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New York State Summer Writers InstituteJuly 2 - July 27, 2007
Skidmore College
NYS Summer Writers Institute


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The New York State Writers Institute, established in 1984 by award-winning novelist William Kennedy at the University at Albany, State University of New York, announces its 21st annual summer program. Under the joint auspices of the Office of the Dean of Special Programs at Skidmore College and the New York State Writers Institute, the summer program will be held on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, New York. It will run from July 2 through July 27, 2007, and will feature creative writing courses in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Students may enroll for either two weeks (July 2-13 or July 16-27) or for the entire four-week season (July 2-27).

Robert Boyers, Director
Marc Woodworth, Asst Director
Don Faulkner, Director, NYSWI

William Kennedy, Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks

The Institute will offer courses for undergraduate and graduate credit, as well as noncredit courses. Standard three-hour class meetings, three days each week, are supplemented by a program of Tuesday and Thursday afternoon discussions with visiting writers and other special events. Other distinguished writers-in-residence read book-length poetry or nonfiction manuscripts and offer advice for revisions and eventual book submissions. The extra tutorial fee is $375. The program sponsors public readings by visiting and staff writers Monday through Friday evenings. Weekend programs include publishing symposia, panel discussions, and student readings. An extraordinary staff of distinguished writers, among them winners of such major honors as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, serve as Institute faculty members.

Summer Public Reading Schedule - 2007

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Richard Howard (Pulitzer Prize, Poetry) and Kathryn Harrison (novelist-memoirist, The Kiss)
July 2, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction and Non-Fiction Reading
Elizabeth Benedict (novelist, Almost) and Katha Pollitt (columnist, The Nation)
July 3, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Mary Gordon (novelist, Pearl) and Frank Bidart (poet, Desire)
July 4, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction Reading
Linda Spalding (novelist) and Caryl Phillips (novelist, A Distant Shore)
July 5, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction Reading
Michael Ondaatje (Booker Prize, The English Patient)
July 6, 8:00 pm
Gannett Auditorium

Fiction and Non-Fiction Reading
Nicholas Delbanco (novelist, What Remains) and James Miller (Democracy Is In The Streets)
July 9, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Charles Simic (poet, Pulitzer Prize) and Alix Ohlin (novelist, The Missing Person)
July 10, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorum

Fiction Reading
Joyce Carol Oates (National Book Award, them; We Were The Mulvaneys)
July 11, 8:00 pm
Gannett Auditorium

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Francine Prose (novelist, A Changed Man) and Campbell McGrath (poet, American Noise)
July 12, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Carolyn Forché (winner, Lamont Poetry Prize) and Marilynne Robinson (Pulitzer Prize, Gilead)
July 13, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction and Non-Fiction Reading
Nancy Huston (Prix Femina, Mark of the Angel) and
Phillip Lopate (author, Waterfront)
July 16, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction and Non-Fiction Reading
Victoria Redel (novelist, Loverboy, The Border of Truth) and Honor Moore (author, The White Blackbird)
July 17, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction Reading
Lee K. Abbott (fictionist, Wet Places at Noon) and Binnie Kirshenbaum (novelist, Hester Among the Ruins)
July 18, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Lucie Brock-Broido (poet, Trouble in Mind) and
Amy Hempel (fictionist, The Dog of the Marriage)
July 19, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction Reading
Julia Slavin (novelist, Carnivore Diet) and
Rick Moody (fictionist, Demonology)
July 20, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Ann Beattie (novelist, Park City) and Carl Dennis (Pulitzer Prize, Practical Gods)
July 23, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Russell Banks (novelist, Continental Drift, Affliction, and The Darling) and Chase Twichell (poet, Dog Language)
July 24, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction Reading
Robert Stone (National Book Award, Pen/Faulkner Award, Damascus Gate) and Allan Gurganus (novelist, White People)
July 25, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Jamaica Kincaid (novelist-memoirist, Mr. Potter; A Small Place) and Henri Cole (poet, Middle Earth)
July 26, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Panel Discussion: "Fiction Into Film"
with Stanley Kauffmann,
Phillip Lopate and other faculty
July 27, 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium