We're experimenting this year! Our original camps were 4 days and 3 nights. Some people said that's the perfect amount of time (long enough to get some work done, but short enough to not make crazy arrangements for jobs and kids and pets), while others wanted just one more day of writing and relaxing before heading back into the real world. We couldn't decide which we liked better, so we're doing both.
Camp 1: Wednesday, June 21 - Sunday, June 25
5 days, 4 nights
Private room: $500
Shared room: $375
Camp 2: Thursday, August 3-Sunday, August 6
4 days, 3 nights
Private room: $425
Shared room: $275
Note: we won't pair strangers in the shared occupancy rooms, but we'd love for you to bring a friend and save some money! If you'd like to share a cabin, please include your roommate's name on your application.
What do you get for your fee?
Your choice of a private room, a shared room, or a space in the bunkhouse. (See our facilities and location page to learn more about each option.)
Meals and Drinks
All meals will be prepared by Godspeed Hostel and are included in the price. If you have any dietary considerations, just let us know - Bart and Lyn, our hosts, are excellent cooks and can accommodate just about anything.
Barrelhouse will pay for a welcome party (beer, wine, bourbon, soda, whatever) on the first night and we'll figure out any beer/wine/bourbon cost sharing after that.
Meet with an editor
Two one-hour sessions with an editor. You choose the topic, and we try to pair you with an editor in a similar genre. Please note: this is totally optional. If you'd rather take the extra time to write (or nap, or fish, or whatever), you won't hurt our feelings. :)
Something off-site every day. Hiking, canoeing, trips to the Penn State Creamery, or visiting State College.
What’s not included?
Travel. We can pick you up and drop you off at the State College airport, or the local train stations, but other than that, travel costs are your own.
Alcohol after the first night. Either bring your own or pitch in - ten or twenty bucks should take care of it for the remainder of camp.
Note: It’s rustic. The hostel is in the middle of Pennsylvania and pretty close to route 220, which isn’t a big road but is still a road. Even the private cabins don’t have bathrooms. The internet works best closer to the office. We’ll be in pretty close quarters. The hostel is new and really nice, but it's not a hotel and Port Matilda, PA is not Manhattan. If there's a little voice in your head whispering that this may not be for you after all, you should probably listen.