New Jersey Writers' Conference NJ Winter Getaway Writer's Conference
  January 17-20, 2014     Not your typical writers' conference

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The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway does not have an application process; everyone is welcome. We believe that every writer, whether they are just getting started or already have publications or an MFA, can improve their craft with rigorous instruction and a supportive community. Experienced writers may wish to register for an advanced workshop or try a new genre.

"I just wanted to say that it was really fabulous and wonderful. I was a first-timer and it's really true—everyone was welcoming, the writing and feedback were both challenging and fun and the caliber of work was amazing. Thanks for a great event! And please put me on any mailing lists for Murphy Writing and the Getaway—I definitely would like to stay updated."
   ~ Liz, Plainview, NY

Workshops are filling up. Register today to secure your place.


$490 tuition includes:
     ● Workshop of your choice (17 to choose from; each offers 15 hours of craft discussion, writing prompts, writing time and feedback)
     ● Friday evening reception
     ● Meals: Saturday lunch, Sunday lunch and dinner
     ● Afternoon and evening activities

Note: Tuition does not include other meals, room packages (details below) or workshop surcharges for Poetry Manuscript Workshop or Finishing Your Novel.

Way to save:
     ● Claim your $25 "re-PETER" Discount if you've attended before!

Tutorials and Add-ons (Optional)

To get even more out of your Getaway experience, you can add-on the following tutorials and special workshops.

     ● Tutorial in Prose  —  $100
     ● Tutorial in Poetry  —  $75
     ● Algonquin-style Workshops  —  $100
     ● Advanced Poetry Writing with Stephen Dunn  —  $100 per session
     ● Advanced Poetry Writing with Tony Hoagland  —  $100 per session
     ● Detailed descriptions available here

Room Packages (Optional)

Includes 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 1 additional lunch (Monday), use of fitness center and pool, most gratuities, resort fee, state sales and hotel taxes. Please note: Your Tuition includes additional meals which will bring your total to 7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner.

     ● Single Room Package  —  $424

     ● Double Room Package  —  $253 per person (Notes: 1. You can specify a roommate or we can match you with one. 2. If you are part of a couple and would prefer a king bed, specify that in the comments section on the registration form and we'll pass on your request to the hotel.)

     ● Shared Room Package (With non-participating guest)   —  $598 includes everything listed above for you and a guest

FAQ: Extending your Getaway
The hotel will offer a special reduced rate for Getaway participants for several nights before and after the event. To take advantage:
     ● Register for the Getaway now and add-on your extra nights later.
     ● During the first week of January, we will email registered participants with details on how to book these optional extra nights. The discounted rate for the extra nights for will be $93/night plus taxes and fees (single or double occupancy, no meals included) and will enable you to stay in the same room throughout your whole visit.
     ● More FAQs

How to Register

     ● Register online on our secure site to pay by credit card.

Please note: If you have trouble registering online or don't receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please call us at 609-823-5076 or email

     ● Register by mail to pay by check or purchase order.*

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The Fine Print

● Early Bard Discount ($25) if you pay in full on or before Nov. 20
● "re-PETER" Discount ($25) if you've attended the Winter Getaway before
● Change Fee ($25) will be charged to switch your workshop, room package, tutorial(s), add-ons and/or payment method after Dec. 10
Cancellation policy:
         ● On or before Nov. 20 — 100% refund minus a $50 processing fee
         ● Nov. 21-Dec. 10 — 50% of total refunded
         ● Dec. 11-31 — 50% credit for future Getaway
         ● Jan. 1 or after — Sorry, no refund will be issued


Several scholarships will be offered for the 2014 Getaway. Click for details.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available in any denomination and can be sent electronically so you receive them in plenty of time for the special occasion. Click for details.

Writers, tell your loved ones that's what you want for Christmas...or Hanukkah...or your birthday...or just because.

Wait List Information

Interested in a workshop or room package that's already full?
To be added to the wait list, send your name, phone number, email and workshop (or room) preference to In the event of a cancellation, we will notify the person at the top of the list. Note: The same Fine Print and Cancellation policy applies to all registrants whether they are on the wait list or not.

Group Discount

We welcome writers' and student groups and offer a discount on tuition when four or more members attend the Getaway. Email us at for the details.

Earn Professional Development Credit

Teachers will earn 18 hours of professional development credit. Many educators are sponsored or reimbursed by their school districts and colleges for this multicultural, professional development activity. Purchase orders are welcome.

Registration Option for South Jersey Teachers via SRI & ETTC

Many South Jersey teachers are able to have their districts pay when they register with ETTC hours. Click for details.

Workshops are filling up. Register today to secure your place.

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The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway is a Program of Murphy Writing Seminars, LLC
New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Provider #539
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