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Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway Testimonials

"This conference is a gift. It permits a writer to take risks without concern for impressing or competing. It gave me the space to imagine and experiment. This is a community that is generous and encouraging while also being honest. A great relief."
   ~ Amy, Blue Bell, PA, Winter Getaway Participant

"I had a better, more enriching experience at the retreat than in the book-writing group I attended for over a year. Our workshop leader was at the top of the scale, keeping the workshop intensive, genuine, supportive and inspiring."
   ~ Juliet, Philadelphia, PA, Winter Getaway Participant

“Many participants have been attending for years and within a day I realized why: the community is so warm and friendly. Peter is a dream host. The poetry workshops are challenging and rigorous yet lack intimidation. It’s a blend that’s magic.”
   ~ Caits, New York, NY, Winter Getaway Participant

"I have been to 11 Getaways and 17 of the poems I drafted there have been published! Your goofy prompts/ variations/ challenges for the delusional really work. 17 poems I would not have written if not for you, Peter. Thank you for helping me become a poet."
   ~ Pat, Elkton, MD, Winter Getaway Participant

"No single living poet has inspired or encouraged me more than the magical Peter Murphy. Happy NaPoMo Day 30... See you next year!"
   ~ Tammy, Collingswood, NJ, Winter Getaway Participant

New Hampshire Getaway (Live Free and Write) Testimonials

"I've never done an overnight writing retreat before and was amazed at how much writing happened just being away from home. The atmosphere was perfect: open, honest, sincere and so encouraging. Definitely worth the money, the drive and the time!"
   ~ Anne, Belmont, MA, New Hampshire Getaway Participant

"Live Free and Write is brilliantly organized. Freedom is offered to just write, talk about writing, think about writing and read others' writing–so refreshing, restorative and encouraging. Amanda is hardworking and delightful. And Peter, how he puts us all at ease, so inclusive and open, such an energetic thinker, an enthusiastic and experienced teacher. He creates an atmosphere of friendliness that makes the whole thing work. Thank you!"
   ~ Jerri, Meyersdale, PA, New Hampshire Getaway Participant

"From the moment we arrived, the tone you set established an extremely supportive environment—enough structure and focus to keep us invested in our work, yet flexible enough to foster creativity and enjoyment. Thank you!"
   ~ Susan, River Edge, NJ, New Hampshire Getaway Participant

Shore Thing Testimonials

"Peter Murphy is an inspirational force of nature! He is wonderful at fostering a warm, inviting environment in which writing comes easily. The writing community is blessed to have his leadership and presence."
  ~ Shore Thing Writing Getaway Participant

"I loved this event. Peter offered great insight into the craft of writing in an honest, down-to-earth way. The reading selections were great examples and the prompts were perfectly challenging."
  ~ Farrah, Manahawkin, NJ, Shore Thing Writing Getaway Participant

"I was surprised at how easily the writing came to me in this setting! I really enjoyed the unique writing prompts and the opportunity to share my work with my group."
  ~ Shore Thing Writing Getaway Participant

"I have a tendency to write with the emergency brake on, but your exercises provided me with some wonderful new tools for freeing my imagination. I really appreciate the amount of thought you put into the program."
   ~ Mary, Bala Cynwyd, PA, Shore Thing Writing Getaway Participant

"There is so much positive energy, which creates a welcoming environment–and this is all thanks to Peter and Amanda: two good souls who genuinely care about the participants and disarm any pretense the minute they walk in the door. Thank you, Peter, for inspiring and cultivating a nurturing climate packed with creativity and free imagination."
   ~ Ben, Allentown, PA, Shore Thing Writing Getaway Participant

"Peter, magically, has the ability to sweep away doubts, excuses and the static in my head–until all that is left is the opportunity to write. Another great experience!"
   ~ Joe, Marmora, NJ, Shore Thing Writing Getaway Participant

Wales Getaway Testimonials

"Attending was a big deal for me since I'd never been to a writing retreat before. It turned out to be fabulous—the atmosphere was perfect for writing and Peter was an excellent teacher. His lessons were unique and helped uncork my writing, getting me to think and use my writing time wisely. I highly enjoyed the trip and would recommend a Murphy Writing retreat to absolutely anybody, whether a novice or pro."
   ~ Michelle, Huntsville, TX, Poetry, Wales Getaway Participant

