Lisa Hartsgrove is program coordinator and creative writing instructor for Project Write Now. Please follow the links below for more information, or if you’d like to register for a class or event with Lisa.

Lunchtime Write-In

Adults, On Zoom, Fridays, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Join us for one hour of instructor-led writing time. Get your thoughts out and down on the page, create a story to share with others, or escape into your own imaginative world. The choice is yours! Each week, we provide three timed prompts based on a different theme. We leave time at the end of class to share your work if you choose. Research shows that daily writing has a multitude of benefits, and we provide the time, space, and support to reap those benefits. *All proceeds support PWN’s community outreach programs.

Please note: This class is taught through Zoom video conferencing.


Just Write

Adults, On Zoom, Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
Six Weeks: January 19 – February 23

Do you want to write but have no idea where to start? Do nerves prevent you from joining a writing class? This class is aimed at the shy, closeted, or new writer. In a safe, supportive environment, we invite you into the storytelling mindset with the help of guided writing prompts. We bring in mentor texts as inspiration―including samples of fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, and more―and we motivate you to start and continue your own writing practice. Each week, we come together to discover the stories we really want to tell and generate ways to get them onto the page.

Please note: This class is taught through Zoom video conferencing.


Building a Portfolio

Ages 12-18, On Zoom, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Six Weeks: January 20 – February 24

Does the life of a writer call to you? Do you want to get your writing out into the world? Do you want to develop the skills to craft compelling pieces that you can submit to prestigious contests and publications? Writing is a superpower that builds confidence, creates opportunities, and changes lives.

During this class, we generate, revise, and polish a variety of writing pieces that capture your style and range, employing genres, characters, themes, and approaches unique to your voice. We spend the first few weeks drafting pieces using prompts and mentor texts as inspiration. Then we move into a revision phase during which we offer peer and instructor feedback to make the pieces stronger. In our final stage, we provide content editing as well as line editing. At the end of the session, writers are guided through submitting selected pieces to local and national contests and publications, including the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Learn the valuable skill of completing projects that showcase your hard work, dedication, and talent.

Please note: This class is taught through Zoom video conferencing.


Teen Writing Group

Ages 14-18, On Zoom, Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Six Weeks: January 21 – February 25

This teen-led group is designed for teens writing or wanting to start novels, poetry collections, memoir, nonfiction, short story collections, or other projects. (The projects may be in any stage of completion—from ideas to a handful of scenes to near-publication.) For the first part of the class, we use the online platform Wet Ink to write to the prompt(s) provided by the teen leaders and to give constructive feedback. Then we move to Zoom to continue conversations around writing and sharing our work. This is a supportive environment, where everyone is ready to learn and grow from our shared missteps and triumphs in writing. Find inspirational writing prompts, new friends, and feedback as you join our community of teenage writers who are not afraid to accomplish their dreams. Through plot twists, cliffhangers, and verse, we move closer to finishing, editing, and (hopefully) publishing our works.

Please note: This class is taught through Zoom video conferencing and the online platform Wet Ink.