StageFEST 2014: A Stage Manager's Prospective

StageFEST 2014: A Stage Manager’s Prospective

The reason I got into theater was the element of life it had that differed from any other source of entertainment.  Collaborating with live people to create a product that was so temporary and so special has always driven me to work in theater.  And although most of us outside of the creative world lump […]

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Space Dreams and Dystopia: A Night for Writers of Science Fiction

Space Dreams and Dystopia: A Night for Writers of Science Fiction

Jersey City Writers gear up to celebrate Science Fiction at our first literary genre night. Space Dreams and Dystopia will be hosted by yours truly Meg Merriet. Our aim with this event is to celebrate the genre as well as help writers learn how and where to get their science fiction published. The way this has […]

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Free Books: A Satirical Guide on How To Use as Marketing Tools

Free Books: A Satirical Guide on How To Use as Marketing Tools

Once you publish a book you have to go out and market it. Certainly business cards are required. The best marketing tool, however, may be giving out free books and asking readers to spread the word and maybe write an Amazon review. But to whom should you gift your books? Some decisions are easy. If […]

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Join JCW @ StageFEST for the premier of Dissecting Lily

Join JCW @ StageFEST for the premier of Dissecting Lily

Dissecting Lily will be premiering at StageFEST in The Landmark Loew’s Theatre on Friday, March 21, at 8:15 pm and Saturday, March 22, at 4:45 pm. Dissecting Lily tells the story of Shane, a high school film geek, who is shocked and confused by the suicide of his classmate Lily. Her life seemed perfect–she got good […]

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A Few Words about Flash Fiction

A Few Words about Flash Fiction

The way we read has changed. Most of us are getting our news and entertainment on the internet, and many of us are accessing the internet via our cell phones.  Our attention spans have shrunk along with our diminishing screen sizes.  It’s no surprise then that the length of our stories is shrinking too. Perhaps […]

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Exquisite Corpse: The Prompt

Exquisite Corpse: The Prompt

During a recent Jersey City Writers session, the attendees collaborated on an ‘Exquisite Corpse’ prompt. Exquisite Corpse is a writing challenge where one person begins a story, then passes it down through a chain of writers to continue the narrative.  The group had only two guidelines:  1) you can write up to 2 lines/sentences and […]

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The Temple Maiden: Carol Deminski’s Story

Jersey City Writers member Carol Deminski’s story The Temple Maiden has been published on the progressive literary website Gone Lawn. The Temple Maiden was  inspired by two real life events for Carol. “The first was a trip to Oaxaca Mexico, including Monte Alban where I saw and photographed a turquoise encrusted skull. The second event […]

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Self-publishing Tips, Tools, and Resources

More than 40 people gathered on Dec. 4 at IndieGrove to hear writers describe their experiences with self-publishing as part of an event hosted by Jersey City Writers. The panel is part of a series of events to help inspire and support our growing community of scribes who seek to develop and hone their craft. […]

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My Journey through NaNoWriMo

My Journey through NaNoWriMo

Normally my protagonists are the ones to embark on a journey, but last month I found myself exploring unfamiliar territory as I endeavored to complete NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a mountain that every writer should climb at least once. It tests your inner critic, your work ethic, and your creative energy. At […]

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JCW Hosts Self-publishing Panel

JCW will host a self-publishing panel on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Indiegrove, 121 Newark Ave., 5th Floor, Jersey City, NJ, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The panel includes:  Laryssa Wirstiuk, author of The Prescribed Burn; Lana Rose Diaz, author of Guerilla Poet Tree; Patricia McFerren, author of The Seer (Lt. Guy LeBlanc Mysteries); and […]

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