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

Hilton Garden Inn, Bridgewater, NJ

November 2, 2013 - Filled
November 3, 2013 - Filled

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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

Space is limited.
     Our programs fill quickly—Both dates filled in just 3 weeks!
          Register today so you're not disappointed!

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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 was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a night club, and drove a cab. He is the author of Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, and a chapbook of poems, Thorough & Efficient. 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. He directs the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers.


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/project in mind to attend?
It's not uncommon for someone to decide what direction their writing will take after Peter gives the prompt.

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 / $200 for both days

November 2, 2013 - Filled
November 3, 2013 - Filled

Wait List Information
Both dates filled in just 3 weeks! To be added to the wait list, please complete our wait list form.

Accommodation (Optional)
Want to make your own weekend writing getaway? Enjoy discounted weekend rates beginning at $99 per night. Book directly with the hotel.

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The Fine Print
    ● Registration deadline: October 30
    ● Full fee due upon registration
    ● $50 discount when you register for both days
    ● Registration fee does not include meals, beverages or snacks.

Cancellation Policy
    ● By October 18 — 50% credit toward one of our upcoming programs
    ● After October 18 — No refund

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


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

"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. Participants will receive a professional development certificate of participation upon request. 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. 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.


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