Murphy Writing of Stockton University and Dante Hall Theater Present
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Dante Hall Theater, Atlantic City, NJ
how to add levity to your poetry and prose to better engage your
audience. This writing workshop will teach you how to perk up
serious topics with a bit of humor while still respecting the
nature of your subject. Smile, relax and let us help you develop
stronger, more memorable pieces.
“I loved my first Murphy Writing workshop! It was so well-organized,
but more importantly, the quality of the workshop was excellent.”
~ Michelle, Boonton, NJ
Space is limited.
Our programs fill quickly.
Register today so you're
This is not a humor writing workshop. You will not learn how
to tell jokes, become popular and influence people. You will,
however, learn to infuse your stories, essays and poems with
segments that will lighten the load and cause your reader to
crack a smile.
Peter will begin the day with a craft discussion that examines how the
occasional comedic nod can humanize even the most serious of subjects. While
different genres have different demands, Peter has found that fiction writers,
nonfiction writers and poets can learn much about their own craft by reading,
discussing and experimenting with the craft of others. He will showcase models
from contemporary writers who have mastered the art of redeeming a piece that
might have become self-indulgent or overwhelming.
Then Peter will offer you prompts to get you writing, challenging you to add
light touches. Spend the day writing and sharing your new drafts in our
supportive community. You may bring previously written work or start something
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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 Paterson
Poetry Prize. His recent essays and poems appear in The Common, Diode,
Gravel, Guernica, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Lindenwood
Review, The New Welsh Reader, Rattle, Word Riot and
elsewhere. 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. Enjoy a
brief interview with Peter
and read some of his work at
Tickling the Muse will take place at Dante Hall
Theater, Stockton University's 1920s restored theater, down
the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk.
Located at the foot of the AC Expressway in the heart of
Atlantic City's historic Ducktown neighborhood, Dante Hall
Theater is just 75 minutes from Philadelphia, 100 minutes from
Princeton and just over 2 hours from North Jersey and New York.
Travel section below for the address,
directions and parking info.
If you would like to DO AC, here are options to consider:
● Swim at one of Atlantic City's
● Walk on the
● Shop at the
Tanger outlets—The Walk.
● Join a new writer friend or two for
for September 9 — $80
Includes a lunch of Atlantic City subs, salad, soft drink, chips and dessert.
advantage and save:
● "re-PETER" Discount ($10 off) if you've attended any
of our other programs
● Stockton Discount ($40 off) for students,
alumni, faculty, adjuncts or staff
Register online to pay
by credit card.
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 609-626-3594 or email us at
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The Fine Print
● Full fee due upon registration
● "re-PETER" Discount ($10 off) if you've attended any of our
● Stockton Discount ($40 off) for students, alumni, faculty,
adjuncts or staff
● Sorry, only one discount per person
● Change Fee ($25) will be charged to make changes to your
registration after August 26
● By August 26 — 50% credit toward one of our upcoming
● After August 26 — No refund
We are not currently offering scholarships for this program. Sign up for our
email list to be notified about future scholarship opportunities.
Space is limited.
Our programs fill quickly.
Register today so you're
"I loved how welcoming the retreat was. I truly felt among
a community of writers rather than people promoting themselves. The workshop
was encouraging and informative. I'm really
looking forward to the next one."
~ Jenna, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
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Dante Hall Theater
14 North Mississippi Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
We suggest you park in The Wave Garage which is one block from the
theater and charges $12 for up to 8 hours. As you leave the AC
Expressway, turn right on Baltic Avenue and the garage will be on
that block on your left. To go directly to the Wave Garage, enter
this address in your GPS: 2200 Fairmount Ave,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Limited free street parking may be available according to
From the Atlantic City Expressway East: At the foot of the AC
Expressway, make the first right onto Fairmount Avenue. From
Fairmount Avenue, take the first left onto Mississippi Avenue. Dante
Hall Theater is located in the middle of the next block (Mississippi
Avenue, between Arctic and Atlantic Avenues).
Or click here for
Google driving directions.
From New York City
Bus: New York City to Atlantic City:
NJ Transit Bus #319. The Atlantic City Bus Terminal is
approximately a 5 minute walk to Dante Hall Theater.
Train: Philadelphia to Atlantic City:
NJ Transit Atlantic City Rail Line. The Atlantic City Station is
approximately an 8 minute walk to Dante Hall Theater.
Dante Hall Theater is a 10 minute walk from Atlantic City’s
Summer weekends in Atlantic City are the high season and it may be tough to find
a bargain. If you wish to save money, you can look into hotels in Egg Harbor
Township, Absecon and Galloway Township, all of which are within a 20-30 minute
ACRooms.com lets you compare prices from more than a dozen hotels
with just a few clicks. Although you may find a good deal at an independent
motel, we suggest you stick with the major hotel chains and check reviews on a site
TripAdvisor before you book.
Additional Meals (Optional)
This writing retreat provides lunch as described above.
There are numerous options if you wish to eat additional meals in the Atlantic
City area, and we recommend a dozen of our favorite restaurants in our dining
guide which you will receive at the workshop.
Note: If you are coming from out of town and prefer a Writing Getaway
where we make the hotel and meal arrangements for you, consider one of our other
upcoming writing retreats.
Q: I haven't attended a mixed genre workshop before. How will I benefit from
While different genres have different demands, Peter has found that fiction
writers, nonfiction writers and poets can learn much about their own craft
by reading, discussing and experimenting with the craft of others. For
example, playing with dialogue, setting and point of view can make a poem
more surprising and meaningful. Paying attention to compression, rhythm and
sound can make a work of prose stronger and more credible.
Q: I write both poetry and fiction. Do I need to have a project in mind
No, a number of our participants write both poetry and prose. It's not
uncommon for someone to decide what form their writing will take after Peter
gives the prompt.
Q: I'm new to writing workshops. Will I fit in?
Absolutely! Peter's unique prompts will allow this supportive program to
benefit both beginning and experienced writers. We pride ourselves on
building an encouraging community of writers where all feel welcome.
Q: I've been to dozens of workshops. What will I get out of this one?
Peter challenges experienced writers to push beyond their usual limits. If
you have been writing for decades, he 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.
Try one of
Peter's prompts from Challenges for the Delusional.
full collection of
Writing Getaway photos.
needed this. I feel absolutely inspired and I can’t wait to attend again.”
~ Susan, Medford, NJ
“There’s a great energy in the room at this program. I appreciate the
planning that goes into the day. The pacing is perfect--just enough time for
each prompt. The prompts are creative and thought-provoking. These workshops
are always so productive; I leave with so many ideas and pieces to expand
~ Jackie, Bridgeton, NJ
"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
~ Joe, Marmora, NJ
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
"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
Participants will receive a professional development certificate of
participation. 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
employer to see if it will work for you.
Call 609-626-3594 or email
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