Poetry Manuscript Workshop

Writing Workshop in New Jersey
January 15-18, 2016
Led by Lois Marie Harrod

Poetry Manuscript Workshop

In this intensive (but low-stress and friendly) workshop, we will learn how to move a batch of poems into a well-crafted book-length manuscript. Working as each other’s editors and collaborators, we will explore methods to order, group and title our poetry collections. We will consider what to include and what to exclude. We will discuss how and where to submit our “book” for publication. Be ready to submit 48-70 pages of poetry by Dec. 15 (or if registering after that date, submit within a week of registering). The workshop leader and participants will read each manuscript before the Getaway. There is a $150 surcharge for this workshop.

*Limited to just 5 participants.* This workshop is filled. View our full list of poetry workshops or sign up for the wait list.


“This conference is a gift. It permits a writer to take risks without concern for impressing or competing. It gave me the space to imagine and experiment. This is a community that is generous and encouraging while also being honest. A great relief.”
~ Amy, Poetry Workshop Participant



Lois Marie Harrod’s 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). Over 600 of her poems have been published online and in print journals from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. A Geraldine R. Dodge poet, former high school teacher and Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teacher, she now teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read her work on www.loismarieharrod.org.


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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