In addition to his writing and editing, Jeff Campbell has been a writing teacher for nearly 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 but 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, create a spirit of adventure, 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 on my last story. 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.

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