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Shore Thing Writing Getaway
Writing Beyond the Boardwalk

For Poets, Fiction and Nonfiction Writers
Dante Hall Theater, Atlantic City, NJ

September 6, 2014 - Filled
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers.

"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."
   ~ Shore Thing Writing Getaway Participant

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

Program | Schedule | Faculty | Location | FAQ | Registration | Travel | For Educators


Join us for this boardwalk-inspired getaway, designed for writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Trigger your imagination and compose new work that will surprise and please you. Spend the day immersed in the literary life: discussing writing, doing your own writing and sharing some of your new drafts. This is not a gamble. This is a shore thing.

"Re-PETERs" welcome! Prompts, readings and craft discussion will differ each time.

Schedule (Tentative)

  9:30 a.m. Welcome and Craft Discussion
  10:45 Prompt #1 Writing Time
  12:15 p.m. Lunch
  1:00 Prompt #2 Writing Time
  3:00 Share Around
  4:30 Head Home or DO AC


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 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. He has received fellowships 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 in the U.S. and abroad. Read a recent interview with Peter.


The Shore Thing Writing Getaway will take place at Dante Hall Theater, Richard Stockton College'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. See the Travel section below for the address, directions and parking info.

Extend Your Day

If you would like to DO AC, here are options to consider:
    ● Swim at one of Atlantic City's free beaches.
    ● Walk on the Boardwalk.
    ● Shop at the Tanger outlets & the Pier.
    ● Explore AC's nightlife.
    ● Join a new writer friend or two for dinner.

Frequently Asked Questions

I haven't attended a mixed genre workshop before. How will I benefit from this program?
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.

I write both poetry and fiction. Do I need to have a project in mind to attend?
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.

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 for September 6 — $65
    Includes a lunch of Atlantic City subs and a soft drink

Take advantage & save:
    ● "re-PETER" Discount ($5) if you've attended any of our other programs
    ● Discount ($5) if you're a World Above Open Mic participant

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The Fine Print
    ● Full fee due upon registration
    ● "re-PETER" Discount ($5) if you've attended any of our other programs
    ● Discount ($5) if you're a World Above Open Mic participant
    ● Only one discount available per participant
    ● Change Fee ($25) will be charged to make changes to your registration after August 22

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

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


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 $10/day on weekends. 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 posted signs.

Driving Directions
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.

Public Transportation
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.
From Philadelphia
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.

Accommodations (Optional)
Dante Hall Theater is a 10 minute walk from two of Atlantic City’s casino hotels: Trump Plaza and Caesars. 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 drive.

A.C. Central Reservations 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 such as 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.

Testimonials about our Writing Getaways & Retreats

"Peter 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 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

"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

"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

More testimonials

For Educators

    ● Earn Professional Development Credit. Participants will receive a professional development certificate of participation upon request. 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 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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