Roethke House interior

Woodstock Mayapple
Writers' Retreat

July 31-August 5, 2012

Qualifications for attendance: Please provide the necessary information on the registration form:

  • listed in Poets & Writers Directory OR
  • member of Associated Writing Programs OR
  • teacher of creative writing at an accredited college or university OR
  • MFA or MA in creative writing OR
  • significant publications (see Signup Page)

2012 Schedule :

Tues, 7/31 Wed, 8/1 Thur, 8/2 Fri, 8/3 Sat, 8/4 Sun, 8/5
10 am-12:30


12:30-1:30 pm lunch lunch lunch lunch lunch
2:30-3:30 pm arrival & registration

writing time or public session

writing time or public session

writing time

writing time


departure Sunday afternoon

5:00-6:30 pm

6:30 pm -
picnic & informal gathering for participants & guests

dinner dinner dinner Festive Dinner
7 p.m.
Free Admission

Public reading in Woodstock or Saugerties

Public reading in Woodstock or Saugerties

Public reading in Woodstock

Public reading @
Chronogram Open Word, Kingston, NY


Afternoon presentations and evening readings will be advertised and open to the public. Readings will be held on campus and at off-campus venues in the Tri-Cities.

Extra Added Attractions:

  • Option to present on a topic of your choice or to lead a workshop for local writers and writing students
  • 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.

Costs & Pre-registration:

  • $450 including housing; commuters $250. This is less than past years, because the program is one day shorter.
  • Housing is in single private rooms in the Villetta Inn, a rustic resort building at Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, on Guardian Mountain overlooking Woodstock, NY. Private rooms, multiple (shared) baths, spacious common kitchen and public areas, beautiful country setting.
  • Costs include Tuesday evening picnic and one special Festive Meal (probably Friday). All other meals on your own -- area restaurants or cooking in the common kitchen. There may be a small charge for airport transportation.
  • If you need financial assistance to attend, please contact Judith Kerman.
  • Please send an indication of interest no later than May 1, 2012. Deposit is due by May 15, 2012: $100 for those requiring housing, $50 for commuters. The balance is due by July 1, 2012. Refunds (minus a $25 cancellation fee) available if requests are received in writing or by email by July 15, 2012. We can't hold a space for you until we have received your deposit. Thanks!
  • EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: $50 with housing, $25 commuter, if paid in full by May 15, 2012.
  • Checks should be made out to Mayapple Press and sent to Judith Kerman, 362 Chestnut Hill Road, Woodstock, NY 12498. Please write Woodstock Mayapple Writers' Retreat in the memo section of your check. To use Visa, Master Card or Discover, please call 845-684-5519.
  • Please let us know if you need any special accommodation when you send your check.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 further west.)