The Millay Colony offers a range of workshops — from our one-day programs in New York City to multi-day retreats on our glorious Upstate New York campus — all with some of the sharpest writers, editors, publishers, and artists around.

More details on each of the workshops, including fees and how to sign up, at the links below. 


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 Upstate New York campus provides uninterrupted calm and inspiration.

THE ART OF DESCRIPTION with Colleen Kinder and Owen Murray
June 28 to July 2, 2018 

All authors are illustrators. They sketch vivid scenes, legible faces, contoured landscapes, and so much more in the reader’s minds-eye. How do we cultivate this ability: to animate the visual world distinctively and unforgettably in the imaginations of our readers? Co-taught by a writer and photographer/illustrator team Colleen Kinder and Owen Murray, this course will take students on a two-dimensional journey, equipping them to illustrate the visual world in radiant detail. Read More…

GO LONG: Sonnet Crowns, Poem Sequences, and Long Poems with Danez Smith
September 28 to October 1, 2018 

What happens to a poem when it explodes into many? What waits for us as writers half way through a long poem? Do we have the legs and stamina to make it to the end? What tactics can help up get there? “Go Long” is a generative workshop. Read More…

MASTER CLASS with Carole Maso, Naomi Huffman  & Melissa Ragsly
Dates September 1 to 8

Join us for a week of writing workshops, publishing seminars, and manuscript evaluations at our beautiful Berkshires campus. The weeklong class includes five days of intensive workshop with Carole Maso as well as seminar with Naomi Huffman. Read more…

The Sanctuary Series of One-Day Workshops

59This series of workshops is part of our newly formed Alliance Program. It brings together artists, people working in the healing arts and educators in collaborative sessions that ask participants to creatively imagine desired cultural and community outcomes as well as their role within those outcomes. Held in New York City, these are 2-3 hour workshops centered on writing or visual art-making.

Location: Workshops take place at The Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 E 11th Street, NY, NY 10003. 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q or L to Union Square/14th St. 

Saturday June 2, 1-4 pm
Author Diana Cage will teach “Bodies of Work”. In this one-day workshop, we’ll think, talk, and write about love, death, power, race, class, sex, illness, sleep, eating, stress, and many other experiences of the body.  Read More…

Saturday, September 15, 1-4 pm
Tanisha Christie will teach “Liberation Stories”. Liberation Stories is a creative-engagement workshop using storytelling and creative exercises that explores personal history, issues of social justice, race, class and civic discourse.  Read more…

Saturday, October 20, 1-4 pm
Playwright Kara Lee Corthron will teach “If It’s Mentionable, It’s Manageable – Building Creative Work and Language Around Issues of Identity and Politics in a Climate of Fear”. This workshop will be a chance for writers to address the fears they may be experiencing due to our disastrous political landscape. Read more…



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