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About the Getaway
Frequently Asked Questions

Workshops | Tutorials | General | Logistics / Location | Contact Us


Most Asked

  1. I'd like to arrive a day early. Will the hotel offer special rates? How do I book these extra days?
  2. Can I sell my book at the Getaway?
  3. I'd like to bring my laptop. Are there printers available?
  4. I'm already registered for the Getaway but would like to add-on a tutorial and an Algonquian workshop. How do I do it?
  5. Is there a way I can connect with others to carpool?

Workshops

  1. What if I've never taken a writing workshop before?
  2. I have an M.F.A. and lots of experience in workshops. Will I still benefit?
  3. How many people are in the workshops?
  4. How much will I write?
  5. What if I don't know which poetry workshop to take?
  6. I want to sign up for a poetry workshop with Stephen Dunn but I'm not sure how this works. Will he be teaching at all of my workshop sessions or just some?
  7. Which memoir workshop should I take?
  8. Do I have to be experienced in all three genres to take the Creative Writing Sampler?
  9. I registered for one workshop and would like to switch to another. Can I do that?
  10. I'm interested in a workshop that's already full. Do you have a wait list?

Tutorials

  1. Tell me about tutorials.
  2. Can I choose which faculty member my tutorial will be with?
  3. Do I need to purchase tutorials ahead of time?

Scholarships

  1. Do you offer scholarships?
  2. Why are the scholarships only available for first time participants?
  3. I would like to sign up for the Getaway to make sure I get a seat in my first choice workshop. Is it still possible to apply for a scholarship and will I get a refund if I receive one?
  4. I am applying for a scholarship and am open to both nonfiction and poetry workshops. Is it possible for me to send a writing sample of both? What do you suggest? I am a poet, but am looking to expand into nonfiction.

General

  1. Who comes to the Getaway?
  2. What if I don't know anybody?
  3. Have any Getaway participants been published?
  4. What can I do during my free time?
  5. Can I attend just part of the weekend?
  6. What is the meaning of life?

Logistics / Location

  1. Is the Winter Getaway still on after Hurricane Sandy?
  2. What amenities does the hotel provide?
  3. What's the food like? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
  4. I want to go for the Double Room Package to save money. Can you find me a roommate?
  5. Can I bring a guest?
  6. I've got kids. Can they come too?
  7. I registered as a commuter but have decided I want to stay at the hotel.
    What do I do?
  8. Is there parking available? What's the cost?
  9. What kind of weather should I be prepared for?
  10. I'm concerned about the weather. What happens if it snows?




Most Asked

  1. I'd like to arrive a day early. Will the hotel offer special rates? How do I book these extra days?
    The hotel will offer a special reduced rate for Getaway participants for several nights before and after the event. To take advantage:
         ● Register for the Getaway now and add-on your extra nights later.
         ● During the first week of January, we will email registered participants with details on how to book these optional extra nights. The discounted rate for the extra nights for will be $93/night plus taxes and fees (single or double occupancy, no meals included) and will enable you to stay in the same room throughout your whole visit.

  2. Can I sell my book at the Getaway?
    Absolutely. The Getaway Bookstore features the books of participants and faculty. If you have a book or CD you would like to sell at the Getaway Bookstore, bring up to 10 copies of no more than 3 titles. We will sell them on consignment for a 20% fee. Instructions will be in your Getaway folder. Payments, unsold books and your receipt will be available at 1 pm on Monday, the final day of the Getaway. Please plan to leave after that point.

  3. I'd like to bring my laptop. Are there printers available?
    Yes, Seaview has a self-service business center which you can use to print your work. To print, you will need to bring a USB flash drive or email your piece to yourself. There is no additional fee to use this service, but please don't go overboard as we will all need to share the printers.

  4. I'm already registered for the Getaway but would like to add-on a tutorial and an Algonquian workshop. How do I do it?
    It's easy. Click here for our Add-on Payment Page.

  5. Is there a way I can connect with others to carpool?
    Need a ride? Have an extra space in your car? Flying in and looking to rent a car or share expenses on an airport shuttle? Taking public transit and looking to share ground transportation costs? Check out our carpooling board to connect with others looking to share rides and expenses. Please note, that over the years participants have often waited until the last minute to use the carpool board. That said, the sooner you post, the more likely you are to find someone to share a ride with. View the carpool board.


