To Publicists, Agents, and/or Future Guests
from Donald W. Faulkner, Director
Thank you for considering The New York State Writers Institute as a venue for your reading or performance. We promise to treat you especially grand as well as promote your work. All our events are free and open to the public.
For any of our visitors on tour, the New York State Writers Institute can cover transportation in the Northeast, lodging and meals. In the past we've been successful working with authors on a date just before or just after a New York City appearance. The Institute is located a bit more than two hours north of Manhattan on one of the most attractive Amtrak routes, along the Hudson.
Generally our events attract audiences in numbers between 150 and 500 to 1000. We also have a significant student following at the University Albany, where regular lecture courses with required book orders (generally about 80) are offered in conjunction with our Visiting Writers Series. We have two booksellers who work with us: our campus Barnes and Noble (afternoon events), and the best area independent, The Book House (evening events). We sell lots of books. Given that the Institute is considered one of the great cultural assets of the region, we get strong media attention, and we have a regional and syndicated PBS television interview show for which we can tape the visiting writers.
Located in the state capital, the Writers Institute is located within minutes of the State Legislature, the courts, and headquarters for all service agencies of the largest state government in the nation. The city itself is a vibrant center for culture and entertainment. Its centerpiece is the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, a governmental center that includes the New York State Museum and Library and major performing arts and convention facilities. Albany is also home to the Pepsi Arena, a 15,000-seat venue for major entertainment and sporting events.
The Capital Region (Albany, Schenectady, and Troy), with a population of 750,000, is near Saratoga, the Berkshires, the Catskills, and the Adirondack Mountains, areas famed for recreational and cultural opportunities. The Institute is 150 miles from New York City, 165 miles from Boston, and 242 miles from Montreal. The main campus is located near the intersection of the New York State Thruway, the Adirondack Northway, and Interstate 90. We are within five miles are an AMTRAK rail station, Albany International Airport, served by several major airlines, and the Greyhound and Trailways bus depots.
So please, give the Writers Institute a chance to honor and showcase you. If you have any unswered questions or particular requests, please give us a call and we'll do our best to work out arrangements. Thank you!
— Donald W. Faulkner
New York State Writers Institute
New Library, LE 320
University at Albany, SUNY
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-5620 / Fax: (518) 442-5621