New York State Writers Institute

The central aim of the New York State Writers Institute is to promote the art of the written word. The Writers Institute celebrates writing in all genres (including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, science writing, translation, drama and screenwriting) through programming that includes author seminars and readings, panel discussions, symposia and conferences, staged readings, film screenings, and writing workshops. Almost all of the Institute's offerings are free and provide a resource to readers, writers, educators, students and all members of the general public. A year after its founding in 1983 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy, the New York State Legislature passed legislation creating the Writers Institute, and charged it with conducting a broad range of cultural and educational literary activities. The Institute has a mandate to provide "a milieu for established and aspiring writers to work together to increase the freedom of the artistic imagination" and "to encourage the development of writing skills at all levels of education throughout the state."

Contact: Donald Faulkner, Director
Email Contact: Mark Koplik
Phone: Donald Faulkner: (518) 442-5620 Mark Koplik: (518) 442-5626
Email: mkoplik@albany.edu
Website: http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst
School, college, division or unit: New York State Writers Institute
Partners: UAlbany academic Departments, area colleges and educational institutions, area arts and cultural institutions