Murphy Writing of Stockton University Presents the 5th Annual
August 16-21, 2015 - Filled!
Dexter's Inn, Sunapee, NH
The 2015 program is filled. Sign up for our
to find out about future writing retreats.
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 "Free-Writing Intensive" or "Writing
and Publishing Retreat."
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 Diana Goetsch
"The writing intensive with Doug Goetsch gave me exactly what I needed to
take my writing to the next level. A remarkable experience with a remarkable
~ Kathy, Rockville, MD
Writing and Publishing Retreat
For writers of fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction and
Most writers want to publish their work, but too many stop short
of the final goal due to lack of know-how and fear of rejection.
This interactive workshop will support and encourage you as you
deepen your understanding of the publishing process. Whether you
write fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction or personal essays,
gain confidence and coaching on how to publish your writing
||Knowing what your audience and the market want
||Locating ideal outlets for work—literary journals,
small presses, blogs, magazines, regional publications, etc.—and
learning how to match your writing to their submission guidelines
||Learning how to write an effective cover letter and
||Understanding how to build an online platform that
will impress agents and editors
Bring your laptop or tablet and a work-in-progress (up to 3,000
words) to put through the stages of revision while learning how
to navigate the business of publishing. Before the retreat ends,
you will submit your finished piece to one of the markets you
evaluated during the week. Once you know how to approach this
mysterious industry, it will be a mystery no more. Your work is
almost ready, so let’s get it published.
Limited to 10 participants—Led by
"As a first-time attendee, I was very impressed. My workshop
leader, Amanda Morris, was full of energy, interesting,
encouraging and inspiring. I would come back just for her, but I
very much enjoyed the whole experience!"
~ Susan, Newtown, PA
Free-Writing Intensive workshop leader
Goetsch (formerly Douglas Goetsch) has published in many of the
leading journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Poetry,
The Gettysburg Review, The New England Review, Best American
Poetry and The Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Nameless Boy,
The Job of Being Everybody and several other volumes of poems, and writes
a weekly column for The American Scholar. Among her honors are
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation
for the Arts and the Donald Murray Prize. Diana teaches writing
privately—one-on-one and group workshops in the New York City area and around
the country. Visit her website:
Writing and Publishing Retreat workshop leader
Morris, Ph.D., is a writer, scholar, adventurer and traveler who has lived
in Pennsylvania and Alabama and is working on visiting all 50 states (she’s
currently achieved 41). She teaches writing and rhetoric at Kutztown University
of Pennsylvania and her academic writing can be found in Rhetoric Review,
Epiphany, WSQ, Journal of American Culture, South Atlantic
Review and The Literary Encyclopedia. In her pre-academic life,
Amanda spent a decade as a journalist with extensive and varied publication
experience, and another decade as a media buyer for various advertising
agencies. Amanda spends her free time cooking, fishing, gardening and dreaming
up new writing projects to tackle. Amanda’s professional home on the
web has writing tips, writing prompts and more information about her:
amandamorrisphd.com. Read her essay on rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy,
"Learning my Place from Nature’s Graveyard," originally published in Garden
Peter E. Murphy
has led hundreds of workshops for writers and teachers. He 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 numerous essays and four
volumes of poetry including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006
Paterson Poetry Prize. His recent writing appears or is forthcoming in
The Common, Diode, The Hawaii Pacific Review, The
Lindenwood Review, Mead, The New Welsh Reader, Passager,
Rattle, Rhino and Tiferet. 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. Read a
brief interview with Peter.
"I learned techniques I didn’t even realize I could use, despite all these
books I read. There was so much new writing!"
~ Amanda, Pittsburgh, PA
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.
"The best few days of writing I’ve had in years."
~ Christine, Linwood, NJ
The 2015 program is filled. Sign up for our
to find out about future writing retreats.
All Inclusive Fee — As low as $645
||Tuition with Commuter Package - $745 - 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 - $1,195 - 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 - $1,495
||Tuition with Shared Room Package (With non-participating guest)
- $1,795 - If you are bringing a guest, they may join us for meals
and all non-workshop activities.
Take advantage & save
● "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!
Unfortunately, we do not currently have scholarships available for Live Free and
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
"The Free-Writing Intensive was a total immersion in writing that showed me
there is no such thing as writer’s block as long as my hand is moving across
~ Kim, Vineyard Haven, MA
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. Stockton University 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 609-626-3594 or email