MELISSA FEBOS WORKSHOP

UPSTATE: The Personal is Always Political with Melissa Febos

The Personal is Always Political 
May 26 to 30
with Melissa Febos 

What is the role of the personal writer in this new political landscape? It has always been the job of writers to engage in conversation with the world, but in times of national upheaval, this job is more urgent than ever. In this generative workshop, we will explore methods of bringing our personal stories more explicitly into a political context. A writer can discuss experiences of sex, addiction, violence, love, madness, the body, and all manner of internal phenomena and engage directly the larger public conversation. We will examine the personal essay as a place where experience, emotion, research, intellection, and argumentation can be combine through craft techniques and narrative structure. We will practice literary art as activism.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Granta, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Salon, New York Times, Guernica, Dissent, Poets & Writers, Lenny Letter, Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, Elle UK, Vogue, and elsewhere. Her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers and she has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, Anderson Cooper, and elsewhere. She is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, and has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Ragdale, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for ten years. She grew up on Cape Cod and has lived in Brooklyn for seventeen years.

Logistics: Schedule, Fees, How to Apply

Workshop Retreat Schedule: Each day begins with a fresh breakfast followed by a three- hour workshop at 10:00 AM. Total workshop time for the retreat will be twelve hours. The afternoon can be spent working in the studio, visiting local sites, swimming in a nearby lake or walking the mountain trails. Dinner is eaten overlooking our field and gorgeous meadows. Evening hours are devoted to worktime.

Fees: $850 includes tuition, private room, private studio and all meals. $550 includes tuition and meals only. $1,300 for two Workshop Retreats.Limited financial aid, based on need, is available. Millay Colony Alumni receive a 15% discount. Participants may purchase a thirty-minute Private Consultation with instructors for $150. Manuscripts (20 pages maximum) must be sent in advance.

To Apply: Send a letter of introduction including a brief biography with a $100 deposit. Also include a work sample (10 pages of writing — links to online work are also fine). Applicants will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Please indicate if you require lodging and studio space for the Retreats. 

Apply To: Send materials requested as attachments to Caroline Crumpacker at director@millaycolony.org. Pay deposit via PayPal using our DONATE Button. Or hard copy can go to The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts. 

For more information please get in touch with Caroline Crumpacker at 518-392-4144 or director@millaycolony.org.