• Jersey Plums: A Poetry Workshop

    & CO

    Calling all poets! This workshop will start by critiquing two poems, one by each person signed up ahead of time. Please note if you have never attended our poetry workshop before, you must attend a workshop at least once before you can be on the schedule. The workshop will end, if time permits, with one 10-15 minute writing prompt (an idea to incorporate into a poem written on the spot). Poets who sign up to be workshopped must email David the poem by 10am Friday so she can print copies for the group. To sign up for a workshop in advance, please contact David at [masked] . While critiquing poems, we will “mind our P’s and Q’s” by Praising first what works in a poem, and then Questioning what might be improved. This helps to keep the feedback positive and constructive. If you are new to critiquing poetry, please see these guidelines: http://triadwriters.org/inspiration/guidelines-critique-of-poem/

  • Writers Workshop w/ Jim

    & CO

    In Writers Workshop, we will critique Jersey City Writers members' short stories, novel excerpts, scripts, poems, etc. in a friendly and supportive environment. JCW Writers Workshop guidelines for submissions: • You must attend at least one workshop prior to submitting piece for critique. • You must sign up for Writers Workshop in advance with the moderator. • No more than 5-6 pages in 12 point type. • Keep feedback constructive and positive. Writers should submit pieces to the moderator at least three days prior to their workshop date. This allows the moderator to review and email to the group. If you are new to critiquing other's work, please see these guidelines: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/how-to-give-constructive-feedback-on-writing/

  • Tuesday Writing Prompts: Character

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    Join JCW for three writing prompts on developing unique characters. We’ll talk about character-driven stories, and how creating a character that keeps you guessing will keep you writing. At 6:45 join us for What is...?, a 10 minute pre-prompts chat where we'll discuss and explain some of the major ideas concerning tonight's prompts. What is character development? Writers throw around words like “fleshed out” and “well rounded.” This Tuesday we’ll have a ten minute “What is…?” session on just what that means.

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  • Open Genre Writing

    & CO

    SEIZE THE PAGE! Our writing sessions will be out front in the common area - comfy chairs, sturdy tables or cozy booths, take your pick! • What we'll do Come join other friendly writers and hardworking procrastinators! Open to any and all genres. Give yourself two hours to get some work done; no prompts, no critiques. If you can't seem to get any writing done when you're left to your own devices, come! If you have a deadline for a workshop or The Full Story, come! Or maybe you just want to work in the quiet company of others. Think of it as mini writing marathons similar to our NaNoWriMo gatherings. So bring your laptop or notebook and join us! • What to bring Your writerly self and whatever writing instruments work best for you! • Important to know: We will meet on the first and third (and occasional fifth) Monday of each month.

  • The Full Story FICTION: Kimberly McAdoo

    Charles & Co.

    We're meeting to offer author Kimberly McAdoo feedback on her novel! To participate (NOTE: this involves reading the complete manuscript before the event!), please email me directly at [masked].

  • Jersey Plums: Polishing Your Poems for Publication with Sarah Jewell

    This week our craft workshop will focus on taking your polished poems and submitting them for publication. What are tools you can use to identify potential homes for your work? What questions should you ask yourself before submitting poems to a journal or anthology? Do you have to pay submission fees to submit your work, and when is it worth it? How do you track your poems as you send them out? While this workshop is designed to help beginners in submitting their work, more experienced submitters are encouraged to share their experiences with the group, as we can all learn from each other. There will also be at least one writing exercise during the workshop, aimed to help you generate new material. Note: this workshop will limited to 12 participants who RSVP ahead of time. Each participant will be invited to bring 3 poems in hard copy (no more than 6 pages long) that they consider finished and ready to submit. Sarah Jewell, author of How to Break Your Own Heart, and Sara Patton Poetry Prize recipient, will review these poems and make personalized recommendations about journals to submit to, which will be emailed to the participants (within a month after the workshop, by Oct 15). Please understand publication is not guaranteed, but she is excited to push poets on the road to publication.

  • WRITING PROMPTS WITH JIM

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    Jumpstart your creativity! Tonight's workshop will use three upcoming writing contests as the focus of each prompt so writers can get a jump on getting published. The goal of prompts is to move writers from their comfort zone and try a new genre, voice or character. • What to bring Notebook, laptop and pen, and your imagination!

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  • Writers Workshop w/ Rachel

    Andco

    Join your fellow writers twice a month for a Writers Workshop. In Writers Workshop, Jersey City Writers' active members review submitted work (ie., short stories, poems, scripts, etc.) in advance. We provide direct feedback on submitted pieces in a supportive and social environment. JCW Writers Workshop guidelines for submissions: • You must sign up for Writers Workshop in advance • You must be an active JCW member to be scheduled • You must keep feedback constructive and positive

  • NONFICTION WORKSHOP W/ Mary Ann

    & CO

    Our philosophy is that facts can be as compelling as fiction. We are a warm, enthusiastic and supportive group, dedicated to helping each other become the best writers we can be. Two members have completed book length memoirs, getting feedback on Nonfiction Mondays, one chapter at a time. We welcome a wide range of nonfiction including essays, memoir, blog posts, articles. At each workshop, you will have the opportunity to pick a date to submit your work for review and feedback.

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  • Jersey Plums: A Poetry Workshop

    & CO

    Calling all poets! This workshop will start by critiquing two poems, one by each person signed up ahead of time. Please note if you have never attended our poetry workshop before, you must attend a workshop at least once before you can be on the schedule. The workshop will end, if time permits, with one 10-15 minute writing prompt (an idea to incorporate into a poem written on the spot). Poets who sign up to be workshopped must email David the poem by 10am Friday so she can print copies for the group. To sign up for a workshop in advance, please contact David at [masked] . While critiquing poems, we will “mind our P’s and Q’s” by Praising first what works in a poem, and then Questioning what might be improved. This helps to keep the feedback positive and constructive. If you are new to critiquing poetry, please see these guidelines: http://triadwriters.org/inspiration/guidelines-critique-of-poem/

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