Last year's info below. Registration for the 2015 Getaway will
open by 8/15/2014.
Writing workshop in New Jersey
January 16-19, 2015
Led by Pamela Curtis Swallow
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 just 10 participants.*
Workshops are filling up. Register today to secure your place.
"As a first time attendee, I found the Winter Getaway to be
welcoming, inspiring, and challenging. I’ve come away energized.
What a great way to spend a cold weekend in January!"
~ Dee, Writing for the Children’s Market Participant
Curtis Swallow's first book was published in 1986. She's been
writing ever since, and for a wide reading audience—elementary,
middle grade and young adult. Her fiction and non-fiction books
include: Groundhog Gets A Say (Putnam/Scholastic); It Only
Looks Easy (Roaring Brook Press/Scholastic); the Melvil and
Dewey Series (Libraries Unlimited), which includes an activity guide
entitled Melvil and Dewey Teach Literacy; A Writer's
Notebook (Scholastic), a guide for aspiring young writers;
Wading through Peanut Butter (Scholastic); No Promises
(Putnam/Scholastic) and Leave It to Christy
(Putnam/Scholastic). Pam recently completed a biography of her
relative, Ellen Swallow Richards, founder of Ecology. Currently
she's revising Tangled Lines, her fifth middle grade novel.
In addition to writing, Pam has spent many years as a teacher and
school librarian. Her website is:
This writers' workshop is part of Peter Murphy's Winter
Poetry & Prose Getaway, held each January near Atlantic City,
makes the Getaway unique.
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