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.
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 the Continuing Your Novel Workshop.**
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. She is proud to have had a story accepted in Challenges for the Delusional II. To read some of her work, visit robbieclippersethi.com.
** Roberta will lead the fiction portion of the Creative Writing Sampler.**
Anndee Hochman writes features, essays and commentaries about education, health, the arts, religion/spirituality and the wide spectrum of family life, including adoption, reproductive technology and LGBT parenting. In addition to her weekly column, “The Parent Trip,” in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Anndee’s work appears regularly in Purple Clover, Broad Street Review and on WHYY’s Speak Easy site. She has written for O, the Oprah Magazine and Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. Anndee 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, she has taught writing to people of all ages in schools, senior centers and a small fishing village on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Her website is www.anndeehochman.com. Read Anndee’s piece, “Long Distance Call,” originally in Purple Clover. (Photo credit: Rob Cardillo)
** Anndee will lead The Heart and Craft of Memoir Workshop.**
Barbara Hurd is the author of Listening to the Savage / River Notes and Half-Heard Melodies (University of Georgia Press, 2016), Tidal Rhythms (with photographer Stephen Strom, George F. Thompson Publishing, 2016), Stepping into the Same River Twice (with artist Patricia Hilton, 2013), 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 Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, Best American Essays, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Orion, Audubon and others. The recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, four Pushcart Prizes and five Maryland State Arts Council Awards, she teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her website.
** Barbara will lead Literary Bonsai: Creative Nonfiction Short Forms.**
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, most recently, Up Here: The North at the Center of the World from University of Washington Press. She 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 joys and challenges of creative writing. To read some of her work, visit judithlindbergh.com or her blog.
** Judith will lead the Prose Critique Intensive Workshop.**
Benilde Little is the bestselling author of Welcome to My Breakdown, a memoir praised by publications ranging from New Jersey Monthly to PEOPLE Magazine. She has also published multiple novels including Good Hair, which earned a spot on the extended bestseller list of the New York Times. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies including The Meaning of Michelle, Honey Hush and About Face. She was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston Wright award. A former reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Star Ledger and PEOPLE Magazine and a senior editor at Essence, Little has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR and more. She has taught creative writing at Ramapo College and The City College of New York. She currently teaches for The Writers Circle and lives in Montclair with her husband and their two children, Baldwin and Ford. Visit her blog.
**Benilde will lead Writing from the Inside Out: Advanced Memoir.**
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 was a full-time freelance writer and journalist for ten years prior to earning her Ph.D. and becoming a professor of writing. From national and regional newspapers and magazines such as the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and Writer’s Digest to web sites such as LifetimeTV.com and regional travel and food trade publications, Amanda has written thousands of published articles, feature stories, reviews and investigative journalistic stories. Even as a professor, she makes money as a contributing writer to Teaching Tolerance. Amanda loves sharing her practical knowledge and hard-won insights on the freelance life with writers who want to learn how to make money with their writing. Visit her website: amandamorrisphd.com.
Carol Plum-Ucci has numerous awards from the American Library Association for her novels, including the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award for The Body of Christopher Creed. What Happened to Lani Garver was Amazon Editor’s #1 Choice in Young Adult Literature, and both Creed and The Night My Sister Went Missing were Edgar Allan Poe finalists. Streams of Babel and Fire Will Fall were named Junior Library Guild Premiere Selections, and Creed was twice optioned by DreamWorks. She is a former Book One New Jersey author. Carol taught college for 10 years and now serves writers only in small groups. “I take on serious writers who are aiming for the commercial market. My classes are not easy to get into; nonetheless we are always looking for that great, raw talent,” she says. Her website is carolplumucci.com.
** Carol will lead the Finishing Your Novel Workshop.**
Mimi Schwartz is the author of seven books, her latest, When History Is Personal, will be out in March, 2018 (University of Nebraska Press). Other recent books include Good Neighbors, Bad Times – Echoes of My Father’s German Village (winner of a Foreword Magazine Award for Memoir in 2008, and the New Hampshire Outstanding Literary Nonfiction Award, 2008); Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed (a JCC book club pick for ten best nonfiction, 2002) and Writing True, the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction, in its second edition and used by undergraduate and MFA programs nationwide (written with Sondra Perl). Mimi’s essays have appeared in The Missouri Review, Agni, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Calyx, The New York Times, Tikkun, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Florida Review, Brevity, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Writer, among others. Seven have been Notables in Best American Essays. She’s been a MacDowell Fellow, a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellow and is Professor Emerita at Stockton University. For more information and to read some of her work, go to www.mimischwartz.net.
** Mimi will lead the memoir portion of the Creative Writing Sampler.**
Pamela Curtis Swallow
Pamela Curtis Swallow is the author of 11 books. She’s been publishing since 1986 for a wide audience—elementary, middle grade and young adult and adult. Pam’s 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); Wading through Peanut Butter (Scholastic); No Promises (Putnam/Scholastic); and Leave It to Christy (Putnam/Scholastic). She recently completed The Remarkable Life and Career of Ellen Swallow Richards: Pioneer in Science and Technology. In addition to writing, Pam spent many years as a teacher and as a school librarian.
** Pamela will lead the Writing for the Children’s Market Workshop.**