Finishing Your Novel Workshop

Finishing Your Novel Workshop NJ

Writing workshop in New Jersey
January 15-18, 2016
Led by Carol Plum-Ucci

Stuck? This workshop is for writers who are mired in a long prose piece and need a spark to advance. If you’re serious about publishing your novel and want to overcome the changing dynamics of the industry, this is the workshop for you. The motivating workshop leader will coach you with exercises, analyses and thoughtful encouragement. She will discuss steps for finishing your manuscript and the process of finding an agent. Be ready to submit up to 20 pages of your novel plus a 2-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. There is a $200 surcharge for this workshop.

*Limited to just 4 participants.* This workshop is filled. View our full list of writing workshops or sign up for the wait list.


“I was a first-time attendee at the Getaway and thoroughly enjoyed it. Carol Plum-Ucci was an inspirational workshop leader, setting us all afire with new ideas, techniques and optimism. The other attendees were so supportive, spirited and welcoming. You have set an amazing tone of collaboration, growth and personal fulfillment that every attendee and instructor seem to embrace and spread. The facility was excellent, the food quite tasty and the evening sessions were lively and fun. Well done! I’ll be back!”
~ Mike, Finishing Your Novel Participant, New York, NY



Carol Plum-Ucci headshotCarol Plum-Ucci has numerous awards from the American Library Association for her novels, including the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award for The Body of Christopher Creed. What Happened to Lani Garver was Amazon Editor’s #1 Choice in Young Adult Literature, and both Creed and The Night My Sister Went Missing were Edgar Allan Poe finalists. Streams of Babel and Fire Will Fall were named Junior Library Guild Premiere Selections, and Creed was twice optioned by DreamWorks. She is a former Book One New Jersey author. Carol taught college for 10 years and now serves writers only in small groups. “I take on serious writers who are aiming for the commercial market. My classes are not easy to get in; nonetheless we are always looking for that great, raw talent,” she says. Her 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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