New Jersey Writers' Conference NJ Winter Getaway Writer's Conference
  January 16-19, 2015     Not your typical writers' conference

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The Getaway was founded on the belief that when writers leave behind the distractions of their busy lives to gather in an encouraging community, they are able to make important breakthroughs in their writing. By spending the entire weekend in one workshop, participants will venture deeper into their writing, making more progress than they thought possible.

The Getaway offers plenty to do after hours: choose from tutorials, talks, walking on the wooded paths or relaxing by the pool. Evenings include receptions, open mics, dancing, a bookstore and more. Of course, you can continue writing in the solitude of your comfortable room.

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway Tentative Schedule
January 16-19, 2015

View the 2014 schedule, hot off the presses.

How You Spend Your Time at the Getaway

Workshop Time | Late Afternoons | Evenings | Head Home Refreshed

Workshop Time

Each workshop will meet for 15 hours and will offer craft discussion, writing prompts, writing time, feedback, motivation and inspiration. By spending the entire weekend in one workshop, participants will venture deeper into their writing, making more progress than they thought possible.

In the prose and other workshops, you will start something new using brief, structured assignments or bring along a work in progress to polish. Either way, your writing will receive personalized attention.

The poetry writing workshops will meet for an hour or so each morning before sending you off with an assignment that will encourage and inspire you to produce exciting new work. After lunch you will gather together to share your new piece in feedback sessions led by one of the experienced faculty who 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.

Late Afternoons
Late afternoons at the Winter Getaway offer time for tutorials and special programs. The 2012 program featured a talk and book signing by Nelson Johnson, author of Boardwalk Empire.

Many participants find themselves energized by their workshops and choose to spend this time writing instead. And those ready for a real break can opt to visit the pool, get a massage at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa or take a walk on the property's hundreds of wooded acres.

The weekend begins on Friday at 7:00 pm with the Welcome Reception and Orientation. You will start to get to know other participants and faculty while enjoying light refreshments and Peter's bad puns (Sorry, that's redundant).

On Saturday night you can try one of the local restaurants, relax in the solitude of your room, play table tennis or pool in the game room or lounge around the pool. If you are a risk-taker, you can drive 20 minutes into Atlantic City and try your luck at one of the casinos. If you like to dance, the Getaway disco will be buzzing.

Sunday evening will feature a special reading by Tony Hoagland and Stephen Dunn as well as the Getaway Bookstore. For participants who like to share their work, there will be open mics on Saturday and Sunday.

Head Home Refreshed
On Monday, after your morning workshop and a memorial tribute to Dr. King dedicated to race unity, we will send you home with a box lunch refreshed and excited, with new vision and new work to revise and keep you busy.

Can you think of a better way to blast through the winter doldrums?

The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway is a Program of Murphy Writing Seminars, LLC
New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Provider #539
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