What Makes Us Unique

Writer at the Winter Getaway writers conference

1. This is a conference where you write: At most conferences, writers listen to talks and panels and sit in sessions where previously written work is discussed. At the Getaway, they write.

2. Small, intensive workshops: Most workshops are limited to 10 or fewer participants. By spending the entire weekend in one workshop, participants will venture deeper into their writing, making more progress than they thought possible.

3. Valuable instruction: Getaway faculty are chosen because they are talented writers and teachers. They provide generous instruction and insightful and supportive feedback.

4. Welcoming community: The faculty, staff and long-time participants go out of their way to make newcomers feel comfortable. First-timers report they are surprised how friendly everyone is, and many become regulars themselves.

5. Safe place to grow: The Getaway creates an environment that encourages each writer to take creative risks. Peter begins the weekend by singing in his off-key voice which leads participants to realize that if it’s okay for Peter to risk that kind of embarrassment, they can too.

6. Open to writers at all levels: Every writer, whether they are just getting started or already have an MFA and publications, can improve their craft with rigorous instruction and encouragement. The Getaway does not have an application process; everyone is welcome.

7. Time of year: Writers are looking for workshops and community all year long, not just in the summer when the majority of conferences are held. The Getaway is one of the oldest and largest taking place in the winter season, helping writers get their year off to a productive start.

8. The Getaway is fun! Year after year, the Getaway proves that even the most serious of writers produce better work when having a good time.


“Indeed, the Getaway is not your typical writers’ conference. It’s a gaggle, a posse, a stanza of poets. The one with the Pulitzer sits next to the one who last composed couplets in grade school. Though known for his writing exercises, Peter Murphy, himself, is the best writing prompt. How else could such great writers and friends come together so wonderfully?”
~ Shaun, Advanced Poetry Writing Participant, Brooklyn, NY


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