The Millay Colony offers a range of workshops — from our one-day programs in New York City to retreats on our glorious upstate campus.Tracie Morris Workshop at Millay

Retreats include all meals, and ample time to work, ruminate and explore our lush natural surroundings. Private bedrooms and spacious private studios are available for all participants. 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 campus provides uninterrupted calm and inspiration—the perfect retreat for creativity and relaxation.

UPSTATE: Master Class Retreat Week with Carole Maso

carole_masoMaster Class Retreat

July 29 to August 5

Join us for a week of intensive work, rumination, inspiration, and restoration!

Carole Maso will open a weeklong sojourn with a deep-dive writing workshop entitled Dream Box. Using the artist Joseph Cornell’s work as a model, workshoppers will create dream boxes of  fiction, essay or poetry using the resonant emblems form our world and lives, along with found objects, diaries, letters, or other ephemera, as a way to think about narrative. Those working in all genres are welcome.

Each day following, professionals including agents, publishers and writers will visit, offer seminars, workshops and manuscript review.

Editor-in-Chief of Literary Hub, Jonny Diamond will offer a seminar on Revision and Reflection!

Critic and essayist Naomi Huffman will teach a crash course on publishing with an independent press!

Sound artist Samita Sinha will lead a workshop on voice from a foundation of Indian music, considering the subtle and radical possibilities of tone and rhythm, inflection and embodiment.

This magical week includes a private bedroom and studio, all meals, wine-tastings, manuscript reviews options, local field trips, and an intense week of work and community. This retreat will change your summer, it will change your work, it will change everything!!

NYC: The Sanctuary Series of One-Day Workshops

59The Sanctuary Series at the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

Information coming soon on this new series of one-day workshops with artists and healers focusing building bridges, imaging positive social futures, building awareness and manifesting alternatives, all through the creative process.


UPSTATE: Workshop Retreats

mfebosThe 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.

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September 1 to September 5 
with Colleen Kinder

Place is where the “I” goes,” writes Dorothy Allison.”Place is what that “I” looks at, what it doesn’t look at.” Every writer, whether a memoirist, short-story writer, playwright, or journalist, must deal with the challenge of how to render sense of place with precision and force. But the word “precision” belies the importance of subjectivity–that is, how place refracts through the prism of one person, one sensibility, one moment in time even. This course will focus on creating strong and distinct atmosphere in any body of writing, through writing exercises that challenge students to imbue their stories with a highly particularized and nuanced sense of place, and turn the backdrop of the story into a character in and of itself. We will also examine works of fiction and nonfiction that are exceptionally atmospheric, and by workshopping student writing samples with a focus in how scene, landscape and regionality are rendered.

Colleen Kinder is a travel writer and photographer based in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, A Public Space, The, National Geographic Traveler,, Creative Nonfiction, and The New York Times Travel Section. Her essays have been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2013, Readings for Writers, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, 20-Something Essays by 20-something Writers and The Innocent Abroad. Colleen graduated from Yale College and received her MFA at the University of Iowa. She teaches essay and immerseive travel writing courses in France for Yale Summer Session and is currently working on launching Off Assignment, a non-profit organization and an online publication devoted to the “gritty stories behind glossy magazines.”

Application Process and Fees

Master Class Retreat Schedule: Each day begins with fresh coffee and breakfast. The daily schedule will vary but includes a Master Class in writing, seminars, a field trip or two, and optional outings and hikes. Fees: $1,600 includes food and lodging for the duration as well as all field trips and events. Private Consultation with instructors for $150 are also available. Manuscripts (20 pages maximum) must be sent in advance.

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.

Sanctuary Series Schedule: We will begin each four-hour class at 10:00 with coffee, tea and a lot of ideas about a lively, focused, smart writing and art practice. The day ends at 1:30 PM. Fees: $75 for a one workshop, $125 for two. Scholarships based on need are available. Millay Colony Alumni receive a 15% discount. All workshops will take place in Manhattan’s East Village.

To Apply: Send a letter of introduction indicating your choice of workshop or class and 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: The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. Make Checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts. You can also pay via PayPal using our DONATE Button.

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