• Summer Writers Colony
  • 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.

    Note: The Summer Writers Colony directly precedes the New School Publishing Institute. Students may elect to register for both programs.

    2019 Summer Writing Workshop Faculty

    Sharon Mesmer (Fiction), Madge McKeithen (Nonfiction), and John Reed (Multi-genre)

    2018 Literary Salon Visiting Writers (2019 faculty to be announced)

    • Stephanie Burt, critic, poet, and author of Advice from the Lights: Poems
    • Teju Cole, acclaimed writer, critic, and photographer, and author of the innovative new photobook Blind Spot
    • Sarah Gerard, author of the critically acclaimed essay collection Sunshine State
    • Lisa Ko, author of the novel The Leavers, a 2017 National Book Award Finalist
    • Layli Long Soldier, Whiting Award-winning poet and author of WHEREAS: Poems, a 2017 National Book Award Finalist
    • Hannah Tinti, best-selling novelist, co-founder of One Story, and author, most recently, of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel

    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.

  • Contact Us

    Summer Writers Colony
    66 West 12th St.
    New York, NY 10011
    summerwriters@newschool.edu
    212.229.5611

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    Multi-genre
    Credit, Noncredit

    Nonfiction
    Credit, Noncredit

    Fiction
    Credit, Noncredit

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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