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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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Perks of a Writing Partner

So, you’ve got a great idea for your novel, and you really want to bring it to fruition, but you’re having a hard time sitting down to do it. Sure, you start out each day fully intending to carve out time to get some writing done. But you keep pushing…

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My Journey as a Writer on the Spectrum

I was inspired to become a writer thanks to reading Little Women , by Louisa May Alcott, and the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I enjoyed writing short stories from a young age. My teachers jokingly inquired, “Linda what are you writing, a…

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Fiction as Mood: JCW’s Own Charlotte Hammond Is Published

This month we are celebrating the publication of Jersey City Writers member Charlotte Hammond’s short story, “Children’s Day,” which will appear in the upcoming anthology, A Tapestry of Colours , from Marshall Cavendish Asia. The collection is geared toward high-school-age learners and focuses on the cultural practices of specific…

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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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Hudson Gives: from Our Virtual Home to Our Physical Home

One year ago when Jersey City Writers (JCW) participated in the fundraising campaign, Hudson Gives, we surpassed our goal of $5,000 to build our beautiful new website. This year, we’re setting an ambitious new goal of $6,000 to build our new physical space, and to make it a home for our…

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