing his story since your class. I'm truly amazed! You don't know what it would take for me to have him work on a book report or just write two sentences for his reading log every week.  Now he even took his writing journal in the car on his way to his soccer game this morning!  Thank you for providing that inspiration for him!  

- Kathleen B., Montclair, NJ

"Thank you for your energy and ability to inspire creativity."

- Janice J., West Orange, NJ

"My son had to write a book report every week when he was in third grade. It was a painful task for him and for me. I decided to register him for Story Magic, and wow! What a difference after the first week. Thank you! I'm so grateful for this class."

- Roxanne S., Elizabeth, NJ

"My son is enjoying Michelle's class very much. He says that she allows him to be imaginative and creative as he is often times restricted in his school. My daughter is having fun in your class as well!" 

- Anthony E., Livingston, NJ

Story Magic. Judith has a wonderful way of offering encouragement and specific positive feedback at the same time that she points a way forward and offers constructive suggestions.

- Jerusha N., Verona, NJ

My son has made huge strides this year and I attribute The Writers Circle with breaking through his block against and anxiety about writing.  He actually skipped out the door and through the rain yesterday on his way to the car to go to class.  The day before he was bored and begging to play Wii.  I suggested he get out his writer's book and HE DID!  He wrote for at least 20 minutes which is huge for him. THANK YOU!

- Carol H., West Orange, NJ

Judith Lindbergh is delightful, knowledgable, and very supportive. She's a mom and has great rapport with kids. Well worth it.

- Susan B., West Orange, NJ

I wasn't sure at all how my son would feel about taking a creative writing class, since he has never really seemed comfortable writing at school, so I just signed him up and told him afterwards. From the moment we got to class, I knew Judith would support him and make him feel comfortable.

After the first class, we could tell he had really enjoyed himself and was proud of the story he had started. When we put him to bed that night, he asked if he could have his notebook to finish the story. He said it would help him fall asleep, and although we didn't believe that for a minute, we did want to encourage him, so we agreed. At 11pm, when we thought he must be asleep, he came downstairs and asked us to read the finished piece. I was so impressed by how creative it was and also that he had taken the time to do it (in the past, he'd speed through any writing assignment that came his way). I am so grateful that the class has given us the opportunity to take writing out of a school context and make it fun for him.

- Stacey H., South Orange, NJ

(TWC takes care not to identify its young students, including their last names, on the web!)


Customized Classes & Services

The Writers Circle Workshops can come to you. We do both in-school and after-school enrichment programs. Workshops can be tailored to specific needs and interests, including gender-specific classes, themed classes relating to ongoing curricula, and more.

Hosted field trips: The Writers Circle leads students through museums, historic sites, outdoor gardens or for a hike in the woods, stopping along the way to take in the experience through all our senses, then to express it through writing.

Writers Circle Workshops can also hold private workshops and writing support groups. Contact us to make arrangements.


regonline
Online event registration

by Regonline

CHILDREN'S 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 all ages:

Fun with Fundamentals (2nd-3rd grade) | Story Magic (3rd-5th grade)
Out of this World! (4th-6th grade) | BeTWEEN the Lines (5th-7th grade)
Teen Writers Circle (teens) | Young Storymakers (by invitation only)

JUST ADDED - BY POPULAR DEMAND!
a new
Teen Writers Circle
on Saturdays in South Orange starting October 11

Fun with Fundamentals (2nd-3rd grade)

Even if you have the most amazing writing ideas, there’s no way around the sticky-icky rules of grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling.  In Fun with Fundamentals, we’ll dig into the bones of writing through games, wacky exercises and interactive activities.  We’ll write wild stories that stretch vocabulary's bounds. And we’ll discover the power of a punctuation mark.  In Fun with Fundamentals, we’ll make all that boring stuff more than fun - we'll make it unforgettable.

