Workshop Retreats and Weekend Workshops


The Millay Colony for the Arts offers four-day Workshop Retreats in writing, art and music on Colony's sylvan campus. Each Retreat includes twelve hours of workshop time, 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.

We also offer a program of Weekend Workshops and Professional Development Classes in New York City. Weekend Workshops are two-day/eight-hour workshops offering intensive sessions with some of the most exciting teaching artists around. Professional Development Classes take place over four hours on a Saturday and seek to address some of the career challenges and questions facing artists now.




Time Sculpting: A Workshop for Parent Artists
September 26
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-incrimiation (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. ( (


A Master Class in Overcoming Writer's Block
Or Goodbye Writer's Block, Part II

October 17 and 18
with Kara Lee Corthron

In this two-day intensive, writers of all genres are invited to come and try some wild writing exercises, get tips for when the inspiration well runs dry, and most of all to write, write, and WRITE some more. Have a project that you haven't been able to finish? Overwhelmed by deadlines? Or just plain stuck? Join us for two days of sucker-punching anything that blocks your muse in the gut!

Kara Lee Corthron's plays include JULIUS BY DESIGN (Fulcrum), ETCHED IN SKIN ON A SUNLIT NIGHT (InterAct), ALICEGRACEANON (New Georges), HOLLY DOWN IN HEAVEN (Forum Theatre, DC), LISTEN FOR THE LIGHT, and WELCOME TO FEAR CITY. She's the 2014-2015 Naked Angels Issues Project Resident Playwright. Awards include the Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant, 2012-2014 Women's Project Lab Time Warner Fellowship, Vineyard's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Princess Grace Award, Helen Merrill Award, three MacDowell fellowships, residencies at Skriðuklaustur (Iceland), Djerassi, Hawthornden (Scotland), and the Millay Colony. Development: Ars Nova, Berkeley Rep, CenterStage (Baltimore), E.S.T., Haulbowline Theatre Group (Ireland), New Dramatists, New Georges, Orchard Project, P73, PlayPenn, Seven Devils (Guest Artist, 2012), South Coast Rep, the Vineyard, and the Women's Project. TV: KINGS (NBC-Universal, 2008-2009). Kara is also the author of the young adult novel, THE DISTANCE FROM ME TO YOU, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, 2016. Juilliard alumna.



Carnal Knowledge
with Melissa Febos
June 26 to 29

Desire drives any story worth telling. One of the most difficult forms of desire to represent in writing in a way that is neiter reductive nor sterotypical is sexual desire. As William Gass said, "Anyone who attempts to render sexual experience directly must face the fact that the writings which comprise it are ludicrous without their subjective content." That is, writing about sex and sexuality is an exploration of our humanity. To write about sex with clarity and accuracy is to engage topics of identity, the body, gender, family, politics, and, yes, the nature of love and longing. In this retreat, we will write and develop creative nonfiction that tackles life's most fundamental and challenging subject in all its complexity, humor, eroticism, violence, pathology, vulnerability, awkwardness, and grace.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin's Press, 2010). Her work has been published in venues including Glamour, Kenyon Review, Post Road, Portland Review Prarie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, Salon, Dissent, The Brooklyn Rail, New York Times, Bitch Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, The Rumpus, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. She has been featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Anderson Cooper Live, CNN, and The Atlantic, among many other places.The winner of essay prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and the Center for Women Writers, she is the recipient of a 2012 Bread Loaf Nonfiction Fellowship, a 2013 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Artist Grant, a 2014 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship, a 2015 Vermont Studio Center fellowship, a 2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Center "Process Space" fellowship on Governor's Island, and several MacDowell Colony fellowships.For eight years, she has co-curated and hosted the Mixer Reading and Music Series in Manhattan, and she is the recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. A member of the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Melissa is currently Assistant Professor and Acting Director of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod, and lives in Brooklyn.


Mind and Body: Doing the Splits
with Ronaldo Wilson
August 27 to September 1

This workshop will consider the classic Cartesian Divide as a source not of corporeal crisis, for those of us who find our bodies shaking our minds, or our minds breathing sense into our bodies, but as a call to artistic action. Exercises will include dance and writing/ writing and shooting (video and film of course!)/ writing and dreaming. We will use our bodies (stretching, dancing, walking, sprinting) and minds (dreaming, contemplating, figuring) to make texts that flow between these activities—within the split as opposed to against it. To inspire our work, we will engage with several writers and artists who use and reuse the body as a site of inquiry, a playground, a field of fun, torquing trauma: dabbling in René Descartes, digging with Jill Maji, playing with Pope.L, galavanting with Kalup Linzy, dreaming with Cecilia Vicuña, cavorting with CA Conrad. Ultimately, we will work out to engage with the complicated forces of our bodies and minds to generate new work in the form of hybrid poetries, lyric essays, radical drawings, filmic traces, and on and on.

Ronaldo Wilson is the author of the collections Poems of the Black Object (2009), which won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award, and Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (2008). His poetry has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, and he has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Kundiman, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, the Anderson Center for the Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

With poets Dawn Lundy Martin and Duriel E. Harris, Wilson cofounded the performance-based Black Took Collective. In January 2015, Wilson was a featured writer for Harriet.



Workshop Retreat & Weekend Workshop Details

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 served overlooking our gorgeous meadows. Evening hours are devoted to worktime.

Retreat Fees: $650 includes tuition, private room, private studio and all meals. $400 includes tuition and meals only. $1,100 for two Workshop Retreats, $1,500 for all three.

Participants may purchase a thirty-minute Private Consultation with their instructor for $150. Manuscripts (15 pages maximum) must be sent in advance; portfolios can be but this is not required.
Limited Scholarships, based on need, are available.
Millay Colony Alumni receive a 25% discount.

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. Total workhop time is eight hours. The day ends at 3:00 PM (includes a lunch break).

Weekend Fees: $250 for a weekend class, $450 for two Weekend Workshops, $650 for three Weekend Workshops.

Limited Scholarships, based on need, are available.
Millay Colony Alumni receive a 25% discount.

Professional Development Class Schedule: Each class takes place over four hours on a Saturday. Class begins at 10:00 and we provide coffee, tea and brilliance. The day ends at 2:30 PM (including a lunch break).

PD Class Fees: $100 for a class, $150 for two, $200 for three.

Limited Scholarships, based on need, are available.
Millay Colony Alumni receive a 25% discount.

All our Weekend Workshops and Professional Development Classes 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 for Retreats and $50 for Weekend Workshops and PD Classes. Also include a work sample (10 pages of writing, 10 images on CD or a brief video clip -- links to online work are also fine) for the workshops. 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 .