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Autumn Writing Getaway
A One Day Retreat for Poets and Writers

November 5, 2016 - Filled
9:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Stockton University, Galloway, NJ

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Need a brief break from your life? Need to rekindle your love affair with writing? Join us for this mid-autumn Getaway to give your creative spirit a much needed boost. No need to stay the night. No distractions. Just a day of writing. Choose from workshops in memoir, fiction or poetry.

"I was surprised at how easily the writing came to me in this setting! I really enjoyed the unique writing prompts and the opportunity to share my work with my group."
   ~ One Day Writing Getaway Participant

Space is limited.
     Our programs fill quickly.
          Register today so you're not disappointed!

Workshop | Schedule | Faculty | Location | FAQ | Registration | Travel


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 6 hours and will offer craft discussion, writing prompts, writing time, sharing and inspiration.

Spend the day writing in one of the following workshops.

Poetry of Place
This workshop will teach you how to use the landscape of the physical world to compose poems that are descriptive, meaningful and true. Through craft discussion, Peter will show you how to adapt the novelist’s descriptive eye to write lines of poetry that are visually stunning and rhythmically sound. He will then give you challenging, imaginative prompts and send you off to write. You’ll be free to explore Stockton’s beautiful campus and its unique ecology for inspiration. If you are new to poetry, you will learn how to get started and how to hold yourself to a higher standard when you revise. If you are an experienced poet, Peter will challenge you to push beyond your usual limits. Spend the day immersed in this supportive community, writing and sharing some of your new drafts.
     Led by Peter E. Murphy

Grounding Your Story: A Fiction Workshop
Stories have the power to transport readers to another world—a unique place, real or imagined. This supportive fiction workshop will show you how to create a setting that engages the five senses, shapes and reveals character and deepens plot. We will examine excerpts of compelling stories and discuss how those authors use sensory detail and point of view to convey place. Inspired by prompts, you will write and share in an encouraging community. You are welcome to bring your work in progress or start something brand new.
     Led by Carol Fragale Brill

No Place Like Home: Writing Memoir from Your Roots
All of us have places—Grandma's kitchen table, that rickety tree house, your childhood bedroom—that buzz with memory and emotion. Learn to capture the power of these places, and explore their influence on you, through crafting short memoir pieces. In this workshop, we'll examine and discuss several excerpts from contemporary memoirs about place. We will then spend most of the day generating new material based on intriguing, open-ended prompts. The workshop will emphasize writing and reflecting, and we'll also have time to share some of this new work and hear what resonates.
     Led by Anndee Hochman

"I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the session. It was so much more than I had anticipated. I really feel like it helped me scope out my vision for my memoir. Thank you for a well-structured and thought provoking day."
   ~ Claudia, Clinton, NJ

Schedule (Tentative)

  9:15 a.m. Arrive and sign in
  9:30 Welcome, Craft Discussion, Prompts, Writing Time
  12:15 p.m. Lunch
  1:00 Craft Discussion, Prompts, Writing Time
  3:45 Share Around
  4:15 Closing
  4:30 Head Home


Poetry workshop leader
Peter E. Murphy writer headshotPeter 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.

Fiction workshop leader
Carol Fragale Brill, a writer, coach and educator, is The Press of Atlantic City 2016 Reader’s Choice Best Local Author Silver Medal Winner. She is the author of two novels, Peace by Piece, a 2015 Reader’s Favorite Honorable Mention, and Cape Maybe, an Amazon Women’s Fiction Best Seller, a Digital Books Today and Wall-To-Wall Books Best of 2014 Indie Book and a Shelf Unbound Best of 2014 Notable Indie. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her fiction received recognition from Poets and Writers and was a reader favorite in The Best of Philadelphia Stories Anthology. Her writing has also appeared in I Am Subject, Wide Array, New York Journal of Books, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Press of Atlantic City and various online e-zines, blogs and business journals. Visit her at

Memoir workshop leader
Anndee Hochman’s articles, short memoirs and essays appear regularly in Purple Clover, Broad Street Review and Speakeasy, an online department of WHYY public radio in Philadelphia. Her weekly feature in The Philadelphia Inquirer, "The Parent Trip," chronicles the myriad ways there are to become a parent. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, Anatomies: A Novella and Stories (2000) and a book of essays, Everyday Acts & Small Subversions: Women Reinventing Family, Community and Home (1994). For more than 20 years, Anndee has taught memoir and creative non-fiction to adults, teens and children in a range of settings that include writers’ workshops, after-school programs, senior centers and a small fishing village on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Visit The Philadelphia Inquirer to read her weekly column on parenthood, "The Parent Trip."


The Autumn Writing Getaway will take place at Stockton University’s Campus Center in the heart of the Pinelands National Reserve. Located near the intersection of the AC Expressway and the Garden State Parkway, Stockton is just 1 hour from Philadelphia, 95 minutes from Princeton and just over 2 hours from North Jersey and New York. See the Travel section below for the address, directions and parking info.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

"This program offered a lot of valuable information and inspiration. Time and money well invested. Thank you."
   ~ Richard A. Herman, author of
Laszlo's Fire


Tuition for November 5 — $80
     Includes a sandwich, salad and soft drink for lunch.

Take advantage & 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

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The Fine Print
    ● Full fee due upon registration
    ● "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
    ● Sorry, only one discount per person
    ● Change Fee ($25) will be charged to make changes to your registration after October 22

Cancellation Policy
    ● By October 22 — 50% credit toward one of our upcoming programs
    ● After October 22 — No refund

Space is limited.
     Our programs fill quickly.
          Register today so you're not disappointed!

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Stockton University
Campus Center - Board of Trustees Meeting Room (New location for 2017)
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205

Driving Directions
Important Update – 2/1/17
The "Rest Stop Exit" on the Garden State Parkway is permanently closed. Please follow these new directions to Stockton: Stockton’s driving directions, or view Google's directions.

Stockton University offers free parking on weekends. There is a big construction project on campus. You may want to allow a few extra minutes to park. Park in Lot 3 or 4 (near the Unified Science Center) and enter the Campus Center through the center doors. Download the campus map for more details.

Once inside the Campus Center, turn right and walk down the long hall. The Board of Trustees Meeting Room will be on your left. If you reach the stairs going down to the food court, you've gone too far.

If you have trouble finding the Campus Center or the Board of Trustees Meeting Room, please ask. The Stockton community is quite friendly and will be glad to help.

Accommodations (Optional)
Stockton Seaview Hotel, a 4-star hotel with excellent reviews, is only a 10 minute drive. This Holiday Inn Express also has good reviews on TripAdvisor. Spring weekends may be in high demand and if it's tough to find a bargain, you can look into other hotels in Egg Harbor Township, Absecon and Galloway, all of which are within a 20 minute drive.

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 such as TripAdvisor before you book.

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.

Testimonials about our Writing Getaways & Retreats

"Many of the ideas I expressed and questions I asked at the program had been gathering inside me for a long time. It was heaven to be able to speak with my workshop leader and fellow participants about them."
   ~ Sue, West Creek, NJ

"This was my first time attending and I truly grew. I loved the low-key, relaxed nature and appreciated the thoughtful assignments. Thanks for the great experience."
   ~ Christine, Philadelphia, PA

"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

"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 great experience!"
   ~ Joe, Marmora, NJ

"There is so much positive energy, which creates a welcoming environment–and this is all thanks to Peter and Amanda: two good souls who genuinely care about the participants and disarm any pretense the minute they walk in the door. Thank you, Peter, for inspiring and cultivating a nurturing climate packed with creativity and free imagination."
   ~ Ben, Allentown, PA

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Professional Development Credits

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.


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