New Jersey Writers' Conference NJ Winter Getaway Writer's Conference
  January 16-19, 2015     Not your typical writers' conference
           
 

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Multi-genre & Song Writing Faculty

Last year's info below. Registration for the 2015 Getaway will open by 8/15/2014.

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 faculty, first online, and then in person in January.


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 16th 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 www.nancyfalkow.com and you can listen to some songs here. Read Nancy's piece, "Notes on Eavesdropping," on her method for writing songs.

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


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 www.judithlindbergh.com or her blog.

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


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.

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


BJ Ward is the author of Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2012, forthcoming in September 2013, as part of the IO Poetry Series (North Atlantic Books). His other books are Gravedigger's Birthday, 17 Love Poems with No Despair and Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands. His poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, NPR's "The Writer's Almanac" and New Jersey Network's "State of the Arts," as well as in publications such as American Poetry Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly and Painted Bride Quarterly. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts. He co-directs the Creative Writing degree program at Warren County Community College. To read some of Ward's work visit the Poetry Foundation, Painted Bride Quarterly or Getaway Reads.

** BJ will lead the poetry portion of the Creative Writing Sampler and the Algonquin-style Poetry Workshop.**


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