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Creative Writing and Mental Health

Jersey City Writers prides itself on creating a space for all kinds of writers. We approach all writers with an equal level of commitment and enthusiasm. Our philosophy is rooted in our recognition of the beneficial role that creative writing can play in anyone’s life. There have been numerous studies…

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What Writers Read

What do Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Toni Morrison, and hundreds of other authors have in common? Their biggest piece of advice to prospective authors is the same: read.  Reading helps a writer explore new voices and techniques, and see important aspects like character development and plotting play out in action.…

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Workshop Spotlight: the Full Story

Most Jersey City Writers workshops feature a handful of writers sharing short stories, poems, and excerpts of larger works. These workshops help writers take a closer look at a piece of their work. But what about the big picture? In 2014, Jersey City Writers launched its Full Story program. This…

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18 Writing Prompts for Bloomsday

On June 16, modernist book nerds around the world celebrate Bloomsday in honor of James Joyce’s highly experimental novel, Ulysses . The novel has 18 episodes, each of which play with different themes, styles, and unconventional writing methods.  In honor of the arrogant but brilliant author, here are 18…

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The Write Mindset

by Gwendolyn Valerius I've seen the phrase “the write mindset” a few times, and I've even used it for a post in the past. But the more I see it, the more I realize, it isn't entirely true.  On the one hand, arbitrarily stopping yourself from putting words on the page…

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