Explore: NYS Writers Institute

Search The New York State Writers Institute:

University at Albany Campus
Maps and Directions

On Campus Parking

Uptown Campus:

Courtesy parking for Writers
Institute events on the Uptown
Campus will be available in the
State Quad Student Parking Lot
one hour prior to and one hour
after events. Visitor Parkling lots
are also available for $3 a vehicle
after 4 pm., though parking spaces
are very limited. See map.

Downtown Campus:
For Downtown Campus events,
courtesy parking will be
available in the Thurlow Student
Parking lot.



Podcast with Nic Stone

Nic Stone podcast with Paul Grondahl

Nic Stone is the author of the debut novel "Dear Martin"(2017), which is loosely inspired by a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African-American teenagers. Shaken by a personal run-in with the police, the book’s main character starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an attempt to determine if King’s teaching remains relevant in the modern world.

Nic sat down for a conversation with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 Listen to the podcast.

"...literary conversation is the best conversation
in the world"
-- William Kennedy
William Kennedy

Our founder William Kennedy's words are at the heart of the mission of the NYS Writers Institute.

The Writers Institute is a cultural gem of the Capital Region. We are the house that Bill built. It is a warm and inviting place, ringing with laughter, where everyone feels at home, where the red wine and stimulating conversation flow -- free and open to the public. 

In honor of Bill's 90th birthday and his founding of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany 35 years ago, we are establishing the William Kennedy Endowment Fund.

Our goal is to raise $90,000 for Bill’s 90th birthday on January 16, 2018.

We're halfway there, but we need your help to continue our mision: fostering culture and literary conversation to Albany. Make your contribution today.

Fall 2017: A look back

Some of the visiting writers from our Fall 2017 season

The collage shows just some of the visiting writers (and book titles) from our Fall 2017 season. We're deeply gratified for the audience members who took the time to listen to readings, ask thoughtful questions and applaud these literary and arts luminaries The complete Fall 2017 schedule.

"The ephemeral nature of New York City"
... was the theme of John Freeman Gill's talk, "Anchoring Flights of Fancy: Research & Imagination in the New York Novel," at the Researching New York 2017 Conference on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Page Hall in Albany.
Gill showed slides of the Woolworth Building from its triumphant grand opening in 1913 to its grimy middle-age in the 1970s, when the iconic structure plays a major role in his debut novel, The Gargoyle Hunters.
Gill spoke of the city's constant metamorphosis: "As soon as you fall in love with a building or a storefront, it gets torn down or replaced. The ephemeral nature of New York City was a part of my sensibility growing up."
He ended his talk by reading a selection from The Gargoyle Hunters in which his 13-year-old protagonist is left dangling off the side of the Woolworth Building. What happens next? You'll have to read the book!
Watch Gill's presentation | Photos posted on Facebook

Russell Shorto packs Huxley Theatre
Russell Shorto at the NYS Museum

Russell Shorto visited the NYS Museum's Huxley Theatre on Monday, November 13, to discuss his latest book, "Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom." The near-capacity crowd heard stories about each of the six main subjects in the book, including Abraham Yates, an Albany shoemaker who later became the city's mayor. Shorto also answered questions -- and received praise -- from the attendees and signed copies of his book. Read the NYTimes review of Revolution Song.
Watch Shorto's presentation | See more photos in our Facebook page.

Telling the Truth

To all of the panelists, attendees, viewers of the livestream, correspondents, social media commenters, and volunteers, thank you for making the Tellng the Truth in a Post-Truth World sympsosium on journalism, media and democracy a success.
Watch videos of each of the six panel discussions.
If you would like to keep informed of upcoming Writers Institute events, please send an email to Michael Huber at

UAlbany logo


Science Library, SL 320, University at Albany, NY 12222
Phone 518-442-5620, Fax 518-442-5621, email

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE: History | What We Do | Who We Are | Agents/Guests Information
PROGRAMS: Visiting Writers Series | Classic Film Series | Community Writers Workshop |
NYS Summer Writers Institute | NYS Summer Young Writers Institute | Authors Theatre |
NYS Author & Poet Awards PUBLICATIONS: Writers Institute Blog | FENCE | Young Voices: Summer Young Writers Anthology

hit counter