Continuing Your Novel Workshop

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

Continuing Your Novel Workshop NJBest-selling author John Irving described his method for writing compelling novels as: “You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.” This workshop, designed for those who have already begun writing their novels, will give you the inspiration and guidance to move forward with purpose and get obsessed. The workshop will include “off the page exercises” in characterization, story structure, point of view, planning and more–based on what individual participants need. The workshop leader and other participants will offer feedback on your in-class writing in a constructive, supportive environment that will help you move toward 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 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


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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