Note from the Director: Dorianne Laux was on our faculty in 2013 and 2011. Our current faculty includes Stephen Dunn and Kim Addonizio. Learn more about this year’s poetry workshops.


Advanced Poetry Writing with Dorianne Laux

Advanced Poetry with Dorianne LauxPoetry workshop in New Jersey
January 18-21, 2013
Led by Special Guest Dorianne Laux
*Limited to just 10 participants per session.*

The poetry writing workshops are at the heart of the Winter Getaway. Experienced poets taking Advanced Poetry Writing are invited to work with Dorianne Laux during one of their three feedback sessions.

In Dorianne’s workshop, you will receive constructive feedback on a poem in progress (30 line maximum) or a new poem written to the day’s assignment. She will help you identify your poem’s virtues and offer suggestions to strengthen its weaknesses. Since you already know the basics, she will encourage you to push your boundaries by taking imaginative and linguistic risks so you can make breakthroughs in your poetry.

  • Fee: $100 to add-on one poetry feedback session with Dorianne Laux
  • Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to one of these intensive sessions with each Special Guest (Stephen Dunn and Dorianne Laux)
  • Note: Dorianne’s sessions are not one-on-one tutorials, but group workshops with 10 participants

During your two additional feedback sessions, you will work with other members of our talented faculty. Each has a unique and encouraging style, which will nurture your poetry in different ways.

Learn more about the Advanced Poetry Workshop.

“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



Dorianne Laux headshotDorianne Laux’s most recent collections are The Book of Men (Winner of The Paterson Prize and The Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry) and Facts about the Moon (Winner of the Oregon Book Award). She is co-author of a handbook on writing, The Poet’s Companion, all from W.W. Norton. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, and Smoke from BOA Editions, as well as three fine press editions, Superman: The Chapbook, Dark Charms, and The Book of Women, from Red Dragonfly Press. The Book of Men was reviewed in the New York Times as one of five books of poems suggested for summer reading; shortly after its release in February, 2011, it reached number one on’s Bestseller list, beating out Tom Waits and Tupac Shakur. Laux teaches poetry in the MFA Program at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program. You can read and listen to some of her poems here.


This writing workshop is part of Peter Murphy's Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, held each January near Atlantic City, NJ. Peter started the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway in 1994 based on his belief that when writers leave behind distractions to gather in an encouraging community, they will make breakthroughs in their art.

Celebrating its 24th year, the Getaway has become one of the oldest and largest writer's conferences in the winter season, attracting more than 200 writers from across the country.

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