Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Writing workshop in New Jersey
January 15-18, 2016
Led by Judy Copeland

Creative Nonfiction Workshop NJCreative nonfiction has been called “the music of what happened” (Blake Morrison) and “the hum of perpetual noticing” (Cynthia Ozick). It starts with writing many small moments—a childhood memory, a dream, an image from the TV news, a funny remark overheard, even a stubbed toe. In this workshop, we’ll do exercises to evoke moments that might become stories. We’ll practice strategies that draw readers in. As we share material generated in class, we’ll look for narrative potential and implicit themes and discuss ways of turning these pieces into larger works such as memoirs, humor essays, travel stories, or contemplative essays.

*Limited to just 10 participants.*


The 2015 program filled. View photos from the Getaway and sign up for our email list to find out about future writing retreats in the US and abroad.


Thanks for a great weekend. My essay evolved into something wonderful. I couldn’t have done it without my workshop. I’ll be back.”
~ Margaret, Creative Nonfiction Participant



Judy Copeland headshotJudy Copeland is a California attorney who left the law to backpack around Oceania, Asia and Africa, staying with families she met along the way. Her travel stories have appeared most recently in Best American Travel Writing 2013, Alaska Quarterly Review and Legal Studies Forum, and have been shortlisted in the Pushcart anthology. She received an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa and is an associate professor of writing at Stockton College. Read Judy’s essay “The Music of the Storm,” originally published in Water~Stone Review.


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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