Note from the Director: Tony Hoagland was on our faculty in 2014. Our current faculty includes Stephen Dunn and Thomas Lux. Learn more about this year’s poetry workshops.


Advanced Poetry Writing with Tony Hoagland

Poetry workshop in New JerseyAdvanced Poetry with Dorianne Laux
January 17-20, 2014
Led by Special Guest Tony Hoagland
*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 Tony Hoagland during one of their three feedback sessions.

In Tony’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 Tony Hoagland
  • 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 Tony Hoagland)
  • Note: Tony’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



Tony Hoagland’s four collections of poems include What Narcissism Means to Me and Donkey Gospel. A book of essays on poetic craft and art, Real Sofistikashun, was also published by Graywolf Press. His work has won the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award in 2005, the Jackson Poetry Prize, the O.B. Hardisson Prize and The James Laughlin Award. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an NEA fellow in Poetry. He is a Professor of Writing and Literature at the University of Houston, and also teaches at the Warren Wilson low residency MFA. In 2012, he started Five Powers of Poetry, a program for coaching high school teachers in the teaching of poetry in the classroom. You can read or listen to some of his 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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