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  • Registration Opens December 8, 2015

    Workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
    June 6-23, 2016

    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.

    In supplemental sessions, you can try your hand at specialized writing activities such as experimental fiction, children's 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.

    2016 Summer Writing Workshop Faculty

    Jenny Zhang (Poetry), Madge McKeithen (Nonfiction), and Sharon Mesmer (Fiction)

    2016 Visiting Writers

    • Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
    • Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation, named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review
    • Patrick Rosal, author of Brooklyn Antediluvian; honored by the Association for Asian American Studies and the Fulbright Program
    • Robyn Schiff, author of A Woman of Property; PEN Award Finalist and Academy of American Poets Greenwall Fund awardee
    • Gary Shteyngart, New York Times best-selling author of Little Failure
    • Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the memoir Ordinary Light

    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, 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, Brenda Shaughnessy, Brando Skyhorse, John Jeremiah Sullivan, James Tate, Lynne Tillman, Jean Valentine, Colson Whitehead, and Kevin Young.