Workshops

  1. What if I've never taken a writing workshop before?
    Welcome to the Getaway. With its supportive environment, this is a great place to start. For example, in Poetry Writing, you will receive prompts for starting new poems, followed by time to write. Then you will receive encouraging and constructive feedback identifying your new poem's strengths and offering suggestions to improve it. If you take a non-poetry workshop, you can expect a similar positive experience.

  2. I have an M.F.A. and lots of experience in workshops. Will I still benefit?
    Absolutely. Many of our participants who have advanced degrees use the Getaway to start new work or develop work in progress. Our award winning faculty is experienced at working with poets and writers of all levels.

  3. How many people are in the workshops?
    While most of our workshops are capped at eight, nine or ten, some are as small as five. See the individual descriptions for specifics. The small sizes guarantee attention to your work while providing a large enough group to encourage the cross-pollination of ideas.

  4. How much will I write?
    In our poetry writing workshops, you will have the opportunity begin and receive feedback on three new poems. Our other workshops involve a combination of writing and re-writing. See the individual descriptions for a better idea.

  5. What if I don't know which poetry workshop to take?
    Go to the "Your Poetry Level" page and take Peter's quick quiz. Presto!

  6. I want to sign up for a poetry workshop with Stephen Dunn but I'm not sure how this works. Will he be teaching at all of my workshop sessions or just some?
    When you register for the Advanced Poetry workshop with Stephen, one of your three feedback sessions will be with him. The remaining sessions will be with two different members of our award-winning faculty. The registration packet you receive at the Getaway shows you which workshop leader you will be with on which day.
     
  7. Which memoir workshop should I take?
    If you're new to memoir or getting started on a new piece, take The Heart and Craft of Memoir which will offer readings and prompts to get you going. If you have already started on a project, What Matters is Not What Happened: Advanced Memoir will offer you feedback and techniques to help you develop it.
     
  8. Do I have to be experienced in all three genres to take the Creative Writing Sampler?
    Not at all. The Sampler is for anyone who wants to explore three different genres and get some practice in each one. The workshop is designed to accommodate beginners as well as experienced writers.

  9. I registered for one workshop and would like to switch to another. Can I do that?
    If there's room in the workshop you would like to switch to, sure. Please do not use the online registration system which will require that you pay an additional tuition. Contact us so we can make the switch, and we will refund any money we owe you, or invoice you for money you may owe us. After Dec. 10, a $25 change fee will be charged to switch your workshop, room package, tutorial(s) and/or add-ons.
     
  10. I'm interested in a workshop that's already full. Do you have a wait list?
    To be added to the wait list, send your name, phone number and workshop preference to info@wintergetaway.com. In the event of a cancellation, we will notify the person at the top of the list. Note: The same Fine Print and Cancellation policy applies to all registrants whether they are on the wait list or not.
     

Tutorials

  1. Tell me about tutorials.
    Tutorials are your chance to get one-on-one feedback from a member of our faculty. If you are in either the Beginning or Advanced Poetry Writing workshops, your tuition includes one 20 minute tutorial. Want more? You can add-on a second one. Other participants can purchase prose or poetry tutorials, or both.

  2. Can I choose which faculty member my tutorial will be with?
    Poetry - Yes. On Saturday morning, we will post sign up sheets and you'll choose which tutor to sign up with. Check the list of poetry faculty—each will lead either workshops or tutorials.
    Prose - It depends. If you have a preference, email us at info@wintergetaway.com and we'll do what we can.

  3. Do I need to purchase tutorials ahead of time?
    We strongly recommend it.
     

Scholarships

  1. Do you offer scholarships?
    Yes, see our Scholarship page for details.
     
  2. Why are the scholarships only available for first time participants?
    The Jan-ai Scholarship Foundation requested that their scholarships be awarded to first time Getaway participants. When the Getaway faculty and staff decided to memorialize their colleague Toni Brown, they decided to follow suit so that more people could enjoy and benefit from this conference that Toni loved.
     
  3. I would like to sign up for the Getaway to make sure I get a seat in my first choice workshop. Is it still possible to apply for a scholarship and will I get a refund if I receive one?
    Yes, you are absolutely welcome to apply as long as you meet the other requirements. The same Fine Print and Cancellation Policy applies.
     
