Advanced Poetry Writing with Stephen Dunn

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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.

How it works

  • There is a $100 surcharge for this session, which is limited to 10 participants. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to one intensive session with Stephen per person.
  • Please note: The session with Stephen is not a one-on-one tutorial, but a group workshop 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.


“A poem that I wrote at the Getaway a mere 2 weeks ago has just been accepted by Gargoyle, a Virginia journal. I only submitted it on Sunday and the editor, Richard Peabody, took it right away. I listened very carefully to Stephen Dunn’s suggestions during the workshop, and spent time working on the revision. I’ve had several other Getaway poems published, but this is the soonest after a Getaway! I can’t tell you how much this good news has uplifted my spirits!”
~ Shirley, Advanced Poetry Writing Participant, Baltimore, MD



Stephen Dunn
 is the author of 19 volumes of poetry including his latest chapbook, Keeper of Limits: The Mrs. Cavendish Poems, published in 2015, 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, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Poetry MagazinePoetry 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 Stockton University, but spends most of his time in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd. You can watch this video of Stephen giving a reading or read a few of his poems.


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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