In 1931, The New School pioneered a new curriculum, the writer's workshop. Since then, The New School has been a leading forum for writers and the teaching of creative writing. We offer courses on campus and online in academic writing, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, writing for children, and specialty subjects like dramatic writing and magazine writing.
Every year, hundreds of adult students at all levels of experience enroll in our courses. Many of them go on to publish and/or enter a graduate writing program, including our own prestigious MFA program here at The New School. The roster of distinguished writers who have studied at The New School is a veritable who's who of American literature. It includes figures of the stature of James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, and Mario Puzzo. Many of our recent students are no less impressive. You can read about their accomplishments on the School of Writing blog.
In workshops, our practitioner-teachers—all published authors—focus on students' manuscripts. Fellow students and the instructor work to improve the material at hand and to speed the creative evolution of each student writer.
Also available are classes on the fundamentals of grammar, structure, and style, ideal for students who haven't taken a college course in composition or who need a refresher.
Summer Writers Colony
For three weeks in June, students participate in intensive workshops and literary salons with New School faculty members and visiting authors. The Summer Writers Colony is open to continuing education students and can be taken either for undergraduate credit or on a noncredit basis.
How to Enroll
Writing courses may be taken on a noncredit basis or for general undergraduate credit for transfer to a degree program. To view current course offerings, visit the continuing education registration site, or download the course catalog (PDF).
There is no admission process. For placement advising, contact or visit the School of Writing office (see contact information on this page). If you have never taken a college course in English composition, you should take a fundamentals course before moving on to a workshop.
Programs for Degree Students
Prospective graduate students should visit the MFA in Creative Writing website.
Prospective undergraduate students who wish to study creative writing as part of a bachelor's program in liberal arts should visit the NSPE School of Undergraduate Studies website.