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NaNoWriMo Thoughts

by Heidi Sussman, TWC Adult Student After hearing about it for a while, I decided that 2014 was the year to take the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) … Continue reading

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December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gifts to Fill the Blank Page, Year 2

Last year, we wrote a popular blog post on gifts for writers (and readers). Our own holiday gifts to one another were literary in theme – a Mad Hatter tea … Continue reading

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December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thanksgiving For Writers by Christina Kapp

Well, folks, it’s almost Thanksgiving, quite possibly my favorite holiday. First and foremost I’m always grateful to my family for being the continual force for good that they are, and … Continue reading

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November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

From Page to Screen: A Talk with Macmillan’s Brendan Deneen

Just how does an aspiring novelist find his way to becoming the head of a brand-new, paradigm-shifting division of a major publishing house?  For Brendan Deneen, it’s a circuitous route that lead to becoming … Continue reading

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November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

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 · 2 Comments

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
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