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.


You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Writing From Life
Dates: March 29-31

In this three day workshop, a variety of writing prompts, video clips, and readings will spark a discussion about how to create strong narrative writing out of real life experiences. Students will receive manuscript critique and feedback on their prompts in real time. We will share fears around writing about loved ones and leave the weekend energized with tools and skills for going forward in your writing. For any level of memoir and personal essay writers.

Chloe Caldwell is the author of the novella Women and the essay collections I’ll Tell You in Person and Legs Get Led Astray. Her nonfiction has been published in Nylon, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, Vice, Salon, and many anthologies. A Spencertown native, she currently lives in Hudson New York and teaches creative nonfiction at Catapult in New York City.

Workshop Retreat Schedule: Each day begins with breakfast followed by the workshop at 10:00 AM. Afternoons can be spent working in the studio or walking the mountain trails. Dinner is eaten overlooking our field and gorgeous meadows. Evening hours are devoted to worktime.

Fees: $550 includes tuition, private room, private studio and all meals. We also offer day participant status for $400 which includes workshop and 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.

We would like to collect information during your site visit to help us better understand site use. This data is anonymized, and will not be used for marketing purposes. Read More on our Privacy Policy page. You can withdraw permission at any time or update your privacy settings here. Please choose below to continue.