New Jersey Writers' Conference NJ Winter Getaway Writer's Conference
  January 16-19, 2015     Not your typical writers' conference
           
 

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Prose Workshops

Last year's info below. Registration for the 2015 Getaway will open by 8/15/2014.

We are offering 10 prose workshops at this year's Getaway. Although it may be hard to choose, you'll need to select just one to participate in. By spending the entire weekend in one workshop, you will go deeper into your writing, making more progress than you thought possible. Each workshop will meet for 15 hours over the course of the weekend and will offer craft discussion, writing prompts, writing time and feedback. Experienced writers may wish to register for an advanced workshop or try a new genre.

"The Beginning Your Novel workshop helped me grow as a writer, teacher and person. I would encourage anyone needing inspiration to attend whether they consider themselves a writer or not."
   ~ Jean, Mullica Hill, NJ

Fiction | Nonfiction and Memoir | Multi-genre Workshops | Tutorials


Fiction Workshops


Beginning Your Novel - Filled*
This workshop will help you begin the novel you've always wanted to write. Come with ideas and notes, and develop a plan for writing a must-read book. Learn how to structure your plot, develop your characters, explore different points of view and improve your dialogue-writing skills. Discussions, writing prompts and supportive feedback will get your big project off to an energized start.
   Limited to 10 participants - Led by Joyce McDonald


Continuing Your Novel - Filled*
Novel writing is like a marathon–you have to be in it for the long haul. This workshop will include "off the page exercises" to help solidify your work in character, plot, point of view, getting mired in the middle, planting the seeds for the end and more. We will critique your in-class writing in a constructive, supportive environment that will help you keep moving towards the finish line: a completed first draft! Be ready to submit 2-3 pages of your work in progress and a 1 page synopsis by Dec. 15 (or if registering after that date, submit within a week of registering), not for critique, but to give the workshop leader a sense of the project you're working on.
   Limited to 10 participants - Led by Michelle Cameron


Finishing Your Novel - Filled*
Stuck? This workshop is for writers who are mired in a long prose piece and need a spark to advance. If you're serious about publishing your novel and want to overcome the changing dynamics of the industry, this is the workshop for you. The motivating workshop leader will coach you with exercises, analyses and thoughtful encouragement. She will discuss steps for finishing your manuscript and the process of finding an agent. Be ready to submit up to 20 pages of your novel plus a 2 page synopsis by Dec. 15 (or if registering after that date, submit within a week of registering). The workshop leader and participants will read each manuscript before the Getaway. There is a $200 surcharge for this workshop.
   Limited to just 4 participants - Led by Carol Plum-Ucci


Writing and Publishing Your Fiction - Filled*
This workshop will get you playing with the fundamentals of fiction: plot, structure, voice, point of view, character development and dialogue. On both Saturday and Sunday morning, you will receive inspiring exercises which you can use as starting points for new stories or a weekend-long project. In the afternoons you will receive generous and helpful feedback. Monday morning will be full of insider information and advice on where and how to submit your work for publication. "Re-PETERs" welcome: prompts, readings and craft discussion will differ each year offered.
   Limited to 10 participants - Led by Richard K. Weems


Writing for the Children's Market
This workshop will explore the different genres of juvenile and young adult literature and focus on the key elements of writing—creating character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, conflict and the use of detail. You will practice methods for keeping the reader interested and work on your revision technique. Exercises and prompts will provide springboards for discussion and feedback. We will conclude the weekend with a discussion of how the publishing world has changed and submission strategies. Works in progress welcome.
   Limited to 10 participants - Led by Pamela Curtis Swallow


Visions and Revision: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
What will keep an editor reading your writing? How can you make it stand out? This workshop will help you focus and polish your prose, whether creative nonfiction or fiction. Feedback and encouragement will help make your writing stronger, and guided revising will ensure it rings true to your vision. Be ready to submit 2-5 pages on which you need feedback by Dec. 15 (or if registering after that date, submit within a week of registering). This workshop will focus intensely on revising and you will benefit more by submitting a work in progress rather than a piece that is nearly complete. The workshop leader and participants will read each submission before the Getaway.
   Limited to 8 participants - Led by Roberta Clipper


