• Registration Opens December 8, 2014

    Workshops in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
    June 1–18, 2015

    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.

    2015 Summer Writing Workshop Faculty

    Kathleen Ossip, Madge McKeithen, and Sharon Mesmer

    Previous Visiting Writers

    • Alysia Abbot, author of the acclaimed Fairyland: A Memoir of my Father
    • Roger Bonair-Agard, author of Bury My Clothes, two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, and nominee for the 2013 National Book Awards
    • CAConrad, author of A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics, and 2014 Lannan Fellow
    • Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad and winner of the Pulitzer Prize
    • Zadie Smith, author of NW, one of the New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2012
    • Lynne Tillman, author of a book of essays, What Would Lynne Tillman Do, and Guggenheim Fellow

    The School of 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, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Lydia Davis, Jennifer Egan, Stephen Elliot, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mary Gaitskill, Louise Glück, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rick Moody, Maggie Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates, James Tate, Jean Valentine, and Colson Whitehead.