Mondays, 4:30-5:45 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
taught by Karen Bonanno
Tuition: $330 for 11 weeks - 9/22 - 12/8
No class November 24

Story Magic (3rd-5th grade)

Through group dynamics, imaginative prompts and role-playing exercises, students learn the basic elements of story creation and put their inspirations on paper. Children gain confidence in a fun, non-judgmental environment where everyone supports each other’s ideas. Home writing is suggested but not required. The goal is to ignite the creative spark by temporarily casting off rigid academic requirements.

Saturdays 10:00-11:15 AM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
taught by Scott Caffrey
Tuition: $330 for 11 weeks - 9/27 - 12/13
No class November 29

Saturdays 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ
taught by Judith Lindbergh
Tuition: $330 for 11 weeks - 9/27 - 12/13
No class November 29

Out of this World! (4th-6th grade)

Explore and create new worlds, time periods, peoples and creatures all your own! Whether you want to travel backward, forward or sideways in time, or slip off to another universe that only exists in your imagination, this is the class for you. Get ready to climb aboard your spaceships, slay your dragons, capture oompity-boops or what-nots with us. The sky is the limit—actually no, nothing is the limit! If you can imagine it, you can write it in this workshop where creativity rules!

Wednesdays 5:00-6:15 PM
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ
Jeff Campbell
Tuition: $300 for 10 weeks - 10/1 - 12/10
Class begins October 1, no class November 26

Saturdays 11:30-12:45 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
taught by Scott Caffrey
Tuition: $330 for 11 weeks - 9/27 - 12/13
No class November 29

BeTWEEN the Lines (5th-7th grade)

Kids learn how to get their ideas on paper, and then how to make their stories really work. This class bridges the playful ideas of Story Magic into a more mature enviroment where gentle, constructive critique and group discussion introduce and refine students' understanding of the elements and challenges of story-making. Students will build confidence and improve their writing in an open-minded, positive and often exuberant atmosphere. Kids will be encouraged, but not required, to write at home and bring their work to share with their peers.

Saturdays 10:00-11:15 AM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
taught by Michelle Cameron
Tuition: $330 for 11 weeks - 9/27 - 12/13
No class November 29

Teen Writers Circle (middle/high school)

This class balances inspiration with discipline, teaching students to accept critique, revise thoroughly and work toward story completion. We will delve into story elements like plot, character, pacing, point of view and style, inviting students to explore any genre they choose. Past teens have written everything from reality-based to fantasy and science fiction and have worked on plays, poetry, memoir, essays and much more.  Teens will find ease and confidence in their writing by honing their skills in a creative, nurturing environment.

JUST ADDED - BY POPULAR DEMAID!

Saturdays, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ
taught by Laurie Albanese
Tuition: $290 for 9 weeks - 10/11 - 12/13
No class November 29

Saturdays, 12:45 PM-2:15 PM
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ
taught by Judith Lindbergh
Tuition: $350 for 11 weeks - 9/27 - 12/13
No class November 29

FULL!

Saturdays 1:00-2:30 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
taught by Michelle Cameron
Tuition: $350 for 11 weeks - 9/27 - 12/13
No class November 29

FULL!

The Young Storymakers

This invitation-only, workshop-based class is for younger students with an insatiable drive to write. Students will be expected to write during their own time and bring in work each week to share aloud and critique with the group. The group will act as a sounding board to help students discover what works, what doesn’t, and what might be done to improve their stories. Each writer will learn to go beyond the initial exhilaration of creation and work through multiple revisions to complete a polished story. Email or call for more information about joining The Young Storymakers.

Young-ER Storymakers (ages 8-11)
Mondays 6:00-7:15 PM
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ
taught by Judith Lindbergh
Tuition: $330 for 11 weeks - 9/22 - 12/8
No class November 24

Wednesdays 6:00-7:15 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
taught by Christina Kapp
Tuition: $300 for 10 weeks
- 10/1 - 12/10
Class begins October 1, no class November 26

Saturdays 10:00-11:30 AM
Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ
taught by Judith Lindbergh
Tuition: $350 for 11 week
s - 9/27 - 12/13
No class November 29

Saturdays 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
taught by Michelle Cameron
Tuition: $350 for 11 weeks - 9/27 - 12/13
No class November 29