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  January 16-19, 2015     Not your typical writers' conference

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About the Getaway

This is a conference where you write!

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
January 16-19, 2015
Stockton Seaview Hotel
Galloway, NJ (Atlantic City area)

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Peter Murphy created 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 22nd year, the Getaway has become one of the oldest and largest writers' conferences in the winter season, attracting more than 200 writers from across the country.

The inspiration behind the conference was unique. In the early '80s, when Peter returned home from his first residency at an artist colony, he failed to find enough solitude to continue creating exciting new work. Peter decided to put together his own "mini Yaddo" retreat and rented a hotel room for a weekend. A new poem that surprised and pleased him came to life, so he checked into a different hotel the following month, and the month after that. When Peter told other writers about his hotel habit, he often heard them say, "I wish I could go with you."

A strong believer in community, Peter decided to host a Getaway for these writers and chose the three-day holiday weekend honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which was the slow season in the seashore town of Cape May. The Winter Getaway is now presented in partnership with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and takes place at Stockton Seaview Hotel at the Jersey Shore near Atlantic City.

In 2012, Jane Street Press published Challenges for the Delusional, a collection of Peter's writing prompts from the Winter Getaway and the poems they inspired. Currently, Murphy Writing offers seven Writing Getaways annually in the United States and abroad.

Learn more about this year's Winter Getaway workshops.

What Makes the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway Unique

  1. Focused on participants: The Getaway helps writers improve their craft.
  2. Philosophy: The Getaway was founded on the belief that when writers leave behind the distractions of their busy lives to gather in an encouraging community, they are able to make important breakthroughs in their writing.
  3. Generative: At most conferences, writers listen to talks and panels and sit in sessions where previously written work is discussed. At the Getaway, they write.
  4. Small, intensive workshops: 200 writers attend the Getaway, but most workshops are limited to 10 people. By spending the entire weekend in one workshop, participants will venture deeper into their writing, making more progress than they thought possible.
  5. Valuable instruction: Getaway faculty are chosen because they can write and teach. They provide generous instruction and insightful and supportive feedback.
  6. Welcoming community: The faculty, staff and long-time participants go out of their way to make newcomers feel comfortable. First-timers report they are surprised how friendly everyone is, and many become regulars themselves.
  7. Safe place to grow: The Getaway creates an environment that encourages each writer to take creative risks. Peter begins the weekend by singing in his off-key voice which leads participants to realize that if it's okay for Peter to risk that kind of embarrassment, they can too.
  8. Open to writers at all levels: Every writer, whether they are just getting started or already have an MFA and publications, can improve their craft with rigorous instruction and encouragement. The Getaway does not have an application process; everyone is welcome.
  9. Time of year: Writers are looking for workshops and community all year long, not just in the summer when the majority of conferences are held. The Getaway is one of the oldest and largest taking place in the winter season, helping writers get their year off to a productive start.
  10. The Getaway is fun! Year after year, the Getaway proves that even the most serious of writers produce better work when having a good time.

See what workshops are available at this year's Getaway.

Our Participants Say It Best

"The workshops were supportive and so much fun. I am thrilled with the work I began at the Getaway. My writing and my commitment have been re-energized and I can’t wait to continue writing. The hotel was a delight—the staff was so helpful and the facility was beautiful."
   ~ Linda, Cedar Grove, NJ

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