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TWC's 2016-17 Speaker Series & Special Events


Writing as Advocacy

with Journalist Steph Auteri

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 3:00-6:00 pm

at St. Luke's Church, Montclair


Writing as Advocacy


One way to effect change in this challenging world is to use writing as a tool for advocacy. Op-eds, reaction pieces, and calls to action can all draw attention to subjects you feel passionate about, and amplify the important work of others. In this one-day workshop, we'll review these various types of writing, and engage in targeted exercises in order to generate work with a message. By the end of the day, you'll walk into the world with a list of story ideas, the beginnings of a query letter, and resources to help you find the places where you might publish your work. If you’re looking for new ways to make a difference with your writing, join us.



Journalist Steph Auteri has written about women's health and sexuality for Undark, Narratively, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, VICE, The Washington Post, Jezebel, Salon, and other publications. She is also the Managing Editor for sexuality education site Good in Bed, and blogs for the Center for Sex Education, Book Riot, and mom.me.


Steph says in her blog that "I try to spur dialogue around topics women are sometimes afraid to speak out about." Like so many of us, she has been troubled by the current political situation. As a result, she originated the full-session Writing as Advocacy workshop for The Writers Circle, using those tools used as journalist to help writers and non-writers alike learn how to use their voices and be heard.


Seats are limited. Advance registration is strongly suggested.


Fee $75




One Day Writers Mini-Retreat

Returning this spring by popular demand!

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at MONDO-Summit



Dedicate a day to your writing in our sun-filled, loft-like Summit location!

Hours of free writing, plus warm-ups, goal-setting, creativity sparking prompts, meditation and yoga.

Plus box lunches available from Marigold’s and optional individual critique on your work from one of TWC’s author-instructors.


Retreat fee:  $110

(including Meditation/Yoga session)

OPTIONAL: Individual Critique - $40

(up to 10 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-Point font)
Only 8 slots available

OPTIONAL: Marigold's Box Lunch - $15


Seats are limited. Advance registration is strongly suggested.


Mini-Retreat Options
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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.

The Writers Circle
Speaker Series


Workshops and Talks with Authors & Industry Professionals


Writing for Advocacy

Sunday, March 12

at St. Luke's Church, Montclair


One Day Mini-Retreat

Saturday, April 8

at MONDO-Summit


Celebrate Poetry Month with TWC

Tickling the Muse – a poetry workshop


Tea & Poetry - our annual Free Event!

Sunday, April 30

at MONDO-Summit


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