Creative Writing Sampler Workshop
2018 registration will open 9/6/17. Sign up for our email list.
Writing workshop in New Jersey
January 12-15, 2018
Led by Mimi Schwartz, Roberta Clipper and Michael Broek
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:
- Memoir–Saturday with Mimi Schwartz
- Fiction–Sunday with Roberta Clipper
- Poetry–Monday with Michael Broek
*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
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 include Thoughts 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 www.mimischwartz.net.
Roberta 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 robbieclippersethi.com.
Michael Broek’s Refuge/es, recipient of the Kinereth Gensler Poetry Award from Alice James Books, will be published in 2015, and his chapbook, The Amputation Artist, will be released in the spring of 2014. Beloit Poetry Journal published his chapbook, The Logic of Yoo, in 2011, and his poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary Review, Blackbird, From the Fishouse, The American Poetry Review, Literary Imagination, Pif, MiPOesias, Parthenon West Review, Fourteen Hills and elsewhere. He holds a PhD in literature and an MFA in Poetry and has received a Fellowship in Poetry from the NJ State Arts Council. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations, and the Chief Curator of Tran(s)tudies: The Hub of Trans-Formation Studies. He teaches Creative Writing at Brookdale Community College. Read a recent interview with Michael and an excerpt of The Logic of Yoo.