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

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About the Getaway
Success Stories

Here is a limited selection of our Success Stories, not updated nearly as often as it should be.

Dec. 2011
Michelle Cameron Update

Novelist Michelle Cameron, our first featured Success Story, says the Getaway has changed her life again. Read Michelle's story

Oct. 2010
Kathleen Graber Update

Kathy's second collection of poetry, The Eternal City, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Wow!

Nov. 2009
Kathleen Graber really did change her life

Kathy, now on our faculty, wrote her first poem in our "Poetry Writing" workshop in 1997. She talks about how attending the Getaway helped her change her life. Read Kathy's story

Dec. 2008
Ashley's 4th poetry book published after 152 rejections
Congrats to Renée Ashley, a long-time Getaway Faculty Member, on getting her new book of poems, Basic Heart, published after 152 rejections! She credits her success to persistence and "professional development" including the Getaway. Read Renée's story

Oct. 2008
Cameron shares experience with book publishing
Congrats to Michelle Cameron, a regular at the Getaway, on getting her novel published. She talks about how attending our "Finishing Your Novel" workshop was the catalyzing event. Read Michelle's story

Do you have a Getaway success story you'd like to share?

If the Getaway has helped you create your own success story, send an email (and a link if appropriate) to to tell us about it. We plan to feature selected stories here and in our newsletters.

Kathy Graber Update

It keeps getting better! Kathy's second collection of poetry, The Eternal City, was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award. Congratulations, Kathy!

Kathleen Graber really did change her life

      "Deciding to write poems changed my life...."
            ~ Kathleen Graber

In 1997, when Kathleen Graber wrote her first poem she was a junior high teacher in Wildwood, NJ. She says:

The first poem I ever wrote, I wrote on the top floor of the Grand Hotel in Cape May at the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway. I didn't know much about contemporary poetry, except that I wanted to learn how to make poems. I remember the tremendous thrill that came from writing my first draft and from being able to share it with other writers. Having the opportunity to talk passionately and honestly about words with other people who shared my enthusiasm was life changing.

Kathy wanted to write poetry so much that she quit her teaching job and redesigned her life to study poetry writing. At first she studied in a private class I (Peter Murphy) ran out of my living room, then she took workshops with Stephen Dunn at Stockton and was accepted into the MFA program at NYU where she worked with Mark Doty and others great writers.

After publishing her first book, Correspondence, and winning Princeton University's Hodder Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship and other major awards, Kathy is now teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University. That's change!

Her second collection of poems, The Eternal City, will be published in the fall of 2010 as the first book in Princeton University Press' relaunched Contemporary Poets Series. Poems from The Eternal City have appeared or are forthcoming, in The American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Agni, Gulf Coast and The New Yorker where you can read "The Magic Kingdom."

"I was very lucky to have stumbled into the perfect place to begin," Kathy explains, "a place where I felt not only supported and encouraged but also instructed at every turn. The friends that I made at the Getaway that first year are still central to my life. For me, there is no more magical place on Earth, nowhere that I feel more at home or more truly myself."

In addition to leading a section of Advanced Poetry Writing at the 2010 Getaway, Kathy will be giving a poetry reading with Getaway Director Peter Murphy.

Click here to read more about how Kathy has become the unofficial poet laureate of Wildwood.

Isn't it time you changed your own life?
Register today & create your own success story!

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