UPSTATE: Master Class Retreat Week featuring Carole Maso

Carole Maso

Master Class Retreat
September 1 to 8

Join us for a week of writing workshops, publishing seminars, and manuscript evaluations at our beautiful Berkshires campus.

Carole Maso will open this week-long intensive with a five-day deep-dive writing workshop.DEEP WRITING AND STORYTELLING:  What might writers learn from other art forms about how to create narrative shapes that are deeply personal, resonant, and surprising?  In this workshop we will engage with film and music during the evening hours, discuss storytelling strategies, and from what we have experienced with these other forms, do a series of pieces that will open our pages to new and exciting possibilities, ways of seeing, and expression. All genres are welcome!

We will also offer seminars, and outings including:

Editor-in-Chief of Literary Hub Jonny Diamond will offer a seminar on Revision and Reflection and what gets people talking about a writer’s new book.

Critic and essayist Naomi Huffman will teach a crash course on publishing with an independent press, what they’re looking for, and how to interact with their editors.

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 your writing career.

Want to come for one or all of the workshops but can’t do the whole week? Check out these day options for locals.

Logistics: Schedule, Fees etc.

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: $1,700 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.

To Sign Up: Email or snail mail us a brief work sample (not more than 10 pages, links to online work are fine) and send a $800 (non refundable) deposit. The remaining fee will be due one week prior to the Master Class. Please indicate if you require lodging and studio space for the Retreats. Send To:  Amina Henry at or The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. The deposit can be made via PayPal using our DONATE Button, or by check. Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts. 

For more information please get in touch with Amina Henry at 518-392-4144 or