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.
We invite teens to apply for our summer internship program. We offer two different tracks, both of which require training.
training runs 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 2, 3, & 5
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.
THE INTERVIEW PROJECT
training runs 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July 2 & 3
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 be housed in the Red Bank Public Library and given to the participants and their families.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
July 9 – July 13
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.” Using a variety of writing styles and techniques, we make sure what we want to say comes across clearly and with power. We write and share our posts to make change, and we build confidence in ourselves while doing so.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July 23 – July 27
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.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July 30 – August 3
Where does a poem come from? And what can a poem do? This camp is about finding the poetry in everything―from music to news articles to shopping lists. We explore the almost unlimited world of words by using what’s all around us and looking at lyrics, stanzas, and more that speak to us. Inspired, we then write poems that crush with sadness, lift into joy, soar with possibility, or land with a single sentiment. Stretch your creativity and find the forms and style that suit your voice. It’s all about what you have to say, and how you’re going to craft it. Isn’t it time to walk through life with poetry-colored glasses?
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
August 6 – August 10
This camp is designed for all writers―from the timid to the enthusiastic. Looking at samples of short fiction, we find out what each of us appreciates (or not) and why, and we create our own stories through prompts, exercises, and brainstorming. We use a variety of writing styles and techniques, including “twitter fiction” (140 characters or less) and “one sentence a day” projects that we can continue long after camp ends. We allow time to revise, turning the sentences over until they read just right, and offer opportunities to go public, submitting to Bridge Ink and other literary journals, while also sharing our work on our Instagram account. This is a supportive environment that encourages creativity and helps boost storytelling confidence.