"This was possibly the best weekend I've had since my
wedding. I learned more, wrote more and most importantly wrote
*better* in two and a half days than I had at other retreats and
conferences that were over a week long."
~ Carolyne, Pittsburgh, PA
"We want to thank Tom Peele for his help with our book and
let him know about our success. Not in a Tuscan Villa has
made the Amazon Bestseller list several times for Travel Writing
and has gotten great reviews, including one from Rick Mellerup
in The Sandpaper where he called it one of the best
things he's read in his career as a journalist. Thanks again."
~ Nancy, Fort Myers, FL
"The Getaway offers a priceless opportunity to write and
spend quality time with lots of warm, smart, funny people who
are as obsessed with writing as I am!"
~ Sarah, Belmar, NJ
"It was great to spend so much time around other writers,
make connections and get work done. My workshop really
energized me and made me excited to go home and get to work on
~ Travis, Philadelphia, PA
"I wanted to thank you again for putting together what was a
fantastically creative weekend. I wrote more in three days than
in the entire previous year."
~ John, Long Valley, NJ
"I just wanted to say that it was really fabulous and
wonderful. I was a first-timer and it's really true—everyone
was welcoming, the writing and feedback were both challenging
and fun and the caliber of work was amazing. Thanks for a great
event! And please put me on any mailing lists for Murphy Writing
and the Getaway—I definitely would like to stay
~ Liz, Plainview, NY
"The workshops were supportive and so much fun. I am thrilled
with the work I began at the Getaway. My writing and my
commitment have been re-energized and I can’t wait to continue
writing. The hotel was a delight—the staff was so helpful and
the facility was beautiful."
~ Linda, Cedar Grove, NJ
"Thank you for all your deft behind-the-scenes (and
before-the-scenes) organizing. Someone commented that she'd been
reluctant to come because other writing workshops she'd attended
were hopelessly disorganized...but she did come, and she was
impressed with how smoothly and expertly the Getaway runs. I
~ Anndee Hochman, Getaway workshop leader
"Thank you for creating this safe and creative space for
writers. The Getaway is my writing new year, a time when I can
reconnect to my goals and aspirations and set writing
resolutions. It's also the most supportive writing community
I've ever encountered and has helped me as a student and as a
teacher. I have always been treated with so much respect, even
as an aspiring writer, and it is your example, Peter, that fosters this
kind of environment. We are all so fortunate that you have
created this conference and that you continue to share it."
~ Emari DiGiorgio, Getaway poetry tutor
"My first Getaway changed my life, my writing and my
expression of myself. This one gave me more confidence and
valuable learning experiences. I'll be publishing my first book
soon. Thank you!"
~ Rodney, Yardville, NJ
"Peter - I'm in awe of the community you've fostered here.
The Winter Getaway has kick-started my writing for the new year.
I'm already looking forward to next year!"
~ Helen, Haddon Heights, NJ
"The Getaway was beautifully organized and the teachers were
inspiring and knowledgeable, There was a sense of fun, and
everyone was so friendly."
~ Sandy, Cincinnati, OH
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"As a first time attendee, I found the Winter Getaway to be
welcoming, inspiring and challenging. I've come away energized.
What a great way to spend a cold weekend in January!"
~ Dee, Clifton, NJ
you for a great workshop. I had only written one piece, a short
story, prior to coming. It was my first writing workshop and I
am now inspired to write more. I like the way you created an
atmosphere engendering positive feedback."
~ Julienne, Montclair, NJ
"The Winter Getaway was exactly what I needed to recharge as a
writer and start 2012 off on the right foot. From the supportive
community to the Seaview atmosphere, I left feeling inspired. Now I
can't wait to get back to work on the many projects I've lined up
for myself. I only wish the Getaway could last all year!"
~ Cate, Pittsburgh, PA
"The Winter Getaway was an extraordinary experience. I came
for the first time and wrote things that startled me. I enjoyed
opportunities to workshop my new work and make new friends. Seaview did a great job and the staff couldn't have been more
helpful. Peter and Amanda and their ‘team' really went all out
for us. It was a wonderful weekend and I intend to go every year
from now on."
~ Penny, Mays Landing, NJ
"I wanted to thank you for all of the insights and encouragement I
received from attending last January. Attached is a preview of the
results. The book will be available to the public later this week."
~ Bill, Margate, NJ
"My husband is so invigorated after your incredible weekend
retreat. This is just what he needed personally and for his
book. Peter, you are a consummate facilitator."
~ Participant's wife, Margate, NJ
"It's always a little nerve-racking to go back to a place
that was over-the-top wonderful the first time. It's doubly
wonderful to discover that it really is as special as you
~ Devon, Newark, DE
"What a great opportunity this is to escape into the world of
writing for a long weekend, to work with award-winning poets and
writers, to meet and network with other fellow writers and to
just have a ripping good time. Kudos to Peter, Stockton and
everyone involved for another excellent conference!"
~ Bruce, Cherry Hill, NJ
"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, Brooklyn, NY
"How can you not adore a man who for 19 years has hosted the
most amazing writer's retreat in the country, bringing together
the young and old, the famous and the fledgling, the poets and
novelists and memoir writers and journalists and songwriters in
this amazing amalgam of creativity, hard work and play? From
opening corny jokes to his challenges for the delusional to the
final gospel Conga line in honor of Dr. King, Peter Murphy is an
alchemist, and we are the grateful beneficiaries of magic."
~ Tammy, Collingswood, NJ
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From Previous Years
"This conference is a gift. It permits a writer to take risks
without concern for impressing or competing. It gave me the
space to imagine and experiment. This is a community that is
generous and encouraging while also being honest. A great
~ Amy, Blue Bell, PA
"I have been to 11 Getaways and 17 of the poems I drafted
there have been published! If you ever get discouraged and
wonder why you are looking up obscure quotations or packing up
boxes of postcards, I can tell you that 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 came from out of the country, and was made to feel at home
immediately. Thank You!"
~ Frank, London, Ontario
"I had a better, more enriching experience at the retreat
than in the book-writing group I attended for over a year. Our
workshop leader was at the top of the scale, keeping the
workshop intensive, genuine, supportive and inspiring."
~ Juliet, Philadelphia, PA
"The workshops were intense, joyous and useful, the food was
tasty and abundant, the dancing was blissful and I'm going home
with four new poems and an equal number of new friends. I have
been to dozens of conferences in the past several years and this
is now one of my favorite events."
~ Devon, Newark, DE
"The workshop leaders are talented and compassionate, pushing
you to new levels. The atmosphere is charged with creativity and
appreciation for the work of others. I travel from Chicago to
attend and have not been disappointed."
~ Donna, Willowbrook, IL
"I love the three night time-frame. It allows for deep work
and play. The workshops were the right length, and the panels
and evening events were lovely. This was my first, but not my
last time! Thank you."
~ Laura, Montclair, NJ
"The Getaway has inspired and empowered me! I am writing!"
~ Victor, Linwood, NJ
"I had such a great time and left feeling exhausted and
rejuvenated, with my luggage full of new poems, books and a
renewed excitement. I've heard so many great things about the
Getaway, but no praise equaled the experience."
~ Stacey, Fresno, CA
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