Teaching

In addition to writing and editing, Jeff Campbell has been a writing teacher for over a decade. In 2010, he launched his first “Crunchy Bug Club,” an after-school creative writing club in a grade school in Morristown, New Jersey. In 2014, he became a writing teacher with the Writers Circle, based in South Orange and with classes in Morristown. With the Writers Circle, Jeff teaches creative writing for all ages, children and adults.

With grade-school students, Jeff uses wacky writing games and unusual story prompts to unleash creativity, have fun, and spark a love of writing. With teens, he also emphasizes specific aspects of storytelling, such as character development, plot, descriptive language, wordplay, and dialogue, along with developing critique and revision skills.

With adults, Jeff teaches mostly creative nonfiction, drawing on his extensive experience as a travel writer, nonfiction author, and editor. He helps students apply the universal tools of narrative to all nonfiction, while also honing each student’s unique perspective, so that whatever the format or genre, writing is defined by urgency, vividness, clarity, and purpose.

Through the Writers Circle, Jeff also conducts in-school writing programs, works one-on-one with young writers, and runs writing workshops. For more information, please contact Jeff (jcampbellbooks@aol.com) or the Writers Circle.

“Thank you for your detailed editor’s notes. Your questions and comments are incisive and helpful. I’ve rarely had anyone respond to my work so thoughtfully and thoroughly. . . . You’re a great facilitator, and the course was challenging and inspiring.” —Linda T.

“Thank you for an exemplary class. I have learned a great deal about the elements of creative nonfiction. . . . I have grown tremendously as a direct result of your instruction and am incredibly grateful.”—Jennifer H.

“Jeff is a fantastic teacher and mentor. My daughter can be shy but with Jeff she participates actively and is motivated to share her work.”—Anonymous

“Jeff was enthusiastic and engaging. His games and activities inspired our daughter to write, be creative, and be proud of her work. He is a true professional.”—Anonymous

The Writers Circle at Kidfest 2016 at the Morristown Festival of Books, Morristown, NJ.