Info for the Incoming Class

Congratulations, and welcome to the class of Viable Paradise 21!

Workshop Dates: Sunday, October 15, 2017 – Friday, October 20, 2017

  • RSVP by end of day on Saturday, July 15th. Your acceptance email contains your link.
  • When invited via email, join the ViableParadise Slack Group. After you join, you will also be given an invitation to the private #vp21 channel just for you and your classmates.
  • Be sure to make hotel reservations by July 31st to take advantage of the workshop’s group discount.
  • Your tuition payment of $1,300.00 is due by August 15th. If you have not yet paid it, please due so promptly at the link provided.
  • You will be receiving a student survey to collect important health and safety information. Please return it promptly.
  • You will be receiving a student handbook with more details on travel, the workshop, what to bring, etc.

Travel Information

The workshop officially begins at 4pm on Sunday, and ends around 5pm on Friday. 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 Sunday and depart on Friday or Saturday. Staff may be available to provide rides and grocery expeditions on the Saturday before the workshop; taxi service is also available.


Students are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements at the Island Inn, including sharing suites. The phone number for the Island Inn is 1-800-462-0269 (internationally, +1 508-693-2002).

Please be sure to make your reservation by telephone to take advantage of our special rates, and to request Building G, where the workshop takes place, and the instructors, your classmates, and staff will all be staying. When making your reservation, please mention that you will be a student at the Viable Paradise Writers’ Workshop to get our special rates. If there are any problems let us know; we can help work things out.

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.

If you are interested in making arrangements to share a room, we recommend using the #vp21 private channel on the ViableParadise Slack Group to coordinate with your classmates.


Viable Paradise hopes to provide a workshop that is comfortable for all of our students, faculty, and staff. For those with accessibility concerns, the Island Inn (the workshop’s venue) may pose some particular challenges:

The facility has three floors, with classes and workshop activity typically happening on two of the three (residences being on the middle floor). The bottom floor – where group lectures and discussions are held – is accessible via outdoor stairs and an outdoor (paved/concrete) ramp. The other two floors – where students reside, the faculty, staff and students socialize, and where personal and small-group instruction occurs are only accessible via partially-covered outdoor staircases. In inclement weather, all staircases and walkways may prove slippery and caution is advised.

The hotel rooms themselves vary in their configuration. The two-floor townhouses by definition will feature an internal spiral staircase. Many other rooms – including some (but not all) of the single-floor condos – have one or two steps inside, leading from the hallway to the main living area.

While the hotel’s interior and immediate surroundings (balcony, patios, etc.) are well-lit, the grounds (lawns, driveway, etc.) are not. As a result, visibility at night will be limited.

If you would like to discuss accessibility, please reach out to the Viable Paradise staff via email ( We’ll be happy to discuss how things work, and are committed to solving the accessibility challenges of this particular venue when at all possible.

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