"The program was one of the most enjoyable vacations I ever had. The friendships, the creativity, the entire experience of the workshop, guest speakers and excursions amounted to a trip I will never forget. It helped me as a writer, as a potential novelist, and I'll be back."
   ~ Walt, Linwood, NJ, Novel, Wales Getaway Participant

"I didn't know what I was getting into going to Wales and I don't know what I'm getting into going to New Jersey, but the first was so successful that I'm going for the second."
   ~ Susan, Lincoln, MA, Fiction & Personal Essay, Wales Getaway Participant

"The program couldn't have been better. I especially enjoyed the feedback sessions, with their warm atmosphere and an environment of trust which helped us listen to each other, to really hear what the reader was saying and venture a thought or two. Thank you for everything."
   ~ Belinda, Barcelona, Spain, Short Fiction & Memoir, Wales Getaway Participant

"I think you, Peter, are one of the best writing teachers around, certainly the best I've ever had, the proliferation of MFA programs notwithstanding. You create a space where writers can REALLY GROW, and my manuscript and I are very happy to have been in it for a week."
   ~ Kate, New York, NY, Memoir, Wales Getaway Participant

"At the Getaway, individuals were given a choice of what they want to attend without pressure to do everything. Organic, genuine camaraderies were developed, not forced by 'team building' activities, and I'm still in touch with many of the other participants. It was a unique experience and has surprised in me that need of a catalyst. I'm writing every day now."
   ~ Nicole, Collegeville, PA, Poetry, Wales Getaway Participant

"The prompts, special guests and feedback sessions were outstanding. The readings and excursions were provoking. The flexibility to write, share and give feedback (or not) was a safe, comfortable way for intelligent people to risk creativity. The food was good and the care for special diets was appreciated."
   ~ Martha, Colonia, NJ, Poetry, Wales Getaway Participant

Ocean View Poetry Getaway Testimonials

"Thanks for your skillfully delivered kicks in the ass. The structure is well designed to help us get out what's inside us. Well worth the money. You really deliver what we need."
~ Dave, Cherry Hill, NJ, Ocean View Poetry Getaway Participant

"This getaway provided an excellent opportunity to write, which I normally don't have in my busy life. Everyone was very supportive and welcoming, the food was superb and the accommodations were beautiful. I loved staying so close to the beach!"
~ Sherrie, Bridgeton, NJ, Ocean View Poetry Retreat

"This was my first time attending and I truly grew. I loved the low-key, relaxed nature and appreciated the thoughtful assignments. Thanks for the great experience."
   ~ Christine, Philadelphia, PA, Ocean View Poetry Getaway Participant

Scotland Getaway Testimonials

"Thank you. You did a great job in putting together a week well balanced in writing, workshopping and touring, but what made it really stand out was our involvement with the locals as we became part of the culture and experienced it from the inside."
   ~ Patricia, Fiction and Nonfiction, Allendale, NJ

"The fun and engaging prompts encourage writers, and there's a great sense of caring for the individual. Thank you for giving me the excuse/opportunity to write and at the same time visit a part of the world I wouldn't otherwise see."
   ~ Barbara, Nonfiction and Poetry, Summit, NJ

"I loved the entire workshop! I had a wonderful experience mostly because of Peter and Amanda and the kind of people who came. Peter was a great leader and teacher–thank you. Juliet was also really, really great, a wonderful addition."
   ~ Judy, Memoir and Fiction, Hopewell, NJ

Praise for Murphy Writing Email Newsletters

"I have to thank you for your newsletter—last week you sent links to find places to send stuff out for possible publication. I followed them, joining Duotrope, and this week I've had one piece of flash fiction and two poems accepted."
   ~ Judy, Email Subscriber

"Thank you for yesterday's email, Peter. I loved the short DeLillo piece as well as the essay with the heron. I teach a micro prose class, and these are both perfect to use for that. I just wanted to tell you your wisdom is always appreciated when you send it out into the ether of all of us writers!"
   ~ Ethan, Email Subscriber

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