The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway is a three-day conference where educators hone their creative writing skills and expand their teaching strategies. Held at the Seaview Hotel near Atlantic City, Jan. 17-20, the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway is presented by Murphy Writing of Stockton University.

Now in its 26th year, the Getaway is known for its challenging and supportive workshops featuring small classes led by award-winning professionals. Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa and National Endowment for the Arts fellow Denise Duhamel are this year’s special guests.

The event was founded by NJEA/NJREA member Peter Murphy in the belief that when writers leave behind the distractions of their busy lives to gather in an encouraging community, they can make important breakthroughs in their art. Over the last two decades, the Getaway has become one of the oldest and largest writers’ conferences in the winter season, attracting more than 200 writers from across the country.

The author of seven books and chapbooks, Murphy has received awards and fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

The Getaway is offering seven new workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir and free-writing. Each offers craft discussion, writing prompts, writing time, feedback, motivation and inspiration.

The registration fee ranges from $450 to $525. South Jersey teachers may be eligible to have their districts pay their tuition for the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway. Early registration and Stockton alumni discounts are available. Additionally, scholarships are being offered.

Registration ends Jan. 12.

For more information, contact Stephanie Cawley at or 609-626-3594. Visit for registration information.

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