Murphy Writing of Stockton University Presents the 6th Annual
August 14-19, 2016 - Filled!
Dexter's Inn, Sunapee, NH
The 2016 program has finished. Sign
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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, homemade 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 revolve around 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
at least 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
You may choose to spend the week working on your memoir or poetry chapbook.
Memoir 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
Limited to 10 participants—Led by Mimi Schwartz,
author of two prize-winning books of creative nonfiction: Thoughts from a Queen-Sized
Bed and Good Neighbors, Bad Times and co-author, with Sondra Perl, of Writing
True, the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction
In this intensive but supportive workshop, we will learn how to move a batch of
poems into a well-crafted chapbook-length manuscript. Working as each other’s
editors and collaborators, we will explore methods to order, group and title our
poetry collections to maximize thematic impact. We will consider what to include
and what to exclude. We will also discuss how and where to submit our “book” for
publication. Be ready to send 20-25 pages of poetry (30 line maximum per page)
by July 20 (or if registering after that date, within a week of registering).
The workshop leader and participants will read each manuscript before the
retreat. There is a $100 surcharge for this workshop.
Limited to 8 participants—Led by Lois Marie Harrod,
author of 16 books of poetry
"As a first-time attendee, I was very impressed. My workshop
leader 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
Reimagining Memoir workshop leader
Schwartz is the author of five books including Good Neighbors, Bad Times
– Echoes of My Father’s German Village (winner of a Foreword Magazine Award
for Memoir in 2008), Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed (a JCC book club
pick for 10 best nonfiction, 2002) and Writing True, the Art and Craft of
Creative Nonfiction, currently taught in 250+ undergraduate and MFA programs
(co-authored with Sondra Perl). Recent essays have appeared or will appear in Creative
Nonfiction, Post Road, Prairie Schooner (upcoming) and
Writing on the Edge (upcoming). Others have appeared in The New York
Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, The Writer’s Chronicle,
The Writer—and seven have been Notables in Best American Essays. A
MacDowell Fellow and Geraldine R. Dodge Fellow, she is Professor Emerita at
Stockton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. You can read her essay
on moving forward after her husband's passing,
"Who Will Tell My Story?"
Poetry Chapbook workshop leader
Lois Marie Harrod is the author of 16 books. Her most recent collection
Nightmares of the Minor Poet appears in May 2016 and her chapbook And She Took
the Heart was published in January. Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis
(Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing
Girl Press) were released in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook
Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers
and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010
Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). Lois is widely published in literary journals
and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative
Writing at The College of New Jersey. To read some of her work, visit
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 seven
books and chapbooks including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006
Paterson Poetry Prize. His recent essays and poems appear in The Common,
Diode, Guernica, The Hawaii Pacific Review, The
Lindenwood Review, Mead, The New Welsh Reader, Passager,
Rattle and Rhino. He has received fellowships and awards 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.
“Murphy Writing brings passionate, serious writers together in a community
that manages to be equally welcoming and challenging. Great artists who are also
wonderful human beings attend to support and cultivate each other’s work.”
~ Joe, Marmora, NJ
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 bedrooms
||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
||Workshop for Chapbook participants
||Workshop for Memoir participants
||Free time for writing, relaxing and socializing (Optional activities some nights
including participant readings and a game night.)
||Workshop and Closing
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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.
I've been to dozens of workshops. What will I get out of this one?
Our faculty challenge experienced writers to push beyond their usual limits.
If you have been writing for decades, they will compel you to go deeper, take
more risks and experiment with form and content. We know that experienced
writers benefit from our programs based on the fact that hundreds of
"re-PETERs" have attended three or more of our writing getaways.
"The best few days of writing I’ve had in years."
~ Christine, Linwood, NJ
This program has finished. Sign up for our
to find out about future writing retreats.
All Inclusive Fee — As low as $665
||Tuition with Commuter Package - $665 - 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 - $1,235 - 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 - $1,535
||Tuition with Shared Room Package (With non-participating guest)
- $1,855 - If you are bringing a guest, they may join us for meals
and all non-workshop activities.
Please note: Tuition does not include the $100 surcharge for the Poetry Chapbook workshop.
Take advantage and 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!
Wait List Information
Interested in a workshop or room package that's already
full? Please complete our
We are offering a $500 scholarship to a first-time participant of Live Free
and Write. A
panel of judges will review the submissions and make their selection based
on a combination of merit and need. Application Deadline: June 9, 2016,
and the recipient will be announced on this page by June 27, 2016.
6/27/16 Update: Congratulations to our scholarship recipient!
It was a tough choice, but the
panel has selected Sarah Chaves from Revere, MA. We look forward to
writing with her in New Hampshire.
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
"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
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 porch door. 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
"I just wanted to say that it was really fabulous and wonderful. I was a
first-timer and it’s really true—everyone was welcoming, the writing and
feedback were both challenging and fun and the caliber of work was amazing.
Thanks for a great event! And please put me on any mailing lists for Murphy
Writing and the Getaway—I definitely would like to stay updated."
~ Liz, Plainview, NY
● 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