New Jersey Writers' Conference NJ Winter Getaway Writer's Conference
  January 17-20, 2014     Not your typical writers' conference
           
 

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Workshops
Poetry Workshops

Director Peter Murphy

The poetry writing workshops are at the heart of the Getaway. Each morning all the poets gather for an hour or so to discuss a packet of poems. Then Peter, the Getaway's founder, gives one of his imaginative, challenging assignments and sends you off to write. His unique prompts will encourage and inspire you to produce exciting new work, and after lunch you will share your new piece in a feedback session. One of the experienced faculty will help identify your work's virtues and offer suggestions to strengthen its weaknesses. Because these groups are small, you will receive positive attention to help your work mature.

"In the ten years I have been attending the Getaway, I have grown in both confidence and competence as a poet. This wouldn't have happened without encouragement to take risks coupled with support. Thank you."
   ~ Deborah, Egg Harbor City, NJ

Workshops are filling up. Register today to secure your place.


Poetry Writing
Stimulating assignments will start you writing. Positive feedback will help you revise your new poems into more mature literary works. Your tuition also includes a one-on-one tutorial with one of our faculty who will give you a constructive critique on a poem in progress. You will have the chance to sign up for this session after you arrive at the Getaway.
    Limited to 10 participants per section - Led by members of our Poetry Faculty


Advanced Poetry Writing
Same motivating assignments, but the level of critique will be more intensive. This is for those who have had both poetry writing and workshop experience. You will be able to list your faculty preferences, if any, during the registration process. Your tuition also includes a one-on-one tutorial with one of our faculty who will give you a constructive critique on a poem in progress. You will have the chance to sign up for this session after you arrive at the Getaway.
    Limited to 10 participants per section - Led by members of our Poetry Faculty

Workshop Leaders include
Special Guests
Stephen Dunn
 
Tony Hoagland

Add-ons for Advanced Poetry Writing Participants

Experienced poets are invited to work with our Special Guests, Tony Hoagland and Stephen Dunn.

  • Advanced Poetry Writing with Stephen Dunn
  • Advanced Poetry Writing with Tony Hoagland - Filled*

The Dunn/Hoagland sessions are part of the Advanced Poetry Workshop, which is comprised of three periods of craft discussion/writing prompts and three feedback sessions. If you choose to add on a workshop with Stephen or Tony, you will work with him during one of the three feedback sessions.

If you opt to work with one of our Special Guests during the workshop feedback sessions, you may bring a poem in progress (30 line maximum) or the day's assignment to be critiqued. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to one of these intensive sessions with each Special Guest. There is a $100 surcharge for each of these add-ons which is limited to 10 participants.


Not sure which workshop, Poetry or Advanced Poetry, is right for you? Visit Your Poetry Level for our quick quiz.

Workshops are filling up. Register today to secure your place.


Creative Writing Sampler: Poetry
If you are eager to try your hand at writing poetry, here's your chance. You will engage with key elements of the genre, practice techniques that will turn your writing into a sensory experience and develop and refine your own style. Stimulating prompts will provide springboards for writing, sharing and discussion. Whether you're seasoned or haven't put pen to paper in far too long, this workshop will energize your writing. This workshop is one of three genres featured in the Creative Writing Sampler. Learn more about this workshop.
   Led by BJ Ward


Poetry Manuscript Workshop

The following workshop is self-contained and will follow a different schedule from the Poetry Writing Workshops above. Because this workshop offers a lot of individual attention, it does not include a separate one-on-one tutorial. However, you are welcome to add one on if you wish.

Poetry Manuscript Workshop - Filled*
In this intensive (but low-stress and friendly) workshop, we will learn how to move a batch of poems into a well-crafted book-length manuscript. Working as each other's editors and collaborators, we will explore methods to order, group and title our poetry collections. We will consider what to include and what to exclude. We will discuss how and where to submit our "book" for publication. Be ready to submit 48-70 pages of poetry by Dec. 15. The workshop leader and participants will read each manuscript before the Getaway. There is a $100 surcharge for this workshop. Led by Lois Marie Harrod

*Limited to just 5 participants.*

*Interested in a workshop that is filled? View our Wait List Information.


Tutorials and Add-ons

Tutorial in Poetry
Poetry tutorials offer a constructive critique on a poem in progress that you're not sharing in your workshop. These one-on-one-sessions last twenty minutes. Some people like to get feedback on a poem they are still working on; others bring one they think might be finished. Either is fine.
     ● Open to all participants, regardless of which workshop you participate in.
     ● Tutorials will take place during the Getaway on Saturday and Sunday starting at 4:40 pm.
     ● No need to send your poem ahead of time; our tutors are experienced at providing constructive and supportive feedback in the time allocated.
     ● Note for Poetry Writing workshop participants (Regular and Advanced):
          ● Your tuition includes one tutorial, and you're welcome to add-on an additional one if you'd like.
          ● You will have the opportunity to select your time slot(s) and tutor(s) at the start of the Saturday morning session.
     ● Note for tutorial participants taking other workshops: On Friday evening, we will ask you to stay a few minutes after Opening Program (approximately 9:30 pm) to select your time slot and tutor.
     ● You may read our tutors' bios here.
     ● There is a $75 fee for each Tutorial in Poetry you add.


Algonquin-style Workshops
Join us for an Algonquin-style soirée for lively discussion and a raucous good time. Oh, and feedback on your work too. The fee includes your first two drinks, so no matter the quality of what you bring to the workshop, you'll leave with a good buzz. Open to all participants, regardless of which workshop you take. Each session is $100 and includes two drinks; cash bar available for additional drinks.

Algonquin-style Poetry Workshop
Bring 11 copies of a poem in progress (30 line maximum). Limited to 10 participants per session. Both sections led by BJ Ward.
     ● Friday, 3:30-6:30 pm - Filled*
     ● Saturday, 4:30-7:30 pm - Filled*

Algonquin-style Prose Workshop
Fiction and nonfiction welcome. Bring 11 copies of a short piece or excerpt of your work in progress. (Should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced with 1" margins and a 12 point font.) Limited to 10 participants. Led by Richard K. Weems.
     ● Friday, 3:30-6:30 pm - Seats available


See our full list of Tutorials and Add-ons


*Interested in a workshop that is filled? View our Wait List Information



The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway is a Program of Murphy Writing Seminars, LLC
New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Provider #539
609-823-5076 • 888-887-2105 • info@wintergetaway.com
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