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Summer Writer's Workshop

July 12-13, 2014

Toni in small groupActive and aspiring authors are invited to join us for our fourth 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, returning for a third summer, and first time participant Jennifer R. Hubbard, both published authors and experienced teachers, to develop new writing strategies and receive manuscript critiques. Literary agent Marie Lamba 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 take place Saturday and Sunday. Meals and snacks are included in the price.

Participants have the option of taking this workshop as a one-credit course. For details contact Dr. Jessica Hausmann at hausmannj@georgian.edu.

Our Workshop Leaders

Born in England, Jon Gibbs now lives in America, where he lectures on creative writing at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. His humorous talk, GETTING PUBLISHED: 10 Things Every Writer Should Know, was broadcast on local television in 2012.

The founder of The New Jersey Authors’ Network 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 March, 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.

Jon Gibbs
Jennifer R. Hubbard lives and writes near Philadelphia, PA. She is a night person, a chocolate lover, and a hiker. She writes contemporary young-adult novels: Until It Hurts to Stop; Try Not to Breathe; and The Secret Year, all published by Viking/Penguin. Her short story, “Confessions and Chocolate Brains,” appears in the anthology Truth & Dare. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as the North American Review, Cricket, and Hunger Mountain. Jennifer’s web site is www.jenniferhubbard.com. She also welcomes Twitter conversation as @JennRHubbard. Jennifer Hubbard
Marie Lamba is Associate Literary Agent for The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City and represents YA and middle grade fiction, general and women’s fiction, and memoir. Some of her clients include Tracey Baptiste (recent sale - The Jumbies, Algonquin BFYR), Carmella Van Vleet (recent sales - Eliza Bing is Not a Big Fat Quitter, Holiday House, and To the Stars!, co-authored with astronaut Kathy Sullivan, Charlesbridge), M.P. Barker (recent sale - Mending Horses, Holiday House), Miriam Glassman, Gregory Frost, and Richard Uhlig. (Complete client list at marielamba.com, click on About Marie the Agent.) Marie is author of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head, and Drawn. Her work appears in the short story anthology Liar Liar (Mendacity Press), the anthology Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing), and her articles are in more than 100 publications including national magazines such as Writer’s Digest and Garden Design. She has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, and a book publicist, has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion, and belongs to The Liars Club. Marie Lamda

Writer’s Workshop Program

Please check back often – we will be updating this information as it becomes available!

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Registration Information

The workshop is recommended for ages 18 and older. Email Dr. Jessica Hausmann at hausmannj@georgian.edu to discuss if the workshop would be appropriate for mature but slightly younger teens.

Registration Fee: $149

$10 Discount for:

  • Any participant who registers by June 30
  • GCU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and MILL members who register by July 12

Participants will be able to choose a Workshop Leader and allowed to sign up for consultations with the agent only after payment is received in full.

Same day registration is available if space allows.

Price includes; breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and snacks Saturday, as well as breakfast, lunch, coffee, and snacks Sunday.

Overnight accommodations are available for $50 per night. Please inquire about rates by contacting GCU Special Events at specialevents@georgian.edu.

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 hausmannj@georgian.edu or GCU Special Events at specialevents@georgian.edu if you have any questions or comments.

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