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Publishing Workshop
A One Day Retreat for Poets and Writers

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - Filled
9:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Stockton University Kramer Hall, Hammonton, NJ

The 2017 program has finished. Sign up for our email list to be notified about future dates and our other writing retreats.

Do you want to publish your writing but struggle with a lack of know-how and fear of rejection? Join us for this hands-on workshop where we will guide you through the process from blank page to published piece. If you are an aspiring author you will learn how and where to submit your work. If you are experienced you will discover new markets and resources to expand your readership. Whether you are working on a novel, memoir, short stories, personal essays or poetry, you will go home with an action plan and the tools to carry it out.

"I loved how welcoming the retreat was. I truly felt among a community of writers rather than people promoting themselves. The workshop was encouraging and informative. I'm really looking forward to the next one."
   ~ Jenna, Lanoka Harbor, NJ

Space is limited.
     Our programs fill quickly.
          Register today so you're not disappointed!

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Join us for this hands-on workshop to deepen your understanding of the publishing process. It will take place in a computer lab where you will become acquainted with today’s premier submission resources. Then you will apply what you’ve learned through hands-on research and goal setting. This motivating day consists of two parts.

Part 1 - You will learn:

   ● How to prepare your manuscript
   ● What literary agents do and when you might need one
   ● Where to find the right market for the right piece
   ● How to easily navigate postal and electronic submissions

Part 2 - You will:

   ● Apply what you’ve learned through hands-on research and goal setting
   ● Explore the featured resources to identify ideal markets for your work
   ● Learn how to efficiently track your submissions
   ● Create an action plan to submit to the three best markets after the workshop

Whether you are working on a novel, memoir, short story, personal essay or poetry, you will go home inspired, with a personalized plan and the tools to carry it out.

Attendance is strictly limited.

"After writing assiduously and with dedication for over a decade, I am now ready to publish in a serious way. This workshop came at a perfect time and was tailored to my current writing needs. Serendipity!"
~ Rina, Highland Park, NJ

Schedule (Tentative)

  9:15 a.m. Arrive and sign in
  9:30 a.m. Welcome and Part 1 (Coffee break at 11:15)
  1:00 p.m. Lunch
  1:45 Part 2
  4:15 Closing
  4:30 Head Home


Peter E. Murphy writer headshotPeter E. Murphy has led hundreds of workshops for writers and teachers. He was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of seven books and chapbooks including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. His recent essays and poems appear in The Common, Diode, Gravel, Guernica, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Lindenwood Review, The New Welsh Reader, Rattle, Word Riot and elsewhere. He has received fellowships and awards for writing and teaching from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Peter is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which includes the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers. Enjoy a brief interview with Peter and read some of his work at


This workshop will take place at Kramer Hall, Stockton University's beautifully restored three-story former shoe factory. Centrally located in the Arts District of Downtown Hammonton, Kramer Hall is seconds away from shops, restaurants, The Eagle Theatre, the Hammonton Arts Center and the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton. Hammonton is in the heart of South Jersey–only 40 minutes from Philadelphia, 70 minutes from Princeton and under 2 hours from North Jersey and New York. See the Travel section below for the address, directions and parking info.

Frequently Asked Questions

I haven't published anything yet. Will I fit in?
Absolutely. This is the ideal workshop for you to get started! If you are an aspiring author you will learn how and where to submit your work. Peter's unique teaching will allow this supportive program to benefit both beginning and experienced writers. We pride ourselves on building an encouraging community of writers where all feel welcome.

I've already published a few pieces. Will I learn anything new?
Yes! Even if you have already published some of your writing, this workshop will help you discover new markets and resources to expand your readership. You will also be motivated to set new publishing goals and learn tips to more efficiently track your submissions.

"This was my first Murphy Writing workshop. It was worth my time, travel and money. I learned a lot!"
~ Greg, Hinesburg, VT


Tuition for March 4 — $150
Includes the workshop, a morning coffee break and a lunch of salad and sandwiches.

Take advantage and save:
    ● "re-PETER" Discount ($15 off) if you've attended any of our other programs
    ● Stockton Discount ($15 off) for students, alumni, faculty, adjuncts or staff

Wait List Information
The program is filled. To be added to the wait list, please complete our wait list form.

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The Fine Print
    ● Full fee due upon registration
    ● "re-PETER" Discount ($15 off) if you've attended any of our other programs
    ● Stockton Discount ($15 off) for students, alumni, faculty, adjuncts or staff
    ● Sorry, only one discount per person
    ● Change Fee ($25) will be charged to make changes to your registration after September 3

Cancellation Policy
    ● By February 18 — 50% credit toward one of our upcoming programs
    ● After February 18 — No refund

We are not currently offering scholarships for this program. Sign up for our email list to be notified about future scholarship opportunities.

Space is limited.
     Our programs fill quickly.
          Register today so you're not disappointed!

"This was an excellent way to spend a Saturday. I found many new markets for my work. I’m leaving this workshop motivated even though I already submit quite often."
~ Margaret, Hamilton, NJ

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Stockton University Kramer Hall
Computer Lab - Room 205
30 Front Street
Hammonton, NJ 08037

There is plenty of free parking at Kramer Hall including lots on both sides of the building as well free parking on Front Street. There are also two municipal lots a block away on the other side of the railroad tracks.

Public Transportation
From Philadelphia or Atlantic City to Hammonton: Take the NJ Transit Atlantic City Rail Line to the Hammonton Station. The station is a 5 minute walk from Kramer Hall.

Accommodations (Optional)
Unfortunately, we cannot recommend any hotels in Hammonton. Try Mount Laurel or Galloway which are both approximately a 30 minute drive.

Additional Meals (Optional)
This writing retreat provides meals as described above. There are numerous options within a 5 minute walk if you wish to eat dinner in Hammonton.

Note: If you are coming from out of town and prefer a Writing Getaway where we make the hotel and meal arrangements for you, consider one of our other upcoming writing retreats.

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Testimonials about our Writing Getaways & Retreats

“I needed this. I feel absolutely inspired and I can’t wait to attend again.”
   ~ Susan, Medford, NJ

“There’s a great energy in the room at this program. I appreciate the planning that goes into the day. The pacing is perfect--just enough time for each prompt. The prompts are creative and thought-provoking. These workshops are always so productive; I leave with so many ideas and pieces to expand upon!”
   ~ Jackie, Bridgeton, NJ

"Peter, magically, has the ability to sweep away doubts, excuses and the static in my head–until all that is left is the opportunity to write. Another great experience!"
   ~ Joe, Marmora, NJ

"Peter Murphy is an inspirational force of nature! He is wonderful at fostering a warm, inviting environment in which writing comes easily. The writing community is blessed to have his leadership and presence."
   ~ Shore Thing Writing Getaway Participant

"I loved this event. Peter offered great insight into the craft of writing in an honest, down-to-earth way. The reading selections were great examples and the prompts were perfectly challenging."
   ~ Farrah, Manahawkin, NJ

"I have a tendency to write with the emergency brake on, but your exercises provided me with some wonderful new tools for freeing my imagination. I really appreciate the amount of thought you put into the program."
   ~ Mary, Bala Cynwyd, PA

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Professional Development Credits

Participants will receive a professional development certificate of participation. Stockton University is recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education to provide Professional Development credit hours, which many other states are willing to accept. You may check with your employer to see if it will work for you.


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