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Quickie Poetry Getaway
No frills. No hassle. No commitment. Just writing.

Hilton Garden Inn, Bridgewater, NJ

November 1, 2014 - Filled
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

November 2, 2014 - Filled
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The 2014 program is filled. Sign up for our email list to find out about future writing retreats.

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 writing.

"Perfect themes for tickling the muse. Good prompts and atmosphere. I'd love to do this quarterly!"
   ~ Jeff, Bloomfield, NJ

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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.

Schedule (Tentative)

Repeated both days with new craft discussion and prompts.

  9:30 a.m. Craft discussion, Assignment 1 & Writing Time
  12:00 p.m. Lunch (Not included)
  1:00 Assignment 2 & Writing Time
  3:00 Feedback Session
  5:30 Head Home or Stay Over


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.


The 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a topic in mind to attend?
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.


Tuition - $125 for either Saturday or Sunday

November 1, 2014 - Filled
November 2, 2014 - Filled

The 2014 program is filled. Sign up for our email list to find out about future writing retreats in the US and abroad.

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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 snacks.

Cancellation Policy
    ● By October 17 — 50% credit toward one of our upcoming programs
    ● After October 17 — No refund

Limited to 12 participants per day.
     Our programs fill quickly.
          Register today so you're not disappointed!

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Hilton Garden Inn Bridgewater
500 Promenade Boulevard
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Free parking is available in the hotel's lot.

Driving Directions
    ● 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 quarter mile.
    ● 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.

Testimonials about our Writing Getaways & Retreats

“Many participants 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

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For Educators

    ● Earn Professional Development Credit. 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. 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 welcome.


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