The Brandt House, Greenfield, Massachusetts | November 13-16, 2015
The Colrain Manuscript Classic conference is a select, highly focused, 3-day conference designed for the evaluation and discussion of book-length manuscripts by editors and publishers. The Classic is open to all poets with a full-length, in-progress manuscript or chapbook.
The conference 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.
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 Victorian homes with 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.
Plan to arrive on Friday, November 13, 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
Following successful application, the registration fee is $1,375.00 (for a single) or $1,225.00 for a shared double. This includes:
- Lodging for three nights
- 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, a short distance from the Brandt House. 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.