Murphy Writing Presents
August 17-22, 2014
Dexter's Inn, Sunapee, NH
Treat yourself to a writing vacation. Combine an extended
writing retreat with a relaxing summer vacation in the
picturesque mountains of New Hampshire. This getaway blends our
trademark challenging and supportive workshop experience with
plenty of free time for you to write and enjoy the refreshing New England
You will enjoy encouraging workshops, good meals and
good company. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, you will return home
from this writing vacation energized by the tranquil setting and excited to
"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
Space is limited.
Our programs fill quickly
Register today so you're
Our retreats are centered on the belief that when writers
leave behind the distractions of their busy lives to gather in
an encouraging community, they are able to make important
breakthroughs in their writing. Each workshop will meet for 20
hours and will offer craft discussion, writing prompts, writing
time, feedback, motivation and inspiration. By spending the
entire week in one workshop, you will venture
deeper into your writing, making more progress than you thought
Spend the week writing in either "Reimagining Memoir" or "Free-Writing Intensive."
Wait list available.
begins with a rush of memory—retold in fragments that surprise us on the
page. Sometimes the voice and shape feel right at the start, requiring only
minor tweaks. More often, we must re-enter the work, looking for missing
pieces of complexity and nuance. During this workshop, we will focus on
strategies for reimagining memoir, personal essays and family stories, using
prompts to help shape our experiences into narratives that are both
interesting and true. If you have work in progress, bring it along to use as
a springboard for insights into voice, structure and storyline with the goal
of turning those drafts into polished work.
Limited to 10 participants—Led by
Mimi Schwartz, co-author of Writing True, the Art and Craft of
Free-Writing Intensive - Filled.
Wait list available.
A Generative Workshop for Poets and Writers
Free-writing can be the most important tool in a writer's arsenal, the one
that gives us the best chance of surprising ourselves. It is also the first
way we honor an impulse to write, and the act during which the impulse
catches fire or peters out. Many writers know this, but few approach
free-writing as a practice, one with a wide range of methods and purposes.
This workshop will open the vault to the theory and practice of
free-writing, giving participants techniques for getting out of mental and
stylistic ruts, expanding the range of available subjects, solving problems
in the middle of a writing project and generating a
bounty of new material. Each session of Free-Writing Intensive is unique;
participants often repeat the workshop due to the sheer volume of new
writing they produce.
Limited to 15 participants—Led by Douglas Goetsch
Reimagining Memoir workshop leader:
Schwartz has published 5 books, including Writing True, the Art and
Craft of Creative Nonfiction (with Sondra Perl), used in over 250
undergraduate and MFA programs nationwide. Her other books include
Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed, a memoir about life in a long marriage
and Good Neighbors, Bad Times - Echoes of My Father's German Village,
winner of the New Hampshire Literary Nonfiction Award in 2009 and named for
a Best Memoir Award by Foreword Magazine. Her short work has appeared in
Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Agni, Missouri Review,
The New York Times, The Writer's Chronicle and The Writer, among others.
She is Professor Emerita at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. Get to
know Mimi: visit
read her essay, "Who Will Tell My Story?"
Free-Writing Intensive workshop leader:
Goetsch has published 6 collections, and his poems have appeared in
The New Yorker, The
Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, The Pushcart Prize and
Best American Poetry. His essays have been published in The American
Scholar, Utne Reader and most recently at Wabash Magazine. He
is a recipient of the Donald Murray prize for non-fiction writing, poetry
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation
for the Arts and is the founding editor of Jane Street Press. Get to know Doug:
read an interview in Verse Wisconsin,
read his essay in "Wabash Magazine" or visit
to read some of his poetry.
E. Murphy 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 (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. Peter directs the
Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, Murphy Writing Seminars and other
programs for poets, writers and teachers. Read a
This writing vacation will take place at Dexter's Inn, a country
inn, set on an idyllic hilltop estate in the lovely and
unhurried Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire. The panoramic views of Mount Kearsarge, Mount Sunapee and the surrounding countryside will
provide a private, peaceful backdrop for our workshops.
The guest rooms are comfortable and welcoming.
Each uniquely decorated room has a charming New England colonial feel
and private bathroom.
Chef Rolf serves up delicious homemade meals buffet style with vegetarian choices. If you have
dietary restrictions, you'll be able to note them during the registration
During your free time you may wish to enjoy the tranquil
grounds or explore the quaint New England countryside with its antique shops
and unique covered bridges. On-site amenities include:
||Cozy common rooms with fireplaces and a library
||Swimming pool, tennis courts and hiking trails
||Free wi-fi internet access in common rooms and many
||Indoor recreation room with ping pong and pool
Dexter's Inn is just 45 minutes from
Concord, 90 minutes from Boston and 4.5 hours
from New York and North Jersey. See the
Travel section below for the address,
directions and other travel information.
