1 & 2, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn, Bridgewater, NJ
Only 2 seats left for 11/1. (As of 9/29/14)
Need a brief break from your life? Need to rekindle your
love affair with poetry? Join Peter for this mid-autumn
Getaway to give your writing a much needed boost. No need to
stay the night. No distractions. Just a day or two of
"Perfect themes for tickling the muse. Good prompts and atmosphere.
I'd love to do this quarterly!"
~ Jeff, Bloomfield, NJ
Join Peter for this mid-autumn poetry getaway to jump start your
writing. In the morning he will give you one of his challenging,
imaginative prompts and send you off to write. After lunch he
will do it again. Phew. Share one of your new drafts in the
afternoon feedback session or use that time for more writing and
revising. Register for one day or both. Limited to 12 participants per day.
"Re-PETERs" welcome! Prompts, readings and craft discussion will
differ each time.
Repeated both days with new craft discussion and prompts.
||Craft discussion, Assignment 1 & Writing Time
||Lunch (Not included)
||Assignment 2 & Writing Time
||Head Home or Stay Over
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 and other
programs for poets, writers and teachers. Read a
Quickie Poetry Getaway takes place at an anonymous hotel where
nobody knows your name, situated at the intersection of Routes
287 & 28 in Central Jersey.
Just 30 minutes from Princeton, 1 hour from NYC, 1 1/2 hours
from Philadelphia. Sneak in, sneak out. You'll be home for dinner.
I need to have a topic in mind to
It's not uncommon for someone to decide what direction their writing will
take after Peter gives the prompt.
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.
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.
9/29/14 Registration Update: Saturday:
only 2 seats remain. Sunday: better availability.
$125 for either Saturday or Sunday / $225 for both days
Take advantage & save:
● $25 discount when you register for both
Our secure registration site allows you to pay with a credit card,
debit card or
PayPal. Click the Pay Now button to begin the registration process.
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 toll-free at 1-888-887-2105 or email us at
Want to make your own weekend writing getaway? Enjoy discounted weekend
rates beginning at $84 per night.
Book directly with the hotel.
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The Fine Print
● Full fee due upon registration
● $25 discount when you register for both days
● Registration fee does not include meals, beverages or
● By October 17 — 50% credit toward one of our upcoming
● After October 17 — No refund
Limited to 12 participants per day.
Our programs fill quickly.
today so you're not disappointed!
Garden Inn Bridgewater
500 Promenade Boulevard
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Free parking is available in the hotel's lot.
● From the Garden State Parkway: Take Exit
127 to 287 North. Then Exit 13B. Coming off the exit stay left. At
first light turn left onto Promenade Blvd. The hotel is ahead one
● From 287 South: Take Exit 13. Go
straight through the intersection at the light. The hotel is on the
right about one quarter mile ahead.
● From the NJ Turnpike: Take Exit 10 to 287 North.
Then Exit 13B. Coming off the exit stay left. At first light turn
left onto Promenade Blvd. The hotel is ahead one quarter mile.
Or click here for
Google driving directions.
participants of the have been attending for years and within a day I
realized why: the community is so warm and friendly. Peter is a dream host.
The poetry workshops are challenging and rigorous yet lack intimidation.
It’s a blend that’s magic.”
~ Caits, New York, NY
"I have been to 11 Getaways and 17 of the poems I drafted there have been
published! Your goofy prompts/ variations/ challenges for the delusional
really work. 17 poems I would not have written if not for you, Peter. Thank
you for helping me become a poet."
~ Pat, Elkton, MD
"From 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
"This was my first time attending and I truly grew. I loved the low-key, relaxed nature and appreciated the thoughtful
assignments and how they were structured. I loved the sessions, the
combination of reading, craft suggestions, discussions and writing. Thanks
for the great experience."
~ Christine, Philadelphia, PA
"Thanks for your skillfully delivered kicks in the ass. The structure is
well designed to help us get out what's inside us. Well worth the money. You
really deliver what we need."
~ Dave, Cherry Hill, NJ
● Earn Professional Development Credit.
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. Check with your
school to see if it will work for you. You will earn 7 hours of professional
development credit for participating in each day of this program.
● Your school may pay for you. Many educators are sponsored or reimbursed by their
school districts and colleges for our workshops. Purchase orders are
Call 609-823-5076 or email
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