WORKSHOPS

The Millay Colony offers a range of workshops that feature stellar practicing professionals excited to share their wisdom, insight, experience, skills, tricks and tools; participants gain valuable insight and support through sharing their creative process and learning as part of a small and supportive cohort.

 

 

 

For 2020, due to COVID-19, onsite workshop have been cancelled.

Stay tuned for online offerings in Fall 2020!

IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A WORKSHOP YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEAD OR YOU HAVE OFFERED WORKSHOPS IN THE PAST ELSEWHERE AND WISH TO RENT STEEPLETOP/SPACE FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT, PLEASE CONTACT US FOR SPECIAL RATES

 

2019 WORKSHOPS

CREATIVE NONFICTION CRASH COURSE: A GENERATIVE WEEKEND

Chloe Caldwell
August 30th-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

COSTSFULL/NIGHTS — $550 includes tuition and all meals, including private bedroom and studio.    PARTIAL/DAYS ONLY — $400 includes tuition and lunch.

We accept personal checks, Paypal or online through our Network for Good site (see DONATE button on homepage).

CANCELLATIONS: 
Feel free to cancel up to 30 days to the start date for 100% refund; after that time period, we can refund 50% of cost.  If a workshop is cancelled by Millay Colony, we will of course return the full amount.

 

PHOTOGRAPHING SHAKER ARCHITECTURE

Benjamin Swett
September 5th-8th

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

COSTSFULL/NIGHTS — $550 includes tuition and all meals, including private bedroom and studio.    PARTIAL/DAYS ONLY — $400 includes tuition and lunch.

We accept personal checks, Paypal or online through our Network for Good site (see DONATE button on homepage).

CANCELLATIONS: 
Feel free to cancel up to 30 days to the start date for 100% refund; after that time period, we can refund 50% of cost.  If a workshop is cancelled by Millay Colony, we will of course return the full amount.

 

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