The program starts with dinner on Sunday night and concludes Friday morning
||Check in anytime before dinner and settle in
||Welcome, Orientation and Craft Discussion
Monday - Thursday
||Writing and free time
||Free time for writing, relaxing and socializing (Optional activities some nights
including participant readings and a game night.)
||Workshop and Closing
I'm new to writing workshops. Will I fit in?
Absolutely! Our experienced workshop leaders plan their sessions to benefit
both beginning and experienced writers. We pride ourselves on building an
encouraging community of writers where all feel welcome.
haven't attended a mixed genre workshop, like Free-writing, before. How will I benefit?
We've found that prose writers and poets can gain much by sharing a workshop
experience. More to the point, free-writing is actually a pre-genre
activity: before something becomes a poem, story or book, it's healthy to
think of it as a "thing," a stream of words that could go anywhere. Prose
writers may find themselves unwittingly committing an act of poetry, and
vice-versa—which can be exciting and liberating.
All Inclusive Fee — As low as $595
||Tuition with Commuter Package - $695 - Includes 6
lunches, snacks, taxes and gratuities.
Options with room packages
Includes 6 day workshop, 6 days/5 nights accommodation with a private bathroom, three meals
snacks, taxes and gratuities.
||Tuition with Double Room Package - $1,095 - A double room can be
a great way to save money. Let us know if you'd like us to match you
with a roommate.
||Tuition with Single Room Package - $1,395
||Tuition with Shared Room Package (With non-participating guest)
- $1,695 - If you are bringing a guest, they may join us for meals
and all non-workshop activities.
Save as much as $100!
● "Early Bard" Discount
($50) if you register by July 1
● "re-PETER" Discount ($50) if you've attended any
of our other programs!
Registration Update, 8/11/14: The inn is full, but don't let it stop you from participating. Here’s what you can do:
Please note: If you have trouble registering online, or if you
don't receive an email confirming your online registration within 24 hours,
call us at 609-823-5076 or email us at
Unfortunately, we do not currently have scholarships available for Live Free and
Wait List Information
Interested in a workshop or room package that's already
full? Please complete our
The Fine Print
||"Early Bard" Discount ($50) if you pay in full on
or before July 1
||"re-PETER" Discount ($50) if you've attended any of
our other programs
||50% deposit due upon registration
||Balance due by July 15
||Change Fee ($25) will be charged to make changes to
your registration after July 15
||By June 1 — 100% refund minus a $50 processing fee
||By July 15 — 50% credit toward one of our upcoming
||After July 15 — Sorry, no refund will be issued
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Take a look at the photos from one of our previous
Live Free and Write programs or view our
full collection of
Writing Getaway photos.
258 Stagecoach Rd
Sunapee, NH 03782
Dexter's Inn is close to I-89 and I-91.
Although other routes may be shorter in terms of mileage, they find that
using the I-91 and I-89 combination is less stressful and provides
significantly less risk of getting lost.
View the route
Dexter's Inn recommends.
Your best bet is to take Amtrak to Boston's South Station or fly to Boston's
Logan Airport. From there, you can take
Dartmouth Coach to New London, NH, which is about 10 minutes from
Dexter's Inn. We can arrange to have someone pick you up there if you let us
know the times in advance.
● Bus: New London, NH (Served by
● Train: Boston's South Station
● Airport: Boston's Logan Airport
Note: Other public transportation options may be available, but the routes
recommended above are the most direct options for getting to the program
When you arrive, please pull into the driveway in front of the
"Welcome" sign. Follow the wooden walkway at the end of the driveway
to the door next to the porch. The Inn staff will greet you and
assist you with unloading your bags. After you check-in, you can
move your car to the parking lot.
"Thank you once again for your lively challenging workshop. You provided a
great program in a cozy environment with wonderful people. I
thoroughly enjoyed the retreat and my wife enjoyed the R&R. We look
forward to another Murphy escape in New England."
~ Jim, Providence, RI
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
"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, Meyersdale, PA
● Earn Professional Development Credit.
Participants will receive a professional development certificate of
participation upon request. Murphy Writing Seminars, LLC is recognized by the New Jersey
Department of Education to provide Professional Development credit hours,
which many other states are willing to accept. You may check with your
district or employer to see if it will work for you.
● Your school may pay for you. Many educators are
sponsored or reimbursed by their school districts and colleges for
our workshops. Purchase orders are welcome.
Call 609-823-5076 or email
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