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  January 16-19, 2015     Not your typical writers' conference

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Last year's info below. Registration for the 2015 Getaway will open by 8/25/2014.

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.

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 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

** Roberta will lead Visions and Revision: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction.**

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 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.**

Barbara Hurd is the author of 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 Best American Essays 1999, Best American Essays 2001, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Orion, Audubon and others. The recipient of a 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club's National Nature Writing Award, three Pushcart Prizes and a 2010 Maryland State Arts Council Award for Fiction, she teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Her website is

** Barbara will lead What Matters is Not What Happened: 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

** Joyce will lead the Beginning Your Novel workshop.**

Amanda Morris, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Kutztown University in southeastern PA, the Director of the University Writing Center and a professional writer with two decades of publishing experience in newspapers, trade journals, literary publications, web sites and many more. Her recent work has appeared in the anthology Western Pennsylvania Reflections and scholarly journals such as Rhetoric Review and Epiphany. She maintains a blog about her personal and scholarly experiences as often as her schedule allows here: When Amanda isn't teaching, advising, assessing, directing, researching or writing, she loves doing home improvement projects, fishing for sharks in Delaware Bay and gardening.

** Amanda will lead Creative Nonfiction.**

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 Read an excerpt of his writing.

** Thomas will lead Advanced Creative Nonfiction.**

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

** Carol will lead Finishing Your Novel.**

Pamela Curtis Swallow's first book was published in 1986. She's been writing ever since, and for a wide reading audience—elementary, middle grade and young adult. Her 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), a guide for aspiring young writers; Wading through Peanut Butter (Scholastic); No Promises (Putnam/Scholastic) and Leave It to Christy (Putnam/Scholastic). Pam recently completed a biography of her relative, Ellen Swallow Richards, founder of Ecology. Currently she's revising Tangled Lines, her fifth middle grade novel. In addition to writing, Pam has spent many years as a teacher and school librarian. Her website is:

** Pamela will lead Writing for the Children's Market.**

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. 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 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

** Richard will lead Writing and Publishing Your Fiction.**

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