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.

Last year’s information below. 2017 registration will open 9/1/16. Sign up for our email list.


Renée Ashley

Renee Ashley headshotRenée Ashley is the author of five collections of poetry: Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press), The Various Reasons of Light, The Revisionist’s Dream, Basic Heart (X.J. Kennedy Prize in Poetry, Texas Review Press) and Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize). She also has published two chapbooks, The Museum of Lost Wings (Hill-Stead Poetry Prize) and The Verbs of Desiring (New American Press Chapbook Award) and a novel, Someplace Like This. She teaches in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University; she’s received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the NEA. Her website is reneeashleyatwork.com. Her new collection, The View from the Body, comes out in spring from Black Lawrence Books.

** Renée will lead the poetry portion of the Creative Writing Sampler.**

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 Continuing 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 Visions and Revision.**

Judy Copeland

Judy Copeland headshot

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 memoir portion of the Creative Writing Sampler.**

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 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 20th 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 ones. Her website is nancyfalkow.com and you can listen to her entire discography at nancyfalkow.bandcamp.com. Read Nancy’s piece, “Notes on Eavesdropping,” on one method for writing songs.

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

Kelle Groom

Kelle Groom headshotKelle Groom is the author of a memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Simon & Schuster), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and a Library Journal Best Memoir. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow in Prose, Groom’s work has appeared in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, New York Times and Ploughshares. She is also the author of four poetry collections: Underwater City (University Press of Florida), Luckily, Five Kingdoms and the forthcoming Spill (Anhinga Press). Groom is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, and is Director of the Summer Workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her website is kellegroom.com.

** Kelle will lead the Advanced Memoir Workshop.**

Barbara Hurd

Barbara Hurd headshotBarbara 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

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 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 fiction portion of the Creative Writing Sampler.**

Joyce McDonald

Joyce McDonald headshotJoyce 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

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 earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. Her public writing can be found at Teaching Tolerance, Bitch Flicks, Feministing, Noodle, and Garden Rant. Her academic writing can be found in Rhetoric Review, Epiphany, WSQ, Journal of American Culture, South Atlantic Review, The Literary Encyclopedia, and in the upcoming Standing Up, Speaking Out: Stand-Up Comedy and the Rhetoric of Social Change (April 2016). In her pre-academic life, Amanda spent a decade as a freelance 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, “I Will Not Apologize,” published on Feministing.

** Amanda will lead the Getting Started with Memoir Workshop.**

Carol Plum-Ucci

Carol Plum-Ucci headshotCarol 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 in; nonetheless we are always looking for that great, raw talent,” she says. Her website is carolplumucci.com.

** Carol will lead Finishing Your Novel.**