• New Jersey Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in New Jersey, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in New Jersey, these are some organizations you might want to check out.



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    Althea Ward Clark W ’21 Reading Series

    A reading series offered by the Lewis Center for Creative Writing at Princeton.


    Appel Farms Arts Camp 

    Encourages writers to explore structure, voice and characterization in any style of writing they choose: poetry, creative nonfiction and short-story writing.


    Collingswood Book Festival

    Closing off six blocks of streets in Collingswood, the festival is filled with nationally recognized authors/speakers for adults and children, as well as booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities and other entertainment for all ages.


    Delaware Valley Poets

    Founded in 1952, the DVP is a group of more than seventy writers, and offers monthly workshops.


    Halfway There Reading Series

    Brings together established and emerging voices, as well as local and visiting writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Events take place in Montclair at the Red Eye Cafe.



    An organization that supports the literary and creative writing community at The College of New Jersey. Offers readings, visiting writers and an arts festival.


    Jersey City Writers

    A community of dedicated scribes who seek to develop and explore their craft in a fun and open social setting.


    Liberty States Fiction Writers

    Open to both published and unpublished fiction writers, LSFW offers networking and promotion to its members, as well as workshops, discussions, meet-ups, its annual Liberty States Fiction Writers and Readers Conference, and more.


    Murphy Writing Seminars

    An annual seaside retreat offering workshops, readings and more.


    Nassau Literary Review

    The second-oldest undergraduate literary magazine in the nation and the oldest student publication at Princeton University. Publishes prose, poetry and artwork.


    Nick Virgilio Writers House

    Opened in April 2018 by the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association, this community space in Camden offers workshops for children and adults, as well as a lecture series, panel discussions, film screenings, and much more.


    Poetry & Prose Getaway

    Challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback, and an encouraging community. Offers small, intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and memoir.


    Poetry Center

    The mission of the Poetry Center is to provide poetry events and workshops to a diverse audience and to provide opportunities for poets by offering contests, awards, a journal, anthologies, reference materials and conferences.


    Poetry Festival 

    An annual festival that brings together readers and writers.



    Aims to reach the common reader in everyone and to provide a particular experience of reading, one that nurtures an engaged and questioning approach to cultural texts of all sorts: literary, artistic, political, historical, sociological, even scientific.


    Rutgers/Camden Summer Writers’ Conference

    An intensive program of workshops and readings, featuring a staff of nationally-known writers, poets and editors.


    Walt Whitman House

    Tour the great poet’s house.


    William Paterson Writers Conference

    An annual conference which offers a day of workshops and readings in creative writing, literature and publishing.


    Winter Writers’ Weekend

    An annual retreat in Princeton for writers looking to learn more about publishing, marketing, and promotion. The focus is on the business side of writing, but there are also workshops designed to help you finish your WIP.


    Women Reading Aloud

    An organization dedicated to the power of the writer’s voice, it offers workshops, readings, yoga and a writing retreat in Greece.


    The Write Group

    A support group for writers, now in its 16th year, offering weekly genre-specific discussion groups, monthly readings, and more.


    The Writers Circle

    A lively community of writers of all ages and interests, The Writers Circle offers creative writing workshops for children and adults in South Orange, Summit, and Maplewood.


    The Writers of the Weird

    A community of published and unpublished authors with an interest in the “weird” genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Operates in affiliation with the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County.


    Writer’s Relief

    An author’s submission service helping creative writers make well-targeted, professional submissions to literary agents and editors.


    The Writing Center 

    Seminars and workshops in Englewood Cliffs.


    Writing from the Margins

    Workshops, panel discussions, and readings “connect[ing] writers and readers in a dynamic exploration of the power and potential of literature representing the diversity of human experience,” courtesy of Bloomfield College’s Division of the Humanities.


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