As a writer who spent half her childhood (ages 9-18) in New Jersey, I am happy to spotlight this piece of literary NJ: The Writers Loft, located in Montclair.
I found out about The Writers Loft, "where creative people come to work," from Lisa Romeo, who will be leading an essay-writing seminar there on December 10. (Lisa and I recently strengthened our bond as New Jersey writers when I attended a poetry reading she participated in at my hometown library. Such fun!)
If I were still living in ye olde suburban town, I'd definitely look into The Writers Loft. Perhaps those of you in the Garden State will wish to do the same.