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50 Ways to Tell a (Rescue) Story: 7 Tips for Writers

by Jeff Campbell, TWC Instructor One good hook? That’s hard enough to come up with. Fifty good hooks, one after another, for 300 pages? That’s the daunting challenge I faced … Continue reading

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October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Writing Retreat Journal by Christina Kapp

Thanks to Christina Kapp, who facilitates TWC’s Poets Circle and teaches our Wednesday Young Storymakers class, for sharing her retreat journal with us! Friday It was definitely not a good … Continue reading

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September 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

What If?

by Paul Witcover, TWC Sci-Fi/Fantasy Instructor Are you a speculative fiction writer? Speculative fiction is distinguished by a sense of wonder. Entire books of critical theory have been written about … Continue reading

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September 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

My Writing Retreat Fairy Tale

Inspired by TWC’s upcoming writing retreat, Michelle offers a whimsical fairy tale… Once upon a time, there was a timid young woman with a yen for writing and a monster … Continue reading

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August 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Visit to the Deserted Village

by Alex, age 14, Summer Intensive Writer This essay was written following the Summer Creative Writing Intensive’s visit to the Deserted Village in Watchung Reservation on July 23. Through the … Continue reading

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July 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

An Environment of Exploration and Inspiration

by Cindy Sharra, TWC Intern As New Jersey’s prolonged winter loosened its grasp, the long-awaited summer took its place. Students from around the area parted from their schools and supplies … Continue reading

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July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

That One Can Smile, and Smile, and Be a Villain

O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain! My tables—meet it is I set it down That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain— Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 106–108 … Continue reading

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June 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Speaker Series RECAP: Publishing Insiders: Literary Gatekeepers share what’s happening “over the transom”

This Sunday’s Speaker Series event, “Publishing Insiders” was a huge hit, with three articulate young professionals telling it like it really is in a rapidly changing and still completely vital … Continue reading

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April 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Shaping the Monster

A lot of my students are coming to an interesting moment in their writing. They’re nearing the end of their drafts – long, hard-earned manuscripts that they’ve been crafting for … Continue reading

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March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Afternoon with Digital Visionary Jason Allen Ashlock

Jason Allen Ashlock may not like to call himself an expert, but we at The Writers Circle refuse to consider him anything else. Who but a true digital visionary could … Continue reading

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February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment
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