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 S., 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
~ Juliet F., Philadelphia, PA, 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 V., 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!"
~ Pat V., Tammy P., Collingswood, NJ, Winter Getaway Participant
New Hampshire Getaway (Live Free and Write) Testimonials
"I've never done an over-night writing seminar before, and I was amazed
at how much writing happened just being away from home. The pacing was just
right—enough personal time and a balance of sharing and feedback. The
atmosphere was perfect: it was open, honest, sincere, and so encouraging,
making everyone in our group feel comfortable exploring and sharing.
Definitely worth the money, the drive, and the time!"
~ Anne S., 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
~ Jerri D., Meyersdale, PA, Live Free and Write 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 R., River Edge, NJ, Live Free and Write Participant
Wales Getaway Testimonials
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 M., 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 M., Linwood, NJ, Novel, 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."quot;
~ Belinda P., Barcelona, Spain, Short Fiction & Memoir, Wales
"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 F., 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 Z., 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
~ Martha L., 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 W., Cherry Hill, NJ, Ocean View Poetry Getaway Participant
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 R., 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
for the great experience."
~ Christine C., Philadelphia, PA, Ocean View Poetry Getaway
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