UPSTATE: Master Class Retreat Week featuring Carole Maso

Carole Maso

Master Class Retreat
July 29 to August 5

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 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 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.

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 your writing career. Check our blog for the latest information on the week!

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, How to Apply

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.

To Apply: Email or snail mail us a brief work sample (not more than 10 pages, links to online work are fine) and send a $100 deposit. Please indicate if you require lodging and studio space for the Retreats. Apply To: Caroline Crumpacker 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 Caroline Crumpacker at 518-392-4144 or