Continuing Your Novel Workshop

Writing workshop in New Jersey
January 15-18, 2016
Led by Roberta Clipper

Continuing Your Novel Workshop NJNovel writing is like a marathon–you have to be in it for the long haul. This class will benefit you most if you have already started writing your book and crave inspiration and guidance to move forward with purpose. The workshop will include “off the page exercises” to help solidify your work in character, plot, point of view, getting mired in the middle, planting the seeds for the end and more. We will critique your in-class writing in a constructive, supportive environment that will help you keep moving towards the finish line: a completed first draft!

To get the most from this workshop, you should:

  • be working on a book-length work of fiction
  • have already written at least 25 pages

Be ready to submit 5 pages of your novel and a 1 page synopsis by Dec. 20. If you register after this date, no problem–just submit your work within a week of registering. The workshop leader and participants will read each submission before the Getaway.

*Limited to just 10 participants.*


“What a great opportunity this is to escape into the world of writing for a long weekend, to work with award-winning poets and writers, to meet and network with other fellow writers and to just have a ripping good time. Kudos to Peter, Stockton and everyone involved for another excellent conference!”
~ Bruce, Cherry Hill, NJ



Roberta Clipper headshotRoberta Clipper has published The Bride Wore Red (Picador, 1997) and Fifty-Fifty (Silicon Press, 2003) under the name Robbie Clipper Sethi, as well as poems and short stories in The Atlantic Monthly, Mademoiselle, the Philadelphia Inquirer and a number of literary magazines and anthologies. She has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (twice). As Roberta Clipper she has published short stories and poetry in Local Knowledge ( and Sleet ( She teaches poetry, fiction, expository writing and literature at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and on a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship spent a “monsoon semester” (August-December) teaching creative writing at the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, India. To read some of her work, visit


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 23rd 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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