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 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’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 Continuing Your Novel.**
Roberta 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 Visions and Revision: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction.**
Judy Copeland is a California attorney who left the law to backpack around Oceania, Asia and Africa, staying with families she met along the way. Her travel stories have appeared most recently in Best American Travel Writing 2013, Alaska Quarterly Review and Legal Studies Forum, and have been shortlisted in the Pushcart anthology. She received an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa and is an associate professor of writing at Stockton College. Read Judy’s essay “The Music of the Storm,” originally published in Water~Stone Review.
** Judy will lead the Creative Nonfiction Workshop.**
Nancy 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 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 Magazine, Health, Working Mother, Marie 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.**
Judith 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 Magazine, Tiferet, Scandinavian Review, The World & I, Other 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.**
Joyce McDonald is the author of eight books, among them Swallowing Stones, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and Shades of Simon Gray, an Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee. Her latest novel is Devil on My Heels (Delacorte). Her books have been nominated for numerous state awards and are on several state reading lists. She has taught literature and creative writing at Drew University and East Stroudsburg University, and was on the faculty of Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program for several years. Learn more about Joyce and her work from her website joycemcdonald.net.
** Joyce will lead the Beginning Your Novel workshop.**
Amanda 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 What Matters is Not What Happened: Advanced Memoir.**
Thomas Peele is an investigative reporter and author. He has won more than 50 journalism awards during a career on both coasts and also teaches journalism and writing at University of California, Berkeley and University of San Francisco. His first book, Killing the Messenger, an examination of Black Muslim cults and the 2007 murder of California journalist Chauncey Bailey, was published by the Crown Books division of Random House in 2012. One reviewer called it “a masterpiece of contemporary historical narrative.” Peele’s essay about San Francisco chef Dennis Leary, “The Final Redoubt,” appeared in the book The Cassoluet Saved Our Marriage (Roost Books, 2013) and was a preliminary selection for Holly Hughes’s Best Food Writing 2013. In 2006, his essay on the collapse of the Knight Ridder newspaper company, “Oligarchies I Have Known,” was published in Controlled Burn and won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award. His work has also appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, Newsday, Huffington Post and San Francisco Bay Guardian. Peele holds an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco and lives in Oakland, California with his wife and twin daughters. You can read an excerpt of Killing The Messenger on his website thomaspeele.com. Read an excerpt of his writing.
** Thomas will lead Research for Writers.**
Carol 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, 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 Essays, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, The 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.**
Richard K. Weems
Richard 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 Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords 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 Writing, North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, Other Voices, The Mississippi Review, Pif Magazine, Barcelona Review and The Beloit Fiction Journal. You can check out some of his work at weemsnet.net.
** Richard will lead Snap Prose: Sudden Inspiration.**