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 camp.
SPRING SESSION II
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
April 30 – June 11 (No Class May 14)
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.
Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
May 8 – June 12
Are you a tween who loves creative writing? Do find yourself filling pages in your notebook but aren’t sure what to do with them? This group is all about young writers like you. We focus on finding and enhancing your storytelling voice by exploring different genres and perspectives through inspirational prompts and mentor texts. We meet in a workshop setting to write and share our work, giving and receiving constructive feedback, advice, and encouragement. This is a safe, supportive environment for you to find and refine your ideas, make new friends, and even have some snacks!
Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
May 2 – June 6
This group is designed for teens writing novels, poetry collections, memoir, nonfiction, short story collections, or other projects, and for those about to start one. The projects may be in any stage of completion, from a handful of scenes and ideas to near-publication. We meet in a workshop setting to give and receive constructive feedback, advice, and encouragement to help each other move forward with our projects. 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, feedback, food, and refreshments 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.
Throughout the Summer
Training runs July 8 – 10
Our Teen Internship Program (for 15-18 year olds) provides a unique, hands-on experience in the fields of education or journalism. Our internships are designed to engage students in a field they may want to pursue after high school. Teaching Assistant Interns have the freedom to choose which camps they’d most like to work with, and The Interview Project Interns are encouraged to develop their own unique journalistic stories. Each internship offers community service hours and can be listed on resumes. No prior experience is necessary.
Training: July 8 – 10
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
During this internship, you assist with teaching writing to groups of children in our summer programs under the supervision of one of our instructors. During the training, you learn how to design lesson plans based on what you love about writing. You are then given the opportunity to teach throughout the summer. This is an unpaid internship, but you can receive community service credit for your participation. To apply, fill out this application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15. Limited to 18 participants.
The Interview Project
Training: July 8 – 10
1 to 4 p.m.
During this internship, you interview and write stories about people of interest in your community―whoever intrigues you―from your neighbor to a local business owner to the mayor. Inspired by “Humans of New York,” this project has you finding and sharing stories that need to be told, ones that will touch the lives of others. During the training, we teach you essential journalism skills, such as interviewing, selecting important details, and writing a compelling narrative. The goal is to provide completed stories to give to the participants and their families. This is an unpaid internship, but you can receive community service credit for your participation. To apply, fill out this application and send it to email@example.com by June 15. Limited to eight participants.
July 15 – 19
1 to 4 p.m.
Are you ready to see where your imagination can take you? In this camp, we stencil, color, and freewrite to fun prompts—exploring the ideas that tug at us, the concepts that intrigue us, and the thoughts that stir us. Your journal becomes a vehicle for all of these thoughts, emotions, and big ideas. Then we show you how to take what’s in your journal and turn it into a story, poem, and even art photography, staging pages in creative ways to post on our Instagram account. We also collaborate, combining our best work in a sketchbook that we send off to live forever in the Brooklyn Art Library as part of its “Sketchbook Project.” We write and share to make change, and we build confidence in ourselves while doing so.
July 22 – 26
1 to 4 p.m.
Identifying as a girl, what are some of the day-to-day challenges you face? How do you feel about social media, for example? Or drama among your peers? What about pressures in school? During this camp, we have deep discussions about what it means to be a young woman in today’s society. We explore our differences and write about them, developing and strengthening our unique voices. Using a variety of writing styles and techniques, we make sure what we want to say comes across clearly and with power. Write to make change while building confidence and making new friends you can connect with in a meaningful way.