Cape Cod, MA

Summer 2022 Retreat, August 6 – 12

The optional summer retreat offers students a chance to focus intensively on the development of their writing in a one-week writing workshop. The group meets in the mornings in plenary sessions with a focus on craft and technique, followed by small discussion groups where each participant is able to work intensively on her/his writing projects. Individual consultations with faculty members can also be arranged. Afternoons, evenings, and all day Wednesday are free for recreation, independent work, and collaboration with colleagues. Students have found that they have been able to accomplish substantial work in this relatively brief (six day) time frame. Participation in the retreat is open to incoming students.

Our writing instructor will be Deirdre Callanan:

Deirdre Callanan joined the New Directions’ faculty in 2006. Her roles have included co-leading writing groups as well as working with writers at both the summer and winter retreats. Water~Dreaming, poems about a fictional girl in 1930s Massachusetts, was awarded the 2018 Bass River Press Prize. In 2020, “FISH CAMP, North Jetty Tales” was published. Through essays, photos, interviews, and recipes, it explores the history of a streetcar brought to Casey Key, Florida in 1947 which still serves as a concession stand and gathering place for musicians, artists, fisherfolk, and characters of all persuasions. Deirdre moved to Cape Cod in 1981 where she teaches, writes, and harvests beach plums.

We will start with a welcoming reception the evening of Saturday. The actual working retreat begins on Sunday and ends on Friday evening with a final dinner and group reading. To get a sense of what it feels like to go to the Retreat, you can read about prior retreats here: Summer Retreat 2013 and Summer Retreat 2014.

The cost of the retreat will be determined this Spring. There will be an early bird registration period to be announced on the New Directions listserve. We have a policy of no cancellations/refunds after July 1, but if we are forced to cancel the retreat due to COVID or other unforeseen events, you will receive a full refund. Your slot is not reserved until you have paid the registration fee. Deirdre will also be available – schedule permitting – for individual consultation and editing sessions at a rate of $100 an hour.

July and August are high-season on the Cape and accommodations get booked up early.  We strongly recommend that you make housing reservations early, but ensure that the accommodation has a good cancellation policy. Here are some inns within walking distance: The Beach Breeze InnThe Commodore Inn, and The Tern Inn.

You can also look on Tripadvisor or Airbnb and search on West Harwich or Harwich to see more options, especially if you will have a car. Another option is to form groups and share a house; houses typically rent from Saturday to Saturday, also searchable on Tripadvisor as well as other websites, e.g., Vacation Cape Cod and Cape Cod Ocean View Realty   For those of you interested in finding others to share a house with, you can let us know and we will make a list of everyone’s contact information to circulate.

The closest airport to West Harwich is Hyannis, though Boston would obviously offer more flights/options.  Generally speaking, flights in/out of Boston are cheaper than Hyannis, and car rentals are cheaper in Hyannis than they are in Boston. Provincetown is another option. Please be aware that driving on- and off-Cape on Saturdays is a arduous undertaking. Try to arrange your travel to arrive at the bridges as early as possible, if you are not flying onto the Cape.

If you have any questions, and/or are interested in attending our Summer 2022 retreat, please contact Gail Boldt.