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Georgian Court University's Summer Writer's Workshop
(Sat, July 11th – Sunday, July 12th, 2015)

Whether you're looking to spark ideas for a brand new project, or fan the flames of a current work-in-progress, the GCU Summer Writer's Workshop is the place for you. Join us in the beautiful campus setting at Georgian Court University for two days of hard work, good company, and writerly fun.

Participants will work closely with author, Jon Gibbs. Sessions will focus on novel writing, creating characters, and developing story ideas within the three-act structure.

Participants have the option of taking this workshop as part of a one-credit course. For details contact Dr. Connie Chismar

Our Workshop Leader

Jon GibbsBorn in England, Jon Gibbs, now lives in New Jersey, where he lectures on Creative Writing here at Georgian Court University. Jon also gives writing presentations and workshops in schools and libraries around the Garden State. His humorous talk, GETTING PUBLISHED: 10 Things Every Writer Should Know, was broadcast on local television in 2012.

Jon is the founder of The New Jersey Authors' Network. His middle grade fantasy, Fur-Face (Echelon Press), was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award.

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.

Registration Information

The workshop is recommended for novel writers aged 18 and older.

Registration Fee: $179 (or $199 if registration after May 31, 2015)
Same day registration is available if space allows.

Snacks, coffee, lunches both days, and dinner on Saturday included in the price.

GCU is a provider of NJ Professional Development Hours for Educators. Georgian Court CEUs will be provided to other attendees.

Program Schedule


10am – 12pm GROUP WORKSHOP: From good idea to great story
Includes: Write your book on Purpose; Outlines, Friend or Foe?; Snow White and the Seven Little Sentences.
12pm – 1pm LUNCH
1pm – 3pm GROUP WORKSHOP: Meet the Cast of your Book
Includes: Putting Personality on the Page; Why all your Characters Should Hate you; Is your Character Right for the Part?
3:30pm – 5:30pm GROUP WORKSHOP: Beat your Novel into Shape (part 1)
Includes: Loglines and Transformations; Your Story Starts Here; Premises, Premises


10am – 12:30pm GROUP WORKSHOP: Beat your Novel into Shape (part 2)
Includes: Sub-Plots and Seeds; The Three Cs of Conflict; We’re Doomed! Doomed I tell you!
12:30pm – 1:30pm LUNCH
2pm – 4:30pm GROUP WORKSHOP: Grab 'em by the Eyeballs and Don't Let Go
Includes: Recognize and Embrace your Narrative Voice; Brilliant Beginnings; Tension
4:30pm FINISH

Registration Fee: $179*
*Overnight accommodations are available for $50 per night. Please inquire about rates by contacting GCU Special Events at specialevents@georgian.edu.

If you prefer to register by mail, you can download the registration form. Please make out your check/Money Order to "Georgian Court University". Send the form and your payment to:

Office of Conferences and Special Events
Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Avenue Lakewood,
NJ 08701-2697
Tel: 732-987-2263

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