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Writing Workshop in Millburn-Short Hills

A few spots are open in a writing workshop in Millburn taught by Laura Zinn Fromm. Fromm, the author of the forthcoming Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping, has been teaching writing workshops through New York Writers Workshop in Manhattan for seven years and in Millburn for two.

The class runs 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. for ten weeks, beginning Monday, September 16.

Writers will have the opportunity to share their work, receive written critiques, and discuss assigned readings by such authors as Raymond Carver, MFK Fisher, Karen Joy Fowler, Ken Follett, Vivian Gornick, Mary Karr, Katherine Heiny. Phil Klay, Anne Lamott, Alice Munro, Philip Roth, and Dani Shapiro, among others. Students can submit short stories, essays and/or sections of novels and memoirs. Coffee will be served and a friendly yellow dog may sit in. Instructor’s approval required prior to registering. Please email a 3–5 page writing sample to

Zinn Fromm holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. A former editor at Business Week magazine, she is the winner of the Clarion Award and the Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Labor Reporting. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Business Week, Huffington Post,, New Jersey Life & Leisure, and Wellesley magazine, among other places. Her book, Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping, is due out from Greenpoint Press in September. For more information, please visit and

Montclair resident and New York Times sports journalist Harvey Araton has published his first novel:  COLD TYPE (Cinco Puntos Press).  A seasoned non-fiction author, having published six books in the genre, including a New York Times best-seller, COLD TYPE has been praised by reviewers, including:

Harvey Araton, of Montclair, does an excellent job of telling one reporter’s story during that strike in this novel, which encompasses the lure of newspapers and the dynamics of complicated family relationships. Araton, a sports writer for the New York Times and formerly of the News, also does a fine job of explaining the moribund days of once-mighty unions that ran papers.

New York Times writer and columnist Araton knows newspapers and knows New York, and in his seventh book (and first novel), he explores clashes more personal, more searing, more universal than any of the sports stories he’s told before.

Signed copies of COLD TYPE are available at Watchung Booksellers.

Montclair resident, Richard Fulco will be reading from his debut novel, There Is No End to This Slope, at the Montclair Public Library on September 17 at 6pm.

A q&a will follow.

Hank Quense Publishes New Novel

Author Hank Quense and Strange Worlds Publishing announce the release of Quense’s new novel Moxie’s Problem, a coming -of-age book with the background a parody of the traditional Camelot legends.  Available in ebook and paperback.  For a list of buy links go to:

Matthew Thomas
Launch Party and Discussion
We Are Not Ourselves
Thursday, August 21, 7-8pm

Once in a while we get to be there to witness a great and important book at the beginning of its journey. This is one of those times. Montclair’s own Matthew Thomas introduces us to his highly anticipated literary debut, an epic generational story that has been hailed as a “masterwork,” “powerful and significant,” and “storytelling at it’s best,” by everyone from author Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding) to USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly. We are Not Ourselves was a featured title at the Editor’s Buzz, BEA, 2014.
Join us in this celebration!

Montclair Times Seeks Community Reporter

The Montclair Times seeks a reporter to cover features and news. The beat encompasses the Community section, with coverage of people, communities, organizations, and local issues. Responsibilities include developing and writing features, enterprise series, hard news, and investigative reporting; taking images and videos; writing headlines and captions; and laying out pages in the Community section. Must prepare and post articles to the web. A college degree is preferred and proven journalism experience is required. Necessary attributes include excellent verbal skills, PC and social media aptitude, and the ability to deal with the public and collaborate with colleagues. Adequate means of transportation is essential. Familiarity with the area is advantageous. It’s a varied work schedule, and the days and hours will fluctuate. Send your cover letter, resume, and copies of, or links to, four or five published clips to Mark Porter, editor,, or The Montclair Times, 130 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Join The Writers Circle for its first Weekend Writing Retreat, September 5-7 in Mendham, NJ.

The Writers Circle is holding its first creative writing retreat on the beautiful grounds of St. Marguerite’s Retreat House in Mendham, NJ. This will be a true retreat – no workshops or instruction. Just plenty of quiet time to spend with your thoughts, memories and characters.

Each writer will have their own small, private room, sharing communal bathrooms. Linen and bedding supplied.

Arrive any time after 4:00 PM on Friday. Stay until 2:30 PM on Sunday.

Fee: $300 includes room and six meals.

Register at

Join us for an inspiring and productive weekend.

The Book Doctors Present: A Webinar on How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish? We’ve helped hundreds of talented amateurs become professionally published authors. All questions will be answered, and three lucky writers will get pitch their book. 7/16. PS. If you’re not available that day, don’t worry, you can download and listen anytime!

Upcoming Return to Work Conference

Last year I was in limbo–searching for full-time work as a communications writer, but also trying to hang on to some flexibility. I attended this great conference that helped me define my goals, and gave me the confidence to “jump back in” to a career–not to mention that I found it to be a valuable networking experience. The conference is coming up again and I thought I would share it with this group.

Save the Date: 2014 iRelaunch Annual Return to Work Conference!

Wednesday, October 1; 9am-5pm, Columbia University, Lerner Hall

Learn the Most Effective Return to Work Strategies and Meet Employers Interested in Hiring Relaunchers
Expert guidance, concrete direction, and the opportunity to connect with interested employers — that’s what you can expect at an iRelaunch Return to Work Conference. It’s a one-day event specifically designed to meet the needs of experienced professionals (in all fields including communications, media, publishing, marketing and more) returning from career break and the employers interested in recruiting them. The Conference hosts women and men who’ve taken time from their careers to care for children and parents, or pursue volunteer opportunities or personal interests. Why you took a break (or how long you’ve been out) doesn’t matter. What matters is finding practical, actionable and relevant guidance for returning to work with a purpose.

This event is coordinated by iRelaunch, founded by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, authors of the acclaimed career reentry strategy book, “Back on the Career Track.” For more information,

Virginia Cornue and Linda Lombri (a.k.a. Crystal Sharpe) will talk about their “Journey from Shanghai to Montclair Mystery Writers” as co-authors of SANDRA TROUX MYSTERIES.

They’ll talk about their first two books – The Mystery of the Ming Connection and the new Masquerade on the Net — and give a sneak peek at Book #3, Secrets at Abbott House (due out late 2014).

For details, call Watchung Booksellers at 973 744 7177 or email the authors at