April 25 - 27, 2014
Sea Isle City, NJ
Join us at the Jersey Shore for a relaxing writing
retreat which will energize and inspire you. The weekend
will include writing time, supportive feedback sessions,
good meals and good company.
"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
today so you're not disappointed!
Trigger your imagination and compose new poems that will
surprise and please you. Spend this ocean-inspired weekend
immersed in the literary life: discussing poetry, writing and
sharing some of your drafts. If you are new to Sea Isle, you’ll
be amused to see that you have to pass Pleasure Avenue on your
walk to the beach. Too perfect.
"Re-PETERs" welcome! Prompts, readings and craft discussion will
differ each time.
The Ocean View Poetry Getaway starts with dinner on Friday night and runs
through lunch on Sunday.
||Arrive anytime before dinner and settle in
||Assignment 1 and Writing Time
||Feedback Session or Free Time
||Open Reading of Previously Written Work or Free Time
||Feedback Session or Free Time
||Lunch and Closing
||Straighten Up and Depart
Peter 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. Read some of
his recent press.
Additional Feedback Session Leader
Catherine Doty, a 2011 NEA Fellow in Poetry, is the
author of Momentum, a volume of poems from CavanKerry
Press in 2004, and Just Kidding, a collection of cartoons
published by Avocet Press. Her work has appeared in numerous
magazines and anthologies, among them Garrison Keillor's More
Good Poems for Hard Times and Billy Collins's 180 More:
Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. She is the recipient of a
Marjorie J. Wilson Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize,
fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and
the New York Foundation for the Arts and other grants and
honors. Cat has worked as a visiting artist for the Frost Place,
the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New York Public Library
and other organizations. Read her
guest blog on the Dodge Poetry Foundation's Poetry
The Ocean View Poetry Getaway will take place in Sea Isle City
in a large, modern shore house down the block from the beach.
The nearby views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding beaches
will provide a private, peaceful backdrop for our getaway.
Poet/gourmet chef Nina Soifer will be cooking for us again this
year, between stanzas, so to speak. You will love her.
We'll spread out in a couple of these comfortable homes. They are warm and welcoming
but do not provide linens and towels, so we'll have to bring our own and
straighten up before we leave. Please keep this in mind when arranging your
On-site amenities include:
● 2 blocks from the beach, 1 block from the bay
● Outdoor decks with places to relax and write
● Cozy living rooms
● Typically, at least one of the houses will have wi-fi,
which everyone is welcome to use
Sea Isle City is off of Exit 17, the Ocean View exit, of the Garden State
is located just 35 minutes from Atlantic City, 80 minutes from Philadelphia and
2.5 hours from New
York and North Jersey. The address and directions will be emailed to
registered participants approximately one week before the retreat.
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.
Which workshop leader will I work with?
Good news, you will work with both Peter and Catherine. Peter will lead the
bulk of the retreat, but you will have the opportunity to participate in a
feedback session with each leader.
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Includes poetry workshop with challenging assignments to get you writing and
opportunities to share what you produce in supportive feedback sessions.
Take advantage & save
● "re-PETER" Discount ($25) if you've attended any of
our other programs
Meal & Room Packages
Required. Must choose one: Includes 2 nights accommodation, 6 meals (Friday
dinner through Sunday lunch) and snacks. Meals are served buffet style and
include vegetarian options and do our best to accommodate dietary
||Double Room Package - $195*
||Shared Room Package (with non-participating guest)
- $395. (If you are bringing a guest, they may join us for the
programs on Friday and Saturday nights, meals and all non-workshop
||Meals Only Package for Commuters - $100 (Includes
on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Saturday & Sunday, and snacks.)
*A double room can be a great way to save
money. Let us know if you'd like us to try and find you a roommate.
secure registration site allows you to pay with a credit card or
Click here to register.
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 at 609-823-5076 or email us at
The Fine Print
||● Early Bard Discount ($25) if you pay in full on or
before March 1
||● "re-PETER" Discount ($25) if you've attended any of our
||● 50% deposit due upon registration
||● Balance due by April 1
||● Change Fee ($25) will be charged to make changes to your
registration after April 1
By March 1 — 100% refund minus a $50 processing fee
||● By April 1 — 50% credit toward one of our upcoming
||● After April 1 — Sorry, no refund will be issued
Space is limited.
Our programs fill quickly.
Register today so you're
"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
"This getaway provided an excellent opportunity to write, which I normally
don't have in my busy life. Everyone was very supportive and welcoming, the
food was superb and the accommodations were beautiful. I loved staying so
close to the beach!”
~ Sherrie, Bridgeton, 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 15 hours of
professional development credit for participating in 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