Each year, the New Jersey Writers Project (NJWP) engages over 15,000 students in grades K-12 through literary and performing arts residencies. Led by our seasoned teaching artists, students and teachers use the power of imagination through writing, presenting, and responding to each other’s work. The benefits of this creative process include a deeper comprehension of content, informed critical thinking, and problem solving, among others.
Residencies are amenable to traditional and progressive school settings and community-based organizations. Programs are available in 4 to 12-day schedules and include pre-residency meetings with the teaching artist and professional development opportunities for teachers and staff.
The Basic Residency structure may also be adapted into an Enrichment Program that can be tailored to meet the particular needs of a site. For a list of possibilities, please click here. For a residency application, click here.
Residency costs vary by length and discipline. Full and partial grants may be available depending upon program structure and school eligibility.
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
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