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CELEBRATE POETRY MONTH with The Writers Circle

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at MONDO-Summit




Tickling the Muse – a poetry workshop

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Led by Renée Ashley & Peter Murphy

Sure, writing poetry is hard work, but who said it can’t be fun? Renée and Peter will get you started on a poem that explores with a light touch, the serious business of being alive. You will receive suggestions on how to revise your new draft toward becoming a thoughtful, more mature poem. This workshop will benefit writers who have been at it for years, as well as those who are new to writing poetry.


Workshop fee:  $50

Registration for the workshop also reserves your spot for the Tea & Poetry reading.




Followed by our third annual

Tea & Poetry

2:00-4:00 pm
with Featured Readers: Renée Ashley & Peter Murphy

An Open Mic to follow the reading.


This event is free and open to the public.

Seats are limited. Advance registration is strongly suggested.

Email us to reserve your spot!


Renée Ashley is the author of six volumes of poetry, most recently, The View from the Body (Black Lawrence Press) and Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize, University of Colorado—Boulder). She has received fellowships in both poetry and prose from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts. A portion of her poem, “First Book of the Moon,” is included in a permanent installation by the artist Larry Kirkland in Penn Station, NYC. 


She has served as Assistant Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and as Poetry Editor of The Literary Review. Ashley teaches in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University.



Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of Stubborn Child, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, Challenges for the Delusional, a book of writing prompts, and four poetry chapbooks.


His recent essays and poems appear in The Common, Diode, Guernica, The New Welsh Reader, Rattle, Rhino, Word Riot and elsewhere. He lives in Ventnor, NJ and is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University.



Meditation for Writing

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 pm at MONDO-Summit



Do you feel that the writing you produce fails to capture the full richness of your imagination? Are you struggling to release the unconscious blocks that are holding you back as a writer? If so, meditation might just be the answer.


In this workshop, you will learn and practice several simple meditation techniques to help you access your creativity, release stress and tension, and dive more deeply into your vision for your writing. No prior experience with meditation is necessary. The workshop will include writing time so that you can commit your newfound ideas and insights to paper.



Laura Romain has drawn on the principles of meditation to enhance her personal writing practice for more than a decade. After working as an editor at the book publisher W. W. Norton & Company, she transitioned into a freelance career as a yoga teacher, writer, and editor.


A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance, she teaches a wide range of yoga and meditation styles through her business, Gracious Heart Yoga and Reiki.


Laura's writing has appeared in Penny, Day One, The Hartskill Review, and Rust+Moth, and sheblogs about mindfulness and creativity at http://lauraromain.com.


Spots are limited. Advance registration is strongly suggested.


Fee $50



Less Stress College Essays!

with author and educator

Sarah Lyman Kravits


Sarah Lyman KravitsKeys To Success



Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, 2017

2:30-4:30 PM


426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

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


Fee: $160 ($180 at the door)


Limited to 10 participants.
Advance registration is strongly recommended.

(Ask about our Teen Writers Circle student discount!)




Join us for a weekend close to home but a world away...

The Writers Circle's

Autumn Writers Retreat

Friday-Sunday, November 10-12, 2017


Mendham Retreat House

at St. Marguerite's Retreat House

82 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ

Join a congenial group of writers amidst acres of wooded scenery.


Enjoy healthy meals, snacks and, most important,
plenty of quiet time to spend
with your thoughts, memories and characters.


Spark your creativity with small breakout sessions

and share your writing with your peers.


Each writer will have a small, private room, sharing communal bathrooms.

Linen and bedding is supplied.


Only 23 spots are available.

Advance registration is strongly recommended.


Fee: $395


The Writers Circle
Speaker Series


Workshops and Talks with Authors & Industry Professionals


Celebrate Poetry Month with TWC

Tickling the Muse – a poetry workshop


Tea & Poetry - our annual Free Event!

Sunday, April 30

at MONDO-Summit


Meditation for Writing

Saturday, June 10
at MONDO-Summit


Less Stress College Essays

Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11
at MONDO-Summit


Autumn Writers Retreat

Friday-Sunday, November 10-12

at St. Marguerite's Retreat House
Mendham, NJ


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Missed an Event?


Even if you couldn't make it,
take a peek at our RECAPS to see
what we learned!


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One Day Mini-Retreat

at MONDO-Summit


Sunday, March 12
Writing for Advocacy

at St. Luke's Church, Montclair


Sunday, February 5

Self-Published to Bestseller!

at MONDO-Summit

January 7 & 8, 2017
Resolve to Write
in South Orange, Summit & Montclair
Recap, Part 1| Recap, Part 2


Sunday, November 13, 2016

One Day Writers Mini-Retreat

at MONDO-Summit


October 15, 2016
Let All Voices Be Heard
A Literary Interfaith Dialogue

in Montclair, NJ


September 18, 2016

Conquering the Query Letter
with best-selling author
Ellen Meister
in Montclair, NJ


June 23, 2016

Writers Cafe
Open Mic and Social Mixer
in Summit, NJ


May 1, 2016

Less Stress College Essays!
with author and educator
Sarah Lyman Kravits

in Summit, NJ


April 17 , 2016

Tea & Poetry
with BJ Ward & Cat Doty

in Summit, NJ


March 20 , 2016
Kick Start Your Blog
in Montlciar, NJ

March 13 , 2016
How to Get Successfully Published
with The Book Doctors

in Summit, NJ

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