Creative Writing Sampler: Fiction
If you are eager to try your hand at writing fiction, here's your chance. You will engage with key elements of the genre, practice techniques that will turn your writing into a sensory experience and develop and refine your own style. Stimulating prompts will provide springboards for writing, sharing and discussion. Whether you're seasoned or haven't put pen to paper in far too long, this workshop will energize your writing. This workshop is one of three genres featured in the Creative Writing Sampler. Learn more about this workshop.
   Led by Judith Lindbergh


Can't wait to attend the Getaway?

Register today!


*Interested in a workshop that is filled? View our Wait List Information



Nonfiction and Memoir Workshops

"I wanted to thank you for all of the insights and encouragement I received from attending last January. Attached is a preview of the results. The book will be available to the public later this week."
   ~ Bill, Margate, NJ

Creative Nonfiction - Filled*
Creative nonfiction, which includes memoir, personal essay, travel and food writing and narrative journalism, does not need to be earth-shattering to be compelling; it just needs to be well-told, true stories. During this supportive workshop, we will have the opportunity to observe, imagine and recreate as we explore strategies for generating new writing. We will work on exercises designed to tap into our memories, experiences and ideas, practice new storytelling techniques and learn how fictional tools help the creative nonfiction writer. As we share our developing stories, we will discuss how to expand them into publishable pieces.
   Limited to 10 participants - Led by Amanda Morris

 

*This workshop is filled. Consider taking The Heart and Craft of Memoir which will help you discover the "heart" of your story and get you started writing a rich and meaningful piece. Or view our Wait List Information


Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Filled*
This generative class is designed for those who have previous workshop experience and have already mastered the fundamentals of creative nonfiction. We will focus on how to turn facts into truth that will leap from the page and engage the reader. In this workshop we will examine voice, the architecture of prose, shaping a narrative, time management within a story and the objective correlative. We will work from exercises, discussions and a long writing session on Saturday followed by supportive feedback and revisions. Be ready to submit 2-3 pages of your work in progress by Dec. 15 (or if registering after that date, submit within a week of registering), not for critique, but to give the workshop leader a sense of the project you're working on. After you register you will receive a suggested reading list which will help you benefit more from the workshop.
   Limited to 10 participants - Led by Thomas Peele


The Heart and Craft of Memoir
Transform significant life experiences and important moments into well-crafted literary prose. We'll open our senses, dig into memory and use the tools of imagery, detail, tone, pacing and structure to write vivid, meaningful memoirs. Exquisite excerpts by a range of writers will give us inspiration and a close look at the "clockworks"—that is, what makes a strong memoir tick. In exploring the "heart" of memoir, we'll also touch on questions of authenticity, memory, truth-telling and the ethics of writing about living people.
   Limited to 10 participants - Led by Anndee Hochman


What Matters is Not What Happened: Advanced Memoir - Filled*
Using Vivian Gornick's famous line about "what matters," we'll investigate the best way to tell your story in this advanced memoir workshop. With your own memoir-in-progress as a springboard, you will explore the importance of seeing your first-person narrator as a character in your story, experiment with writing exercises and discuss your new work. Be ready to submit 2-3 pages on which you need feedback by Dec. 15 (or if registering after that date, submit within a week of registering). The workshop leader and participants will read each submission before the Getaway.
   Limited to 10 participants - Led by Barbara Hurd

  *This workshop is filled. Consider taking The Heart and Craft of Memoir which will help you discover the "heart" of your story and get you started writing a rich and meaningful piece. Or view our Wait List Information


