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New York State Summer Writers Institute

SUMMER Reading 2015
June 29 - July 24
All Readings are at 8:00 p.m. in Davis Audiorium, Palamountain Hall
Free and open to the public

JUNE 29: Non-fiction reading by Phillip Lopate and fiction reading by Linda Spalding.

JUNE 30: Fiction reading by Francine Prose and fiction reading by Caryl Phillips.

JULY 1: Fiction reading by Michael Ondaatje and poetry reading by Campbell McGrath.

JULY 2: Poetry reading by Charles Simic and fiction reading by Howard Norman.

JULY 3: Fiction reading by Claire Messud and fiction reading by Elizabeth Benedict.

JULY 6: Poetry reading by Carolyn Forche and fiction reading by Victoria Redel.

JULY 7: Poetry reading by Frank Bidart and fiction reading by Rivka Galchen.

JULY 8: Fiction reading by Mary Gaitskill and non-fiction reading by Honor Moore.

JULY 9: Fiction reading by Joseph O'Neill and fiction reading by Joanna Scott.

JULY 10: Fiction reading by Joyce Carol Oates.

JULY 13: Fiction reading by Amy Hempel and fiction reading by William Kennedy.

JULY 14: Fiction reading by Ann Beattie and poetry reading by Tom Healy.

JULY 15: Fiction reading by Rick Moody and poetry reading by Lloyd Schwartz.

JULY 16: Non-fiction reading by Nick Flynn and fiction reading by Adam Braver.

JULY 17: Poetry reading by Robert Pinsky poetry reading by Peg Boyers.

JULY 20: Fiction reading by Cristina Garcia and poetry reading by Wayne Koestenbaum.

JULY 21:Fiction reading by Russell Banks and poetry reading by Chase Twichell.

JULY 22: Non-fiction reading by Laura Kipnis and non-fiction reading by Jim Miller.

JULY 23: Fiction reading by Jamaica Kincaid and poetry reading by Henri Cole.

JULY 24: Fiction reading by Paul Harding and fiction reading by Binnie Kirshenbaum.

Director, Robert Boyers
Assistant Director, Marc Woodworth
Assistant Director, Melora Wolff
Director, NYSWI | Donald Faulkner

For additional information contact:
518-580-5548 (Fax)


Each summer during the month of July the Writers Institute moves its program to the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