  4. I am applying for a scholarship and am open to both nonfiction and poetry workshops. Is it possible for me to send a writing sample of both? What do you suggest? I am a poet, but am looking to expand into nonfiction.
    We can only consider one application per writer and recommend submitting your strongest work. It's just fine if your workshop choices are in a different genre than the writing you submit; we hear from a number of writers wanting to expand into a new genre and support it wholeheartedly.
     

General

  1. Who comes to the Getaway?
    200 people from across the country gather at the Jersey Shore each January. While about half take poetry workshops, the rest spend their time writing prose or songs. Although many return year after year, we go out of our way to make people new to the Getaway feel like old friends.

  2. What if I don't know anybody?
    Once you come to the Getaway, it's hard not to return year after year. Although it shouldn't be the main reason to attend, many of our participants have made life-long friends. The Getaway is a unique community in which everyone feels both welcomed and encouraged. Breakfast and lunch provide a relaxed setting to get to know participants and faculty. For dinner we schedule "Meet and Eat" areas where people gather to form parties to go to local restaurants. This is especially helpful for those who are new and those who come without cars.

  3. Have any Getaway participants been published?
    Lots! Hundreds of our alumni have been published in journals, anthologies and received book contracts. While we don't keep up with all of them, many have credited the Getaway for their success. For example, Michelle Cameron's novel, The Fruit of Her Hands, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2009, and Kathleen Graber's book of poems, The Eternal City, was nominated for both the 2010 National Book Award and the National Book Critic's Award. Read their Success Stories.

  4. What can I do during my free time?
    Pool, continue writing, walk in the woods, work out in the exercise room, tutorial, pool, open mic, game room, pool, panel discussion, Getaway disco, sleep...

  5. Can I attend just part of the weekend?
    Probably not, but depending on the workshop you are interested in, we may be able to work something out. Call Peter to discuss it, 609-823-5076.

  6. What is the meaning of life?
    TBD.


Logistics / Location

  1. Is the Winter Getaway still on after Hurricane Sandy?
    Absolutely! Our venue, Stockton Seaview Hotel, came through the hurricane just fine and is fully operational. See you there!

  2. What amenities does the hotel provide?
    You can look forward to:
         ● Luxury accommodations with free wi-fi
         ● Spacious comfortable common areas, perfect for writing
         ● Art gallery curated by The Noyes Museum of Art
         ● Indoor pool and fitness center
         ● Walking paths and championship golf course
         ● Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
         ● Gift Shop/Coffee Bar
         ● Restaurant & game room on-site
    See our "Location" page for more details.

  3. What's the food like? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
    Meals are served buffet style with a wide variety of choices including meat and vegetarian choices. We are able to accommodate special dietary needs as long as you tell us about them during the registration process.

  4. I want to go for the Double Room Package to save money. Can you find me a roommate?
    Yes, just indicate that on your registration form and we will do our best.

  5. Can I bring a guest?
    Yes, register for a Shared Room Package and your guest may join you for meals, afternoon and evening activities. While you are in your workshop, s/he will be free to use the hotel's facilities and explore the area with its many exciting attractions.

  6. I've got kids. Can they come too?
    Call Peter, who will help you work out a reasonably priced meal package and do his best to upgrade you to a roomy suite. 609-823-5076.

  7. I registered as a commuter but have decided I want to stay at the hotel. What do I do?
    Please do not use the online registration system which will require that you pay an additional tuition. Call or email us and we can add a Room Package for you. You can pay the new balance by check.

  8. Is there parking available? What's the cost?
    The hotel has a free parking lot and valet parking is available too for those who would like to splurge.

  9. What kind of weather should I be prepared for?
    Some years it can be balmy, while other years it's quite cold. The average daytime temperature for the Atlantic City area in January is 45 degrees.

  10. I'm concerned about the weather. What happens if it snows?
    In our 20 year history, we've never had to cancel the Getaway. Our venues have served us beautifully, even during blizzards, ice storms and flooding. If that Friday's weather looks threatening, consider arriving a day early or coming a day late. The hotel is offering us a special rate for the few days before and after which will make this easier. We'll send out an email to registered participants in the beginning of January with details on how to reserve those extra days and other last minute information.


Contact Us

Have other questions?
Contact us at 609-823-5076 or info@wintergetaway.com.

 



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