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  • Summer Writers Colony
  • Coronavirus Update

    Due to community concerns about COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Writers Colony cannot run as planned. In lieu of an on-campus offering, we are offering Summer Online Writing Immersion workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, available for three credits or at the noncredit level. Literary Salons have also been adapted into online courses, available for one credit each or on a noncredit basis. Matriculated New School students can view a list of credit offerings in the University Course Catalog. You can view noncredit offerings or credit offerings for non-matriculated students via our Open Campus website. For guidance on which credit option, workshop, and literary salon(s) is best for you, please write to

    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.

    June 1-18, 2020

    • Courses meet online.
    • Undergraduate students can earn up to 6 credits for transfer.
    • The Summer Writers Colony is also open to noncredit students.

    2020 Summer Writing Workshop Faculty

    Sharon Mesmer (fiction), Kathleen Ossip (poetry), Madge McKeithen (nonfiction)

    2020 Literary Salon Visiting Writers

    Edwidge Danticat, author of Everything Inside, fiction and nonfiction writer, and MacArthur Fellow
    Juliana Huxtable, author of Mucus in My Pineal Gland, visual artist, poet, performer, and DJ
    Trisha Low, author of Socialist Realism, essayist, and performance artist
    Sarah Schulman, author of The Cosmopolitans, novelist, playwright, and AIDS historian
    Aaron Smith, author of The Book of Daniel, Lambda Literary Award finalist, and poet
    R. Eric Thomas, author of Here for It, memoirist, political and pop culture columnist, and playwright

    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, Stephanie Burt, Anne Carson, Lucille Clifton, Teju Cole, Billy Collins, Lydia Davis, Jennifer Egan, Stephen Elliot, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mary Gaitskill, Sarah Gerard, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Jhumpa Lahiri, Layli Long Soldier, Leslie Jamison, Lisa Ko, 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, Hannah Tinti, Jean Valentine, Colson Whitehead, and Kevin Young.

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    Summer Writers Colony
    66 West 12th St.
    New York, NY 10011

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