New York State Summer Writers Institute

Saratoga Springs, New York, United States

Jun 26 - Jul 23, 2022


TUITION / COST:Refer to Website for fee information.
See website for more details.

CONTACT: Christine Merrill
PHONE: 518-580-5593

Under the joint auspices of Skidmore College and the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, the summer program is held on the campus of Skidmore College and will feature creative writing workshops in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

The Institute offers courses for undergraduate credit, as well as non-credit. Standard three-hour class meetings are held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Each workshop is primarily built around discussion of student works. Poetry instructors also offer prompts for writing during the program. The program is supplemented by Q & A sessions with visiting writers on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Weekend programs include publishing symposia and panel discussions. Evening readings are held by world-renowned writers and students.


Featured Writers Include:

Poetry: Henri Cole, Rosanna Warren, Vijay Seshadri, Gregory Pardlo, Campbell McGrath, Peg Boyers.

Fiction: Joyce Carol Oates, Claire Messud, Amy Hempel, Rick Moody, Mary Gaitskill, Garth Greenwell, Calvin Baker, Adam Braver, Elizabeth Benedict.

Non-fiction: Phillip Lopate and Thomas Chatterton Williams.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


NY State Summer Writers Institute
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs
New York, United States

New York State Summer Writers Institute

Since 1987, The New York State Summer Writers Institute has been offering students the opportunity to learn from an extraordinary faculty of distinguished writers led by director Robert Boyers. The program is an offshoot of the New York State Writers Institute created by Albany native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy. The curriculum is designed for college-aged students and adults and is held on the serene Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Institute is known for:

• Creative writing workshops in poetry, fiction and non-fiction

• Small classes that workshop student writings

• Nightly public readings and afternoon Q & A sessions with world-renowned

visiting writers

• Weekend events, publishing symposia, panel discussions, student readings and social gatherings

• Private tutorial sessions for student fiction manuscripts, book-length poetry, or

non-fiction (available for an additional fee)

• Option to enroll for one-week (fiction & poetry only), two-week, or four-week sessions

• Undergraduate credit for students enrolled in the four-week Institute (optional)

• Option to live on campus in furnished, air-conditioned apartments

• Merit Scholarships for tuition

• All on the idyllic campus of Skidmore College, just minutes away from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the historic Saratoga Racecourse and Saratoga Battlefield. The Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Green Mountains are all within driving distance.