WORKSHOPS

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.
nd pitch letter workshopped in class, and as a group we’ll help identify possible outlets for each piece.

Workshop 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 studio and social time.

CREATIVE NONFICTION CRASH COURSE: A GENERATIVE WEEKEND

Instructor: Chloe Caldwell
August 30-September 1st

There isn’t only one way to write creative nonfiction, personal essay, or memoir. In this three-day course we will explore the variety of structures this genre offers. Students will read and discuss contemporary and classic authors. Chloe will engage with students about their goals and specific writing needs, and will provide writing prompts and feedback. The weekend will leave you invigorated, with new and innovative tools for you to take home to your writing process, as well as the start of three or more pieces of writing.

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. www.chloecaldwell.com

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

CANCELLATION POLICY
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 residency@millaycolony.org, or 518 392-3103.

Fee can be paid via PayPal account is: director@millaycolony.org or through the Donate Now button on our website, www.millaycolony.org. Or send a check to: The Millay Colony for the Arts, PO BOX 3, Austerlitz, NY, 12017, Attention: Workshops.

Please let Calliope Nicholas know how you plan to pay the workshop fee.

PHOTOGRAPHING SHAKER ARCHITECTURE

Instructor: Benjamin Swett
September 5-8

The Millay Colony is a twenty-minute drive from two of the most important Shaker communities in America—Mount Lebanon and Hancock. The Shakers, who believed in pacifism, equality of the sexes, work as a form of worship, and celibacy, took unusual steps to harness the power of daylight in their buildings. To increase productive space while elevating inhabitants’ moods and minds, designers brought “God’s light” in through large exterior windows, skylights, light wells, interior windows, portholes, and reflective walls. Networks of doors, corridors, and stairways, laid out in a double pattern of men’s and women’s sides, allowed light in from many directions and let it move in idiosyncratic ways, creating an excitement and mystery of shifting beams, shadows, and pools. Join photographer Benjamin Swett in exploring Mount Lebanon and Hancock with a camera and discover some of the visual rewards of these extraordinary buildings.

Benjamin Swett is a writer and photographer based in Columbia County, NY and New York City. His books experimenting with photographs and text include Route 22 and New York City of Trees, which won the 2013 New York City Book Award for Photography. He is the author and photographer of a guidebook to the Hudson Valley and collaborated with the singer/songwriter Heather Woods Broderick to produce the collaborative book and CD, Home Winds. A writer and photographer for the New York City Parks Department for thirteen years, Swett founded the Parks in Print program, which produced books, brochures, maps, and guides for New York City’s underserved parks. He teaches photography at Wave Hill in the Bronx and writing at City College in Manhattan, and is the expedition photographer for the Notion Archaeological Project in Turkey. Recent essays on photography are forthcoming in Fiction Magazine and Salmagundi; his photographs are in private, corporate, and public collections including the Museum of the City of New York.

Workshop Schedule: Arrival day will begin late afternoon, with the following days beginning with breakfast followed by location visits for the photography workshop. Dinner is eaten overlooking our field and gorgeous meadows.

Fees: All Inclusive: $650 include tuition, private room & studio, and all meals
Day Participants: $500 includes day retreat & lunch.

CANCELLATION POLICY
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 residency@millaycolony.org, 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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