The Millay Colony offers a range of workshops — from our one-day programs in New York City to multi-day retreats on our glorious Upstate New York campus — all with some of the sharpest writers, editors, publishers, and artists around.

The Millay Colony offers the following 2019 workshops which include meals and ample time to work, ruminate and explore our lush natural surroundings. Private bedrooms and spacious private studios are available. Participants delve into their work, explore new ideas, meet extraordinary teaching artists and collaborate with others while spending intense work-time on our gorgeous campus. Fragrant with blueberries, thyme, and wildflowers, the quiet loveliness of our upstate New York campus provides uninterrupted calm and inspiration.


Instructor: Melissa Faliveno
July 29–Aug 1

Writing for magazines can be a great way to jumpstart and sustain a writing career. From commercial, trade, and arts and culture publications to alternative weeklies and literary journals, print and digital magazines are always on the lookout for interesting new work from emerging writers. And whether you’re a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer, supplementing your creative practice by publishing essays, profiles, opinion pieces, excerpts, or reviews can be an effective way to not only get your name and work into the world, but to help publicize your books and other creative projects. In this course we’ll discuss how to identify the best publications for your work, how to compose a successful pitch, and the resources and opportunities available to freelance writers. Each student will have a magazine piece and pitch letter workshopped in class, and as a group we’ll help identify possible outlets for each piece.

Melissa Faliveno is an essayist, editor, and educator in New York City. Most recently the senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, she has also been a columnist and features writer for Isthmus, Madison, Wisconsin’s alternative weekly, and has worked as an editor for several book publishers and literary magazines. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, Midwestern Gothic, and Green Mountains Review, among others, and received a notable selection in Best American Essays 2016. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College, where she teaches classes in magazine writing, and has led panels and talks on writing and publishing throughout the country and abroad. Her debut essay collection, Tomboyland, is forthcoming in 2020 from Jill Soloway’s Topple Books.

Retreat Schedule: Each day begins with breakfast followed by workshop time. Afternoons can be spent writing in the studio or walking the mountain trails. Dinner is eaten overlooking our field and gorgeous meadows. Evening hours are devoted to open readings, meditation sessions and social time.

Fees: All Includsive: $750 include tuition, private room & studio, and all meals
Day Participants: $600 includes day retreat & lunch.

Workshop cancellations will be accepted up to 30 days before the workshop start date with a 50% refund issued.

We are not able to offer refunds beyond the cut-off date.
In the unlikely event that a workshop is cancelled by The Millay Colony, full refunds will be issued.

To Sign Up: Contact Calliope Nicholas at, or 518 392-3103.
You can pay the deposit via PayPal on the home page of our website or send a check to: The Millay Colony for the Arts, PO BOX 3, Austerlitz, NY, 12017, Attention: Workshops.
Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts.

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