The Millay Colony for the Arts offers a range of workshops — from our one-day programs in New York
City to our weeklong Master Class Retreat.
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.
Master Class Retreat Week with Carole Maso
Master Class Retreat
July 29 to August 5
Join us for a week of intensive work, rumination, and restoration. Carole Maso will open a weeklong sojourn with a creative workshop. Enjoy your private bedroom and studio, all meals, local field trips and more during this intense week of work and community. Daily meetings with writers, editors and agents allow you to dive deeply into all aspects of your creative practice.
NYC WEEKEND WORKSHOPS: The Sanctuary Series
Time Sculpting: A Workshop for Parent Artists
November 12, 10am to 1:30pm
with Kristin Prevallet
As parents who are also writers and artists, we know that children can be like time monsters who absorb our waking and sleeping thoughts. The time they occupy can be delightful, wonderful, and filled with creative play and newness; it can also create feelings of resentfulness, boredom, and self-incrimination (along the lines of, if I’m having these thoughts, I must be a bad parent).
But the good news about time is that even when it is in flux, uncontrollable, and filled with interruptions, you can still be an artist. In this workshop you will learn how to be radically present with your kid(s) because of the more measured way that you sculpt out time for yourself. Bring your sketchbook and writing notebook—we will practice different time management strategies and mental tricks that you can use to navigate your fluctuating emotional and practical anxieties around time.
Kristin Prevallet is a poet, performer, and educator who is also a mother. She is the author of five books of conceptual poetics including most recently, Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn (Belladonna Collaborative) and I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press.) She is a hypnotherapist who teaches creative mindbody healing workshops and works with private clients in Westchester, NY. (www.kayvallet.com) (www.mindbodystudies.com)
UPSTATE: WORKSHOP RETREATS
The Personal is Always Political
May 26 to 31
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.
Story of a Journey, Tale of a Stranger: Writing of Place PART TWO
September 1 to September 5
with Colleen Kinder
There are only two plots in all of literature, claimed the late John Gardner: the story of a journey, and of a stranger coming to town. Most travel literature is both: the story of a journey as well as a tale of a stranger, stepping into an alien land. This course focuses on travel writing or, more broadly, nonfiction with a strong element of place. Together, we will explore the tropes of he travel writing genre and the basic techniques by which writers of all stripes capture the essentia qualities of a place. We will also consider how voyages — broadly defined — lend writers a structure or a natural beginning middle and end. We will draw examples from the work of writers like Paul Theroux, Ryszard Kupuscinski, Jan Morris, Leslie Jamison, and Pico Iyer. Finally, as we workshop one another’s writing — whether it be memoir, poetry, journalism or essay, we will bear down on the setting of each writer’s work. Is the backdrop of the story simply a backdrop, or a vivid character in and of itself? The aim is to finish our five-day journey with a new artillery of techniques with which to render place with specificity, originality and force.
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 Atlantic.com, National Geographic Traveler, Salon.com, 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 between. The daily schedule will vary but include a Master Class, seminars with agents and editors, a field trip to hear a local concert and optional yoga classes and hikes. Fees: $1,600 includes food and lodging for the duration as well as all field trips and events. Private Consultation with their instructor for $150. Manuscripts (15 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 Scholarships, based on need, are available. Millay Colony Alumni receive a 20% discount. Participants may purchase a thirty-minute Private Consultation with their instructor for $150. Manuscripts (15 pages maximum) must be sent in advance.
Weekend Workshop 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: $150 for a weekend class, $250 for two Weekend Workshops. Limited Scholarships based on need are available. Millay Colony Alumni receive a 20% discount. All our Weekend Workshops and 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 email@example.com .