Beginning Your Novel Workshop

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Writing workshop in New Jersey
January 13-16, 2017
Led by Joyce McDonald

Beginning Your Novel Workshop NJThis workshop will help you begin the novel you’ve always wanted to write. Come with ideas and notes and develop a plan for writing a must-read book. Learn how to structure your plot, develop your characters, explore different points of view and improve your dialogue-writing skills. Discussions, writing prompts and supportive feedback will get your big project off to an energized start.

*Limited to just 10 participants.*


“The seminar wasn’t just good––it was OVER THE TOP GOOD. Everyone from faculty, to attendees, to Seaview staff was so accommodating and friendly. Our Instructor, Joyce McDonald, gave us guidance and encouragement. She was so easy to work with and the lessons fit exactly what we needed and how to develop feeling for our characters.”
~ Jeff, Beginning Your Novel Participant, Newton, NJ



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


This writing workshop is part of Peter Murphy's Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, held each January near Atlantic City, NJ. Peter started the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway in 1994 based on his belief that when writers leave behind distractions to gather in an encouraging community, they will make breakthroughs in their art.

Celebrating its 24th year, the Getaway has become one of the oldest and largest writer's conferences in the winter season, attracting more than 200 writers from across the country.

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