Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
Poetry workshops in New Jersey
January 12-15, 2018
Multiple sections led by Special Guests Stephen Dunn and Gregory Pardlo; facilitator Peter E. Murphy; and Renée Ashley, Barbara Daniels, Catherine Doty, Luray Gross, J.C. Todd and BJ Ward
This workshop is for those who have a solid background in writing poetry and experience in poetry workshops. Using a mix of craft discussion, writing exercises and feedback, you will hone your craft and jumpstart your writing for the new year. How it works…
*Limited to just 10 participants per section.*
“Attending this year really reaffirmed my belief: for me, participating in the Getaway is not solely about honing craft, but also about obtaining the literary stimulation my brain demands. The Getaway is the warmest and most ideal environment to re-establish and rework the creative connections in my brain. The readings are stirring and insightful and the workshops are full of amazing discussion of craft mechanics. I leave feeling balanced, satiated and whole every time!”
~ Jin, Advanced Poetry Writing Participant, Jackson, NJ
There are four main components to this poetry workshop:
1. Round-table discussion of a carefully chosen selection of poems: We start every writing session by reading and discussing a packet of poems. Seeing what other poets have done will inspire you to write in ways that are fresh and independent from your usual routine.
2. Prompt and writing time: You will receive an imaginative assignment and have time to write.
3. Supportive group feedback session: You will share your new poem and receive helpful feedback. Our talented faculty will help you identify your poem’s virtues and offer suggestions to strengthen its weaknesses. Since you already know the basics, they will encourage you to push your boundaries by taking imaginative and linguistic risks so you can make breakthroughs in your poetry.
You will work with three different feedback session leaders during the weekend. Each has a unique and encouraging style, which will nurture your poetry in different ways. You will be able to list your faculty preferences for your feedback sessions, if any, during the registration process. See our option to work with Stephen Dunn and Gregory Pardlo for one of your three group feedback sessions.
4. One-on-one Tutorial: This optional twenty minute session will give personal attention to a poem you wrote prior to the workshop. Your tutor will offer suggestions for revising your poem into a more mature literary work. You will be able to apply what you learn here to strengthen your other poems. Your tuition includes one of these tutorials. If you would like to add-on an additional tutorial, you may do so when you register.
You will leave this three-day workshop with at least three new poems, feeling energized and excited to continue writing.
Experienced poets are invited to work with one of our Special Guests, Stephen Dunn or Gregory Pardlo, during one of their three group feedback sessions. There is a $100 surcharge for each of these sessions, which are limited to 10 participants each. Your remaining sessions will be with other members of our talented faculty.
Note to Dunn and Pardlo participants
- If you opt to work with Stephen Dunn or Gregory Pardlo, you will have the option to workshop the day’s assignment or bring a poem in progress (30 line maximum). Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to one intensive session per Special Guest. There is a $100 surcharge for each of these add-ons which are limited to 10 participants per session.
- Please note: The sessions with Stephen and Gregory 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.
“The Getaway provided a welcoming community of incredibly talented writers, both as peers and as faculty. Peter proved a wonderful and warm host the entire weekend. I learned a great deal about my poems, my writing process and myself as a person while I was there.”
~ Shevaun, Advanced Poetry Writing Participant, Philadelphia, PA
Frequently Asked Question
Q: I’ve been to dozens of workshops. What will I get out of this one?
A: Peter challenges experienced writers to push beyond their usual limits. If you have been writing for decades, he will compel you to go deeper, take more risks and experiment with form and content. We know that experienced writers benefit from our programs based on the fact that hundreds of “re-PETERs” have attended three or more of our writing getaways. Try one of Peter’s prompts from Challenges for the Delusional.
See our poetry faculty page for bios.
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