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About Murphy Writing of Stockton University

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Murphy Writing of Stockton University offers programs in the US and abroad to help writers develop their craft. When writers immerse themselves in these challenging and supportive workshops and an encouraging community, they often make breakthroughs in their art. The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, founded in 1994, is the flagship program, attracting more than 200 poets and writers from across the country each year. In Fall 2014, Murphy Writing became part of Stockton University.

Fast facts:
    ● Founded in 1994 by Peter Murphy--Celebrating 22 years!
    ● Offers 7-10 poetry and writing programs a year
    ● Best known for the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
    ● Holds an international writing retreat each summer

Our programs are known for helping writers develop their craft. See what's coming up.


  • Writing Workshops & Getaways
    Escape the distractions of your busy life. Advance your craft and energize your writing with a challenging and supportive Writing Getaway. Join us at one of our upcoming writing retreats and take advantage of plentiful writing time, insightful feedback, good meals and good company. Get Away to Write.
    Take a look at our upcoming writing retreats.

  • PoetryNJ Listserv
    Our free Yahoo! Group will send you daily emails of poetry & prose readings, workshops, conferences and other literary events in NJ, NY, Philly & environs. Learn more.
  • Inservice Solutions
    Intelligent & Motivating Professional Development
    Specializes in providing on-site professional development workshops for schools that are rich in content, extremely practical and enjoyable. Subjects include English, Language Arts, History, Social Studies, Elementary and more. Learn more.


Peter Murphy, a nationally recognized poet and educator, founded Murphy Writing in 1994 based on the belief that when writers leave behind the distractions of their busy lives to gather in an encouraging community, they will make breakthroughs in their art.

Murphy Writing currently offers seven "Writing Getaways" each year in locations that include New Jersey, New Hampshire and the United Kingdom. These Getaways offer plentiful writing time and challenging and supportive workshops with insightful feedback. The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway has become one of the oldest and largest conferences of the winter season, attracting more than 200 writers from across the country. 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.

In 2008, Peter hired his daughter away from her job as Deputy Director of Delaware Financial Literacy Institute. As Managing Director of Murphy Writing, Amanda Murphy handles the event planning, marketing and administrative aspects. Together they started Inservice Solutions to share Peter's successful classroom teaching strategies with educators.


Peter E. Murphy, Founder :|:

Peter E. MurphyPeter was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, and three poetry chapbooks, Thorough & Efficient, Mr. Nobody and Atlantic City Lives (Forthcoming in 2015). His unique poetry writing assignments have been collected in Challenges for the Delusional. He has received fellowships for writing and teaching from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Peter is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which includes the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers in the U.S. and abroad. Read more. . . .

Amanda Murphy, Director :|:

Amanda MurphyAmanda holds an M.A. from the University of Delaware in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators and has led workshops for students and teachers in venues including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Previously she was Deputy Director of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, worked in arts management and for a London-based non-governmental organization. At Murphy Writing, Amanda handles the event planning, marketing and websites. She spends what's left of her time trying to keep Peter organized.

Taylor Coyle, Program Coordinator

Taylor, born and raised in South Jersey, is a strong advocate of the Oxford Comma. She won 1st place in both the 2014 Stephen Dunn Poetry Contest and the 2014 Jennifer Cakert Poetry Awards. Originally Murphy Writing’s intern, Taylor started working part-time for us in 2013. She has also worked in a barbeque restaurant for several years and recently graduated with a degree in Literature from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. In her spare time, she likes to catch up on sleep and write.