Murphy Writing of Stockton University Presents
Saturday, July 29, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.,
Led by Peter E. Murphy
Wait list available.
Are you eager to contribute to the political conversation? Take advantage of
our supportive atmosphere as a safe space to write a provocative personal essay
worthy of submitting to the Op-Ed editors of major publications. Whether you
lean left or right—or stand smack dab in the middle—this invigorating workshop
will help you transform your fiery arguments into an eloquent and persuasive,
Join us for a day of writing that responds to the tumultuous nature of our
current social and political ecosystem. A selection of readings will offer
examples of well-written personal essays. Peter’s writing prompts will
inspire you to explore the different ways you can present your point of
In the afternoon, you can spend more time writing and revising or share one
of your new drafts in a supportive feedback session. Peter will help you
sharpen your focus and turn your opinion into a publishable piece that will
evoke understanding and empathy within your readers. The day will end with
suggestions on how and where to submit your essay.
||Bring a work in progress or start something brand
||Open to prose writers and poets, even if personal
essay isn’t your usual genre.
||Participants will receive a selection of readings
approximately one week prior to the program. You will get more out
of the day if you read them before you arrive.
||Everyone will have time to "workshop" their piece!
Limited to just 12 participants. Register today
so you’re not disappointed.
"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
||Arrive and sign in
||Craft discussion + Assignment #1 writing time
||Assignment #2 writing time
||Submission suggestions + closing
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
"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
~ Joe, Marmora, NJ
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.
"This was my first Murphy Writing workshop. It was worth my time, travel
and money. I learned a lot!"
~ Greg, Hinesburg, VT
Tuition for July 29 — $150
Includes the workshop, a morning coffee break and a lunch of salad, sandwiches,
chips, soft drink and cookies.
Wait List Information
The program is filled. To be added to the
wait list, please complete our
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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 July 15
● By July 15 — 50% credit toward one of our upcoming
● After July 15 — No refund
We are not currently offering scholarships for this program. Sign up for our
email list to be notified about future scholarship opportunities.
“This was my first time attending and I truly grew. I loved the low-key,
relaxed nature and appreciated the thoughtful assignments. Thanks for the great
~ Christine, Philadelphia, PA
Stockton University Kramer Hall
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.
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.
Unfortunately, we cannot recommend any hotels in Hammonton. Try
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.
Q: I usually write poetry and fiction but this topic appeals to me.
Do I need previous experience writing personal essays?
No. If you are a writer, you already know how to put sentences together
to form ideas. This workshop will show you how to shape those ideas to
inform and influence others.
Q: I'm new to writing workshops. Will I fit in?
Absolutely! Peter's unique prompts 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.
Q: I've been to dozens of workshops. What will I get out of this one?
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.
full collection of
Writing Getaway photos.
needed this. I feel absolutely inspired and I can’t want 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
~ Jackie, Bridgeton, NJ
"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
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
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.
Call 609-626-3594 or email