New York State Summer Writers Institute

Saratoga Springs, New York, United States

Jul 1 - Jul 26, 2019


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.

Students may enroll for two weeks (July 1–12 or July 15–26) or for the entire four-week session (July 1–26). 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: Claire Messud, Rick Moody, Amy Hempel, Adam Haslett, Garth Greenwell, Joanna Scott, Adam Braver, Elizabeth Benedict, James Hannaham, Cristina Garcia, Dana Johnson, and Paul Harding

Non-Fiction: Phillip Lopate, James Miller


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 Writers Institute, established in 1984 by

award-winning novelist William Kennedy at the State University of

New York at Albany, announces its 33rd annual summer program at

Skidmore College. The Institute, directed by Robert Boyers, will be

held on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, New York from

July 1–26, 2019. The program is designed for college-aged students

and adults that have had previous workshop experience. Features


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

• Small classes with an extraordinary faculty of distinguished writers,

among them winners of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award

• Classes three days a week built around discussion of student works

• Public readings five days a week by world-renowned visiting writers

• Q & A sessions with visiting writers two days a week

• 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 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