New York State Summer Writers Institute

Saratoga Springs, New York, United States

Jun 28 - Jul 25, 2020


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 is held from June 28 through July 25, 2020. Students may enroll for one week (poetry and fiction only), two weeks, or for the entire four-week session. 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 4:00 PM. 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, panel discussions, and student readings. The Institute sponsors public readings on Monday through Friday evenings by visiting and faculty writers followed by meet and greet receptions. An optional Manuscript Tutorial service is also available. A fiction writer-in-residence reads entire student novels or extensive works in progress - not collections of stories - and meets with students on a tutorial basis. Another distinguished writer-in-residence reads book-length poetry or non-fiction manuscripts and offers advice for revisions and eventual book submissions. An extraordinary staff of distinguished writers, among them winners of such major honors as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, will serve as Institute faculty members.


Featured Writers Include:

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

FICTION: Elizabeth Benedict, Adam Braver, James Hannaham, Dana Johnson, Garth Greenwell, Daniel Torday, Mary Gaitskill, Rick Moody, Paul Harding, Madeline Miller, and Amy Hampel.

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

The New York State Summer Writers Institute announces its 34th annual summer program featuring an extraordinary faculty of distinguished writers, among them winners of such major honors as the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. The Institute is designed for college-aged students and adults and is held on the serene Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, declared “One of the Best Places to Travel” by Travel & Leisure, 2019.

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.