The Brandt House, Greenfield, Massachusetts | March 10–13, 2017
The Colrain Mauscript Intensive is a very small (maximum 8), select, highly focused, 3 and 1/2-day conference designed for the evaluation and discussion of book-length manuscripts by editors and publishers. The intensive is open only to those who have attended a previous Colrain conference and/or those whose manuscript is close to publication (semi-finalist, finalist or publisher feedback).
The intensive features in-depth pre-conference work and candid, realistic evaluation and feedback from decision-makers. In preparation, particpants will work on pre-conference assignments and then in the workshop to review, arrange, and winnow their collections based on the pre-conference work.. In addition to the manuscript preparation workshop and editor consultation, there will be editorial Q&A, and after-conference strategy session. The Intensive also includes a pre-conference manuscript reading and separate consultation with Joan Houlihan.
Located in the rural town of Greenfield in western Massachusetts, the Brandt House is a 16-room New England estate located on the crest of a hill in a quiet neighborhood of stately Victorian homes boasting views of the Berkshire Mountains and set amidst three and one-half acres of lawns surrounded by gardens.
This elegant manor has beautiful, original woodwork and personally selected furnishings and decor, spacious and sunny sitting areas, and fireplaces in the living room, library and many bedrooms. Meals are served in the light-filled dining room with dinner out on the town one night.
Please note that we will make all reservations and arrangements for conference participants. Directions and other details will be sent to all registrants along with the pre-conference materials.
Work with renowned poet-editor-educators Joan Houlihan and Martha Rhodes.
Joan Houlihan is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Ay (Tupelo Press). Her fifth, Shadow-feast, is forthcoming in 2018 from Four Way Books. Her poetry has been anthologized in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (University of Iowa Press) and The Book of Irish-American Poetry-Eighteenth Century to Present (University of Notre Dame Press). She is a contributing critic for the Contemporary Poetry Review, associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly, and author of a series of essays on contemporary American poetry archived online at bostoncomment.com. She has taught at Columbia University and Smith College and she currently teaches in the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program and Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Houlihan is founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.
Martha Rhodes is the director of Four Way Books, a literary press in New York City and author of five poetry collections: The Beds (Autumn House Press), Mother Quiet (Zoo Press, 2004), Perfect Disappearance (winner of The Green Rose Prize, New Issues, 2000), and At the Gate (Provincetown Arts, 1995). Her fifth, The Thin Wall, is forthcoming in February, 2017 from University of Pittsburgh Press. She has published widely in magazines and journals including Agni, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and TriQuarterly, and her work has appeared in such anthologies as Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, The New American Poets, Last Call, and many others. Martha has taught at Emerson College, New School University, UC at Irvine, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence and the Warren Wilson MFA Program. She is core faculty at the Colrain Conferences.
Plan to arrive on Friday, March 10, between 4 and 6 pm. Dinner is at 7 pm, after which introductions and preparation for the next day take place. The conference will begin at 9 am on Saturday and last till 11 am on Monday.
How to Apply
Before you apply, please visit our Conference Criteria page to make certain this conference is right for you. Once you understand the nature and goals of the conference, please submit an application.
Following successful application, the registration fee is $1,675.00. This includes:
- All conference fees, workshop tuition, and materials, including pre-conference work and a full manuscript reading by Joan Houlihan.
- Lodging for three nights. (Private room, most with private bath.)
- Breakfast, lunch snacks and beverages on all days, and two dinners* (contact us regarding any special needs).
*We will have one dinner out at a local restaurant.
The Brandt House is located on 29 Highland Avenue in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
The best place to arrive for flight transportation is Hartford’s Bradley International Airport. That airport is about an hour away. There is a shuttle service straight from the airport to the Brandt House. It is called Valley Transporter and is in Amherst, MA. (413) 253-1350. You must make arrangements directly with them for the pick up at either plane, train or bus station, and please do so several days in advance. Make sure and send us your ETA. And don’t forget to arrange for a return shuttle on the final day of the conference, preferably 2 PM or later. Trains arrive at Greenfield (stop is within walking distance of the Brandt). See the Amtrak web site for schedules and rates. If you don’t want to take a train, there are also buses directly to Greenfield from some places. See the Greyhound Bus website for details. NOTE: From NYC it takes about 5 hours by bus to Greenfield.