A cosponsored program with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts
Working with over 15,000 students annually, the New Jersey Writers Project brings an impressive roster of seasoned teaching artists into classrooms and community-based organizations to help students and teachers discover the joy of writing, performing and being creative. Residencies work with students grades 3-12, are four to twenty-one days in length, and include pre-residency meetings with classroom teachers, as well as a professional development component for all teachers and administrators at the school.
Along with the Basic Residency that teaches poetry, prose, and playwriting in the classroom, the Writers Project offers after-school enrichment programs, residencies that target specific populations, specific geographic locations, and specific curricular objectives, as well as Professional Development Programs, all of which can be tailored to the needs of a school or community-based organization.
Residency costs vary by length and objective, and full and partial grants are available. For a complete list of residency possibilities, click here. For a residency application, click here.
Here's what some schools and students have to say about
The New Jersey Writers Project:
"It is impossible to put a point value on [the artist's] effectiveness with our students but each of my staff strongly value her contribution. It must be noted that we purposely schedule [the residency] before state testing so that our students have this added instruction and the benefit of her unique presentation."
-- William E. Hoffman, Principal Aaron Decker School, Butler
"I used to think that my stories weren't good. I used to not want to read my stories, but I learned to write stories with meaning, and now I feel more confident."
-- 5th Grade Student, Dennis O'Brien Elementary School
"Students who normally do not enjoy writing, suddenly found themselves trying new ideas as well as experimenting with words, sounds and images. Most importantly, they took pride in their work, knowing that it would be shared by the entire school community."
-- Vince D'Albero, Vice Principal Von E. Mauger School, Middlesex
"[The Artist] has created a learning atmosphere that has engendered introspective writing and 'safe-zone' sharing among my students...[She] wrote along with the students, validating the importance of their work and providing models of creativity and time management."
-- Maureen McVeigh-Berzok, English Teacher Piscataway High School, Piscataway
"It made me realize how important writing is and how much we can learn about ourselves. I had a great time."
-- 12th Grade Student, North Hunterdon High School