Friday, February 15:

*Due to staggered arrivals, Friday times are tentative.

  • 3-5: Check in (3:20/4:20 Hudson train arrivals)

  • 6: Welcome wine cheese mingle--meet workshop leaders.

  • 7: Catered dinner.

  • 8-on: Writing time in private studios / or explore Hudson’s nightlife.


Saturday, February 16:

  • Info about yoga/pilates partner classes.

  • 7-9: Continental Breakfast.

  • 10-12:30: Workshop #1. Melissa and Suleika lead a study in the craft of short, autobiographically inspired narratives that includes close readings of master texts, brief lectures, and generative exercises. Over the weekend, you’ll be ushered through a complete draft and have the option of submitting your work for group feedback.

  • 1-2: Catered lunch.

  • 2-6: Writing time in private studios

  • ELECTIVE: 30 minute one-on-one manuscript consults with Melissa and Suleika. *Enrolled students will receive an email about this option.

  • 6: Dinner out (collection of menus and helpful tips will be shared).

  • 8: Reading with Melissa and Suleika. Open to public.

  • 9-on: Writing time in private studios (Quiet Hours).

Sunday, February 17:


  • Info about yoga/pilates partner classes.

  • 7-9: Continental Breakfast.

  • 10-12:30: Workshop # 2. Melissa and Suleika will lead a study in the craft of short, autobiographically inspired narratives that includes close readings of master texts, brief lectures, and generative exercises. Over the weekend, you will be guided through your own complete draft and have the option of submitting your work for group feedback.

  • 1-2: Catered lunch.

  • 2-3:45: Writing time in private studios.

  • 4-5:30: “The Writing Life: A Conversation and Q&A.” Melissa & Suleika discuss their literary paths; the process, pitfalls, and rewards of book and freelance writing; and answer your questions about craft techniques, the business of writing, and how to put your creative practice at the center of your life.

  • 6: Dinner out (collection of menus and tips will be shared).

  • 7:30/8: Student reading. Closed to public with the exception of student guests and workshop facilitators.

  • 9-on: Writing time in private studios (Quiet Hours).

Monday, February 18:


Monday, February 18:

  • Info about yoga/pilates partner classes.

  • 7-9: Continental Breakfast.

  • ELECTIVE: 30 minute one-on-one manuscript consults with Melissa and Suleika. *Enrolled students will receive an email about this option.

  • 9-12: Writing time in private studios.

  • 12-1:30: Lunch & Learn with renowned literary editors Sari Botton of Longreads, and Rebecca Wolff, of Fence. Rebecca and Sari will share insider tips on submitting to literary journals and magazine and answer your questions about navigating the literary landscape.

  • 3: Check out.

  • Attendees will have the option of extending their trip by one night for more solo writing time.