Our Philosophy |
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.
Peter Murphy, a nationally recognized poet and educator, founded Murphy
Writing Seminars 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
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.
Prior to starting Murphy Writing, Peter led hundreds of workshops for
teachers, writers and other professionals for organizations including
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the N.J. State Council on the Arts and The
National Council of Teachers of English. He was also an educational advisor
to PBS programs on poetry including Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers.
Through these experiences, Peter mastered the art of critiquing writers so
they would not only improve their work, but feel empowered and inspired to
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.
- Writing Workshops & Getaways
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
Our free Yahoo! Group will send you daily emails of poetry & prose readings,
workshops, conferences and other literary events in NJ, NY, Philly &
Solutions: Intelligent & Motivating Professional Development
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.
Peter E. Murphy, Founder/Director :|:
was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated
heavy equipment, managed a night club, and drove a cab. He is
the author of Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006
Paterson Poetry Prize, and a chapbook of poems, Thorough &
Efficient. His unique poetry writing assignments have been
collected in Challenges for the Delusional (2012), published by Jane Street Press. In addition to receiving a 2009 Poetry
Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, he has
received awards and fellowships from The Atlantic Center for the
Arts, Yaddo, The Folger Shakespeare Library and the White House
Commission on Presidential Scholars. He directs the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for
poets, writers and teachers.
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Amanda Murphy, Managing Director :|:
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
Taylor Coyle, Program Associate
Taylor, born and raised in South Jersey, is a strong advocate of
the Oxford Comma. She was originally Murphy Writing's intern
before she started working part-time for us. She also works in a
barbeque restaurant and currently attends the Richard Stockton
College of New Jersey for Literature. In her spare time, she
likes to catch up on sleep and write.