"Grace / to be born and live as variously as possible." - Frank O'Hara
"Composition as Explanation" - Gertrude Stein
"We fill preexisting forms, and when we fill them, change them and are changed." - Frank Bidart
"The poem must resist the intelligence / Almost successfully." - Wallace Stevens
The Writers Life in New York City
Eight Decades of Innovation
The New School is a vital force in creative writing—in New York City, the nation, and the world. Our commitment to supporting all aspects of the writer’s life is unsurpassed.
In Greenwich Village in 1931, The New School offered the first college-level workshop in creative writing. This was the beginning of what is now the School of Writing. Over the decades, in the tradition of New York City’s creative culture, our students and teachers contributed their own lives and stories to pioneer a new philosophy of education. Today, students at all levels study writing at The New School under the direction of master teachers, who are themselves celebrated practitioners.
Coursework emphasizes literature as a living art, rather than a historical artifact. Our instructors resist critical narrowness and approach the creative process from the inside out, bringing form to inspiration. Students are guided through the writing process from first draft to publication.
Playing host to an extraordinary calendar of events—readings, panels, book releases, and awards—the School of Writing is an active participant in today's cultural dialogue. We cultivate a writer's life that's always growing, that is active in the evolution of the literary experience.
The centerpiece of the School of Writing curriculum is our internationally renowned MFA in Creative Writing, with concentrations in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Writing for Children. We also offer ground-breaking curriculum for undergraduates, the Riggio Honors Program: Writing & Democracy, and an extensive roster of workshops and seminars open to both undergraduate degree students of the New School for Public Engagement and noncredit continuing education students.
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Thanks to the cooperation of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) and The School of Writing at The New School, as well as the tireless efforts of our students and faculty, we are able to provide interviews - text, video and audio - with each of this year's NBCC Awards Finalists.
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