Summer Writer's Workshop
July 12-14, 2013
Active and aspiring authors are invited to join us for our third annual weekend of fiction writing workshops, to ignite the spark for a new project or fan the flame for a work-in-progress. Participants will work closely with Jon Gibbs and Toni De Palma, both published authors and experienced teachers, to develop new writing strategies and receive manuscript critiques. Local literary agent Cherry Weiner will also be available to shed light on the workings of the publishing industry. Finally, the weekend allows participants to connect with other aspiring writers in this beautiful campus setting near the Jersey shore.
The workshop will run from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Meals and snacks are included.
Participants have the option of taking this workshop as a one-credit course. For details contact Dr. Jessica Hausmann at email@example.com.
Our Workshop Leaders
|Toni De Palma holds her MFA in Wirting for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She is also a recipient of a New Jersey Arts Fellowship. Her first novel, Under the Banyan Tree, was selected as a Kirkus New Voices Pick and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. This was followed up by her second novel, Jeremy Owl, a fantasy middle grade. Her latest, The Devil's Triangle, a paranormal Young Adult novel is due out in early 2013. Toni currently resides on the Jersey Shore.
|Jon Gibbs was born in England, but now lives in New Jersey, where he gives writing presentations and workshops in schools and libraries around the Garden State. He is the founder of The New Jersey Authors’ Network (www.njauthorsnetwork.com) and FindAWritingGroup.com. Jon's middle grade fantasy, Fur-Face (Echelon Press), was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award. The sequel, Barnum’s Revenge (also from Echelon Press), was published in February, 2013.
Jon has a website: www.acatofninetales.com and a blog: http://jongibbs.livejournal.com. When he's not chasing around after his three children, he can usually be found hunched over the computer in his basement office. One day he hopes to figure out how to switch it on.
|Mark Brunetti is the publisher of The Idiom, an underground literary magazine, based out of New Jersey. In 2008, it won First Prize in the magazine category in The London Book Festival. Mark is also the editor for Piscataway House Publications. Their books range from the anthologized back issues of The Idiom to a collection of Haiku from Central Jersey Poets to the collected writings from the MFA program at William Paterson University. Piscataway House will be publishing its first novel, Tollbooth, in the summer of 2013 from Brooklyn writer, Bud Smith.
Mark recently graduated from William Paterson University with his Master of Fine Arts Degree in poetry. He won the 2007 Do-It-Yourself Book Competition based out of Los Angeles California for his poetry chapbook, Airplane Lies and other Poems Without a Home. His poems have appeared in a variety of literary magazines, most notably, The Edison Literary Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and LIPS. Mark writes the stories of children who will soon be placed in adoption homes for the Division of Children and Families. He recently began a hobby in photography and videography which he uses to make Interactive E-books through the books he has already published in print format. (His new hobby also makes him the most annoying person at social gatherings.)
Writer’s Workshop Program
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The workshop is recommended for ages 18 and older. Email Dr. Jessica Hausmann at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss if the workshop would be appropriate for mature but slightly younger teens.
Early Registration (by June 15):
- GCU students and alumni: $129
- Others: $159
After June 15:
- GCU students and alumni: $149
- Others: $179
Participants will be enrolled in workshops only after payment is received in full.
Same day registration is available if space allows.
Price includes snacks Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday; and breakfast and lunch Sunday.
Overnight accommodations are available for an additional fee.
GCU is a provider of NJ Professional Development Hours for Educators. Georgian Court CEUs will be provided to other attendees.
After registering, you will receive email confirmation. Then, an invoice and payment instructions will be e-mailed to the address listed on your form. Please contact Dr. Jessica Hausmann at email@example.com or GCU Special Events at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.