Advanced Poetry Writing with Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn Poetry Workshop

Poetry workshop in New Jersey
January 15-18, 2016
Led by Special Guest Stephen Dunn

*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 Stephen Dunn during one of their three feedback sessions.

In Stephen’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. He will help you identify your poem’s virtues and offer suggestions to strengthen its weaknesses. Since you already know the basics, he 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 Stephen Dunn
  • 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 Thomas Lux)
  • Note: Stephen’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



Stephen Dunn’s is the author of nineteen volumes of poetry including his latest chapbook, Keeper of Limits: The Mrs. Cavendish Poems, just published by Sarabande. His previous books include Different Hours, which was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Lines of Defense (2014), and Here and Now (2011), all from W.W. Norton. Stephen has received awards and fellowships from American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Magazine, NJ State Council on the Arts, Poetry Northwest, Mid-American Review and many others. A new and expanded edition of his book of essays, Walking Light, was published in 2001. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, but spends most of his time in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd. You can hear him read some of his poems here or read them 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 23rd 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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