You’re all set to attend this year’s Viable Paradise workshop on October 15 – 20th, 2017. We’re looking forward to meeting you, and discussing craft, artistry, and science fiction and fantasy.
We’ll be in touch over the coming days and weeks to make sure everything’s organized, but in the meantime here are some next steps for you to take:
Within the next 48 hours, you should receive an emailed invitation to the Viable Paradise Slack Group. If you’re not familiar with it, Slack is a private chat service that will let you talk to your classmates using your computer, phone, or tablet. This group lets you meet VP alumni and your current classmates with a private #vp21 channel that’s just for your class.
Come join the conversation, and meet the rest of your classmates!
The workshop officially begins at 4pm on Sunday, October 15th, and ends around 5pm on Friday, October 20th. Some people choose to arrive on Saturday before the workshop, but there will be limited assistance from staff. Most people stay until Saturday morning, but it is not required to do so.
If you are coming by air, you will almost certainly be flying into Boston Logan. From there, you can take Cape Air directly to Martha’s Vineyard, or you can take the bus, then ferry.
Peter Pan runs a bus route from the airport to the Woods Hole ferry terminal. Tickets for the bus should be purchased in advance, however be aware that the fall schedule is usually either not available or is not final until sometime in September. The bus line delivers you right to the ferry terminal.
The ferry runs from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven. Tickets for the ferry can be purchased at the ferry terminal, and the bus schedule is designed to give you enough time to purchase a walk-on ticket before boarding. If you are planning to take a car to the Island, you will need to purchase ferry tickets in advance from the Steamship Authority.
Staff will help you get to and from the Martha’s Vineyard airport or Vineyard Haven ferry terminal if you arrive on Saturday or Sunday and depart on Friday or Saturday. Taxi service is also available.
Finally, you’ll need a place to sleep at the Island Inn. All workshop activities take place in Building G, and we recommend that students stay in one of the condos or townhouses in that building.
Unfortunately, the Island Inn’s online booking tools don’t let you specify which building you would like to be in. Therefore, we recommend that you call the Island Inn to book your room, and to take advantage of the group rate that we have negotiated for our students. You can call the Island Inn at: 1-800-462-0269 (if dialing internationally, +1 508-693-2002).
The Inn offers:
- Condo Suites: One-story units with a bedroom, a living-room, a kitchenette, and a bathroom. Depending on the particular room, there may be additional sleeping capacities (typically, twin beds in a low-partitioned space adjacent to the living-room, a convertible couch, etc.).
- Townhouse Suites: Two-story units with a master bedroom and half bath (or bath with shower) on the upper floor, and a bedroom, bathroom, living-room, and kitchen on the lower floor. These also vary, so some may not have full kitchens, upstairs showers, etc.
- There are also studio apartments at the Island Inn, but these are somewhat isolated from the rest of the workshop areas.
The workshop’s students come from all over the world, so you might not be familiar with Martha’s Vineyard or New England. To help plan for your trip, we’ve compiled a little bit of helpful information about Martha’s Vineyard here for you.
If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend that you read up on the Viable Paradise Experience. It’s a powerful, exciting, and often life-changing week for many of our students, and we’ve compiled some helpful resources for you: