Writers’ Retreat Details

Woodstock Mayapple Writers' Retreat 2020 - Dates announced


The 2020 Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat takes place Wednesday July 22nd to Tuesday July 28th, 2020

Tired of the “star system” at writers’ workshops? Looking for a place offering time to write as well as fellowship and critique from other professionals? The Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat (http://mayapplepress.com/woodstock-mayapple-writers-retreat/) may be for you!

Designed for the “mid-career” literary writer, the retreat took place at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan from 2003 to 2011. In 2012, retaining the original format, we moved to the historic Byrdcliffe Guild on Mt. Guardian overlooking Woodstock, NY. Byrdcliffe, a historic arts colony in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, has hosted such writers as Charlotte Perkins Gillman, John Burroughs, Will Durant, Thomas Mann, Wallace Stevens, as well as artists, musicians, actors and journalists.

Recharge your batteries, pick up new ideas and techniques, make friends and influence people, write and work with a discerning group of peers at Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat, a professional-level writers’ retreat and peer workshop with a comfortable, egalitarian atmosphere at a modest cost. Join us for our 16th year!!

Very small groups, lots of writing time. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry manuscript groups, depending on who signs up. We do not use “teachers,” but participants are capable peer critics.Limited to 18 participants.

Residential and non-residential options available. Air conditioned bedrooms available. Cook for yourself or go to one of the many local eateries.

NOTE: If the Retreat has to be cancelled because of COVID19 precautions, FULL refunds will be issued.

EXAMPLE SCHEDULE

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9:00am - 12:30pm9:30 Briefing for residents from house staff
10:00 Workshop
10:00 am Workshop10:00am Workshop10:00am Workshop10:00am WorkshopPrepare to depart
12:30 - 1:30pmLunch on your own (kitchen available to all)Lunch on your own (kitchen available to all)Lunch on your own (kitchen available to all)LunchLunch on your own (kitchen available to all)Lunch on your own (kitchen available to all)Departure at noon.
1:30 - 5:00pmWriting time, sightseeing, or continued workshoppingWriting time, sightseeing, or continued workshoppingWriting time, sightseeing, or continued workshoppingWriting time, sightseeing, or continued workshoppingWriting time, sightseeing, or continued workshopping
5:00 pm - Onwards5:00 Check In at Villetta
6:00 Catered buffet for all participants at Villetta Inn
6pm Dinner and
Public Reading
6 pm: Dinner
7pm: Reading
Dinner: TBA - Before or after our reading Dinner: Potluck or pizza before our Public Reading Dinner at liberty

Bring your books to sell. If you are a publisher, let us know, and we’ll set up a table for your press at the readings. If enough participants are interested, we can do a small book fair.

Before, after or during the workshop, take advantage of the beautiful Catskills/Hudson Valley region.

  • Charming downtown Woodstock is about 1 mile from Byrdcliffe – lots to see and do, including Woodstock’s own movie theatre, restaurants, musical performances, galleries and museums. Historic Kingston and Saugerties are nearby, and many other interesting small towns.
  • Hiking, sightseeing
  • Numerous concerts of all genres, theatrical performances, art galleries within half-hour drive
  • New York City is less than 3 hours away by public transportation
  • (No, the concert did not happen here – it took place in Bethel, about 1 hour southwest.)

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