Creative Writing Sampler Workshop

Creative Writing Sampler Workshop NJWriting workshop in New Jersey
January 15-18, 2016
Led by Judith Lindbergh, Mimi Schwartz and BJ Ward

If you are eager to explore three different genres under the tutelage of award-winning writers and teachers, here’s your chance. Over the long weekend, you will engage with key elements of each genre, practice techniques that will turn your writing into a sensory experience and develop and refine your own style. Stimulating prompts will provide springboards for writing, sharing and discussion. Whether you’re seasoned or haven’t put pen to paper in far too long, this workshop will energize your writing without Hemingway’s blood and bandages. The Sampler will offer:

*Workshop size is limited.*

Frequently Asked Question
Q: Do I have to be experienced in all three genres to take the Creative Writing Sampler?
A: Not at all. This workshop is for anyone who wants to explore three different genres and get some practice in each one. The workshop is designed to accommodate beginners as well as experienced writers. If you have more questions, see our full list of FAQs.


“Seriously, this may have been the best weekend of my life. I’m more of a memoir writer, but the Creative Writing Sampler so turned me on to poetry and fiction that I think I now want to dedicate myself to more advanced study of one of those. WHEN I come back to another Getaway, I might take something different only because this sampler workshop did such a great job.”
~ Lynn, Creative Writing Sampler Participant, Newburgh, NY



Judith Lindbergh’s debut novel, The Thrall’s Tale, about three women in the first Viking Age settlement in Greenland, was a Booksense (IndieBound) Pick, a Borders Original Voices Selection and praised by Pulitzer Prize winners Geraldine Brooks and Robert Olen Butler. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Archaeology MagazineTiferetScandinavian ReviewThe World & IOther Voices and more. She also contributed to the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition Vikings: The Norse Atlantic Saga and was an expert commentator on the History Channel’s documentary series MANKIND: The Story of All of Us. Judith is the Founder and Director of The Writers Circle where she teaches writers of all ages the joy and challenge of creative writing. To read some of her work, visit or her blog.

Mimi Schwartz is the author of Good Neighbors, Bad Times – Echoes of My Father’s German Village (winner of a Foreword Magazine Award for Memoir in 2008, and winner of the New Hampshire Literary Nonfiction Award, 2008). Her other books includeThoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed (a JCC book club pick for ten best nonfiction, 2002) and Writing True, the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction, now in its second edition and used by over 250 undergraduate and MFA programs nationwide (written with Sondra Perl).  Mimi’s essays have appeared in The Missouri Review, Agni, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Calyx, The New York Times, Tikkun, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Florida Review, Brevity, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Writer, among others. Seven have been Notables in Best American Essays. She’s been a MacDowell Fellow, a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellow, and is Professor Emerita at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. For more information and to read some of her work, go to

BJ Ward headshotBJ Ward is the author of four books of poetry. His most recent, Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013, received the 2014 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Last year, The Star-Ledger placed Jackleg Opera as #3 in its year-end list of Top 10 Books by New Jerseyans (12/28/2014). His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, The Normal School and The Sun. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, he co-founded the creative writing degree program at Warren County Community College. He is an alumnus of Stockton State College (now Stockton University). To read some of Ward’s work visit the Poetry Foundation or Getaway Reads. His website is


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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