• Registration Opens November 15, 2016
    Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Workshops
    June 5-22, 2017

    Discover the writer's life in New York City. This intensive three-week program provides a supportive yet challenging atmosphere in which to develop as a writer, whether you are embarking on a new writing project or developing a work-in-progress. You and your peers share and critique one another's ongoing projects in a daily writing workshop moderated by a member of The New School's distinguished writing faculty. Instructors also provide detailed written feedback on all work submitted. In the evenings, our literary salons bring notable writers into conversation with the students and faculty of the colony.

    Through additional craft sessions and publishing panels, you can try your hand at specialized writing activities such as experimental fiction, food writing, or writing a walking poem during a literary tour of Greenwich Village. The entire Summer Writers Colony community gathers for celebratory readings of student and faculty work.

    • Courses meet from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
    • Mornings and weekends are reserved for individual writing practice and for enjoying your summer in New York City.
    • Undergraduate students can earn 6 credits for transfer.
    • The Summer Writers Colony is also open to noncredit students.

    2017 Summer Writing Workshop Faculty

    Sharon Mesmer (Fiction), Madge McKeithen (Nonfiction), and Kathleen Ossip (Poetry)

    2017 Literary Salon Visiting Writers:

    • Melissa Broder, acclaimed poet, creator of the popular Twitter account @sosadtoday, and author of the book of essays So Sad Today
    • Ted Conover, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and author of the nonfiction book Immersion: A Writer's Guide to Going Deep
    • Stephanie Danler, debut novelist and author of the national best seller Sweetbitter
    • Lydia Davis, winner of the Man Booker Prize and author of the book of short stories Can't and Won't
    • James Lasdun, Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and author of the novel The Fall Guy
    • Brenda Shaughnessy, award-winning poet and author of the poetry collection So Much Synth

    Creative Writing at The New School

    The New School has been a vital center for writing since 1931. Over the years, our writing and literature faculty has included many of America's most acclaimed poets, novelists, and nonfiction writers. The Summer Writers Colony alone has brought some of today's most exciting writers to join us in Greenwich Village, including Joan Acocela, Russell Banks, Paul Beatty, Jericho Brown, Anne Carson, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Lydia Davis, Jennifer Egan, Stephen Elliot, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mary Gaitskill, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Jhumpa Lahiri, Leslie Jamison, Dorothea Lasky, Rick Moody, Maggie Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates, Jenny Offill, Robyn Schiff, Gary Shteyngart, Brando Skyhorse, Tracy K. Smith, John Jeremiah Sullivan, James Tate, Lynne Tillman, Jean Valentine, Colson Whitehead, and Kevin Young.