Visions and Revision: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
What will keep an editor reading your writing? How can you make it stand out? This workshop will help you focus and polish your prose, whether creative nonfiction or fiction. Feedback and encouragement will help make your writing stronger, and guided revising will ensure it rings true to your vision. Be ready to submit 2-5 pages on which you need feedback by Dec. 15 (or if registering after that date, submit within a week of registering). This workshop will focus intensely on revising and you will benefit more by submitting a work in progress rather than a piece that is nearly complete. The workshop leader and participants will read each submission before the Getaway.
   Limited to 8 participants - Led by Roberta Clipper


Creative Writing Sampler: Memoir
If you are eager to try your hand at writing memoir, here's your chance. You will engage with key elements of the genre, practice techniques that will turn your writing into a sensory experience and develop and refine your own style. Stimulating prompts will provide springboards for writing, sharing and discussion. Whether you're seasoned or haven't put pen to paper in far too long, this workshop will energize your writing. This workshop is one of three genres featured in the Creative Writing Sampler. Learn more about this workshop.
   Led by Mimi Schwartz


Can't wait to attend the Getaway?

Register today!



Multi-genre Writing Workshops

"I'm in awe of the community you've fostered here. The Winter Getaway has kick-started my writing for the new year. I'm already looking forward to next year!"
   ~ Helen, Haddon Heights, NJ

Creative Writing Sampler
Hemingway joked that writing was easy, "All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." If you are eager to explore three different genres under the tutelage of award-winning writers and teachers, here's your chance. Over the long weekend, you will engage with key elements of each genre, practice techniques that will turn your writing into a sensory experience and develop and refine your own style. Stimulating prompts will provide springboards for writing, sharing and discussion. Whether you're seasoned or haven't put pen to paper in far too long, this workshop will energize your writing without Hemingway's blood and bandages. The Sampler will offer:
    ● Fiction--Saturday with Judith Lindbergh
    ● Poetry--Sunday with BJ Ward
    ● Memoir--Monday with Mimi Schwartz



Tutorials and Add-ons

Tutorial in Prose
Prose tutorials offer a constructive critique on a work in progress that you're not sharing in your workshop such as an essay, short story or excerpt from a novel or longer nonfiction manuscript. These one-on-one-sessions last twenty minutes and you may request general feedback or seek assistance on a specific question or problem you are having.
     ● Open to all participants, regardless of which workshop you take.
     ● Tutorials will take place during the Getaway on Saturday and Sunday starting at 4:40 pm.
     ● If you would like to request a specific faculty member for your tutorial, please note it in the comment box when you register.
     ● Your piece (or excerpt) may be up to 15 pages, double-spaced with 1" margins and a 12 point font plus a 1 page synopsis.
     ● Be ready to submit your piece by Dec. 15 (or if registering after that date, submit within a week of registering) so your tutor can read your piece ahead of time.
     ● There is a $100 fee for each Tutorial in Prose you add.


Algonquin-style Workshops
Join us for an Algonquin-style soirée for lively discussion and a raucous good time. Oh, and feedback on your work too. The fee includes your first two drinks, so no matter the quality of what you bring to the workshop, you'll leave with a good buzz. Open to all participants, regardless of which workshop you take. Each session is $100 and includes two drinks; cash bar available for additional drinks.

Algonquin-style Prose Workshop
Fiction and nonfiction welcome. Bring 11 copies of a short piece or excerpt of your work in progress. (Should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced with 1" margins and a 12 point font.) Limited to 10 participants. Led by Richard K. Weems.
     ● Friday, 3:30-6:30 pm - Seats available

Algonquin-style Poetry Workshop
Bring 11 copies of a poem in progress (30 line maximum). Limited to 10 participants per session. Both sections led by BJ Ward.
     ● Friday, 3:30-6:30 pm - Filled*
     ● Saturday, 4:30-7:30 pm - Filled*

See our full list of Tutorials and Add-ons


*Interested in a workshop that is filled? View our Wait List Information



The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway is a Program of Murphy Writing Seminars, LLC
New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Provider #539
609-823-5076 • 888-887-2105 • info@wintergetaway.com
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