Writing Faculty

The Winter Getaway is well known for its challenging and supportive workshops led by accomplished writers and artists. We hope you will get to know our writing faculty, first online, and then in person in January.


Jeff Bens

Jeff Bens headshotJeff Bens directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Manhattanville College where he also teaches in the College’s MFA. He is author of the novel Albert, Himself and director of the award-winning documentary film, Fatman’s. His short fiction and essays are published widely, from The Oxford American to New England Review. Jeff has served on film festival juries around the world, chairing the 2011 Slamdance feature film jury and has guest lectured on screenwriting at Chapman University, Flagler College, James Madison University, SUNY-Binghamton, The Graduate Institute, and many other programs in the US and abroad. Jeff was a founding faculty of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently, Jeff is finishing a new novel and the screenplay of that novel. Read an excerpt of his writing.

** Jeff will lead Screenwriting Workshop.**

Michelle Cameron

Michelle Cameron headshotMichelle Cameron’s debut historical novel, The Fruit of Her Hands: the story of Shira of Ashkenaz, was published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books in September 2009. Publisher’s Weekly praised the novel’s “powerful immediacy” and Library Journal its “rich details.” Michelle’s novel in verse, In the Shadow of the Globe, was published by Lit Pot Press in late 2003. It received excellent critical reviews, was named the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 2003-4 Winter Book Selection, and was dramatically performed in several venues, including the Stella Adler School of the Arts and the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway. Michelle is also Co-Director of The Writers Circle, which offers creative writing workshops for children and adults. To read some of her work, visit michelle-cameron.com.

** Michelle will lead Beginning Your Novel.**

Roberta Clipper

Roberta Clipper headshotRoberta Clipper has published two novels-in-stories under the name Robbie Clipper Sethi, The Bride Wore Red (Picador, 1997) and Fifty-Fifty (Silicon Press, 2003), as well as short stories in The Atlantic Monthly, Mademoiselle, the Philadelphia Inquirer and a number of literary magazines and anthologies. Her fiction has won a National Endowment for the Arts award and two fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Robbie teaches fiction, poetry, expository writing and literature at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and on a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship spent a “monsoon semester” (August-December 2009) teaching creative writing at the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, India. To read some of her work, visit robbieclippersethi.com.

** Roberta will lead Continuing Your Novel.**

Nancy Falkow

Nancy Falkow headshotNancy Falkow is an Ireland-based (formerly Philadelphia) singer-songwriter. She has shared stages, taxis, dressing rooms and guitars with nationally touring musicians from Donovan to Daniel Lanois to Richie Havens. Songs of hers have appeared in TV and in film. She has been collaborating with musicians and writing in genres from pop to rock to folk for many years, but was always a teacher and a poet first, and draws from that well of experience with every song and workshop. With three successful albums under her belt, after the birth of her daughter, she began writing for what is her most successful album—”Under the Stars”—which she released under the project name Sunflow. This is her 17th year at the Getaway and she always looks forward to a trip home to run the Song Writing Workshop to see familiar faces and meet new enthusiasts. Her website is nancyfalkow.com and you can listen to some songs at nancyfalkow.bandcamp.com. Read Nancy’s piece, “Notes on Eavesdropping,” on her method for writing songs.

** Nancy will lead the Song Writing Workshop.**

Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman headshotAnndee Hochman writes feature articles, profiles and essays about education, health and the wide, quirky spectrum of family and community life, including issues of adoption, foster care, reproductive technology, same-sex couples and intentional community. In addition to her regular pieces in the Philadelphia Inquirer, her work has appeared in O, the Oprah MagazineHealthWorking MotherMarie Claire and online in Literary Mama. She is the author of Anatomies: A Novella and Stories (Picador 2000) and Everyday Acts & Small Subversions: Women Reinventing Family, Community and Home (The Eighth Mountain Press, 1994). For the past 20 years, Anndee has taught writing to children, teens and adults in a variety of settings, including schools, senior centers and a small fishing village on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Her website is anndeehochman.com. Read Anndee’s piece, “Face to Face: Loss and Homecoming at the 25th Reunion,” originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

** Anndee will lead The Heart and Craft of Memoir.**

Barbara Hurd

Barbara Hurd headshotBarbara Hurd is the author of Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (2008), Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark, a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year (2003), The Singer’s Temple (2003), Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001 (2001) and Objects in this Mirror (1994). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Best American Essays 1999Best American Essays 2001The Yale ReviewThe Georgia ReviewOrionAudubon and others. The recipient of a 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, three Pushcart Prizes and a 2010 Maryland State Arts Council Award for Fiction, she teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Her website is www.barbarahurd.com.

** Barbara will lead What Matters is Not What Happened: Advanced Memoir.**

Judith Lindbergh

Judith Lindbergh headshotJudith Lindbergh’s debut novel, The Thrall’s Tale, about three women in the first Viking Age settlement in Greenland, was a Booksense (IndieBound) Pick, a Borders Original Voices Selection and praised by Pulitzer Prize winners Geraldine Brooks and Robert Olen Butler. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Archaeology MagazineTiferetScandinavian ReviewThe World & IOther Voices and more. She also contributed to the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition Vikings: The Norse Atlantic Saga and was an expert commentator on the History Channel’s documentary series MANKIND: The Story of All of Us. Judith is the Founder and Director of The Writers Circle where she teaches writers of all ages the joy and challenge of creative writing. To read some of her work, visit judithlindbergh.com or her blog.

** Judith will lead the fiction portion of the Creative Writing Sampler.**

Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris headshotAmanda Morris, Ph.D., is a writer, scholar, adventurer and traveler who has lived in Pennsylvania and Alabama and is working on visiting all 50 states (she’s currently achieved 41). She teaches writing and rhetoric at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, loves teaching students creative nonfiction and Indigenous Rhetorics, and recently spent three years as the University Writing Center Director. Her academic writing can be found in Rhetoric Review, Epiphany, WSQ, Journal of American Culture, South Atlantic Review and The Literary Encyclopedia. In her pre-academic life, Amanda spent a decade as a journalist with extensive and varied publication experience, and another decade as a media buyer for various advertising agencies. Amanda spends her free time cooking, fishing, gardening and dreaming up new writing projects to tackle. Fun fact: Amanda finished her doctorate in four years, defending her dissertation on her 40th birthday, thus proving that you are never too old to go back to school. Amanda’s professional home on the web has writing tips, writing prompts and more information about her: amandamorrisphd.com. Read her essay “Learning my Place from Nature’s Graveyard,” originally published in Garden Rant.

** Amanda will lead the Creative Nonfiction Workshop.**

Carol Plum-Ucci

Carol Plum-Ucci headshotCarol Plum-Ucci is the author of six Harcourt novels and a memoir, Homeschooling Abbey: Your Basic Mom Tries Home Education & Tells All (2008). Her latest novel, Fire Will Fall (2010), is the sequel to the 9/11 inspired Streams of Babel (2008). The Body of Christopher Creed (2000) was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book by the American Library Association. Carol has twice been a finalist in the Edgar Allan Poe Awards and was a Book One New Jersey author in 2004. Her website is carolplumucci.com.

** Carol will lead Finishing Your Novel.**

Mimi Schwartz

Mimi Schwartz headshotMimi Schwartz, a veteran teacher and writer for over 35 years, has published five books including Good Neighbors, Bad Times – Echoes of My Father’s German Village (University of Nebraska Press), now out in paperback and on Kindle. Other recent books include Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed and Writing True, the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (with Sondra Perl), used in over 250 undergraduate and MFA programs nationwide, which is now out in its second edition. Her short work has appeared in Best American EssaysCreative NonfictionFourth GenreThe New York TimesThe Philadelphia Inquirer MagazineThe Writer’s Chronicle and The Writer, among others. She is Professor Emerita at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey and teaches at writer conferences, libraries and teacher institutes across this country and abroad. Read an excerpt of Mimi’s writing or visit mimischwartz.net.

** Mimi will lead the memoir portion of the Creative Writing Sampler.**

Pamela Curtis Swallow

Pamela Curtis Swallow headshotPamela 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 LiteracyA 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:www.pamelacurtisswallow.com.

** Pamela will lead Writing for the Children’s Market.**

Richard K. Weems

Richard K. Weems headshotRichard K. Weems is the author of Anything He Wants, winner of the Spire Fiction Award and finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, as well as the Cheap Stories eBook series, available at AmazonBarnes & NobleSmashwords and iBooks, most recently The Way of It: New and Selected Cheap Stories. He is the founder and director of the BCA Summer Writing Program and former Director of Creative Writing for the NJ Governor’s School of the Arts. His short story publications include Passages North, New World WritingNorth American ReviewThe Gettysburg ReviewOther VoicesThe Mississippi ReviewPif MagazineBarcelona Review and The Beloit Fiction Journal. You can check out some of his work at weemsnet.net.

** Richard will lead Snap Prose: Sudden Inspiration.**