WORKSHOPS

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.

The Millay Colony offers the following 2019 workshops which include meals and ample time to work, ruminate and explore our lush natural surroundings. Private bedrooms and spacious private studios are available. 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.

WRITING FOR MAGAZINES: HOW TO PITCH AND PUBLISH YOUR WORK

Instructor: Melissa Faliveno
July 29–Aug 1

Writing for magazines can be a great way to jumpstart and sustain a writing career. From commercial, trade, and arts and culture publications to alternative weeklies and literary journals, print and digital magazines are always on the lookout for interesting new work from emerging writers. And whether you’re a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer, supplementing your creative practice by publishing essays, profiles, opinion pieces, excerpts, or reviews can be an effective way to not only get your name and work into the world, but to help publicize your books and other creative projects. In this course we’ll discuss how to identify the best publications for your work, how to compose a successful pitch, and the resources and opportunities available to freelance writers. Each student will have a magazine piece and pitch letter workshopped in class, and as a group we’ll help identify possible outlets for each piece.

Melissa Faliveno is an essayist, editor, and educator in New York City. Most recently the senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, she has also been a columnist and features writer for Isthmus, Madison, Wisconsin’s alternative weekly, and has worked as an editor for several book publishers and literary magazines. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, Midwestern Gothic, and Green Mountains Review, among others, and received a notable selection in Best American Essays 2016. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College, where she teaches classes in magazine writing, and has led panels and talks on writing and publishing throughout the country and abroad. Her debut essay collection, Tomboyland, is forthcoming in 2020 from Jill Soloway’s Topple Books.

Workshop Schedule: Each day begins with breakfast followed by workshop time. Afternoons can be spent writing in the studio or walking the mountain trails. Dinner is eaten overlooking our field and gorgeous meadows. Evening hours are devoted to open readings and social time.

Fees: All Includsive: $650 include tuition, private room & studio, and all meals
Day Participants: $600 includes day retreat & lunch.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Workshop cancellations will be accepted up to 30 days before the workshop start date with a 50% refund issued.

We are not able to offer refunds beyond the cut-off date.
In the unlikely event that a workshop is cancelled by The Millay Colony, full refunds will be issued.

To Sign Up: Contact Calliope Nicholas at residency@millaycolony.org, or 518 392-3103.
You can pay the deposit via PayPal on the home page of our website or send a check to: The Millay Colony for the Arts, PO BOX 3, Austerlitz, NY, 12017, Attention: Workshops.
Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts.

PHOTOGRAPHING SHAKER ARCHITECTURE

Instructor: Benjamin Swett
September 5-8

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.

Workshop Schedule: Arrival day will begin late afternoon, with the following days beginning with breakfast followed by location visits for the photography workshop. Dinner is eaten overlooking our field and gorgeous meadows.

Fees: All Inclusive: $750 include tuition, private room & studio, and all meals
Day Participants: $600 includes day retreat & lunch.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Workshop cancellations will be accepted up to 30 days before the workshop start date with a 50% refund issued.

We are not able to offer refunds beyond the cut-off date.
In the unlikely event that a workshop is cancelled by The Millay Colony, full refunds will be issued.

To Sign Up: Contact Calliope Nicholas at residency@millaycolony.org, or 518 392-3103.
You can pay the deposit via PayPal on the home page of our website or send a check to: The Millay Colony for the Arts, PO BOX 3, Austerlitz, NY, 12017, Attention: Workshops.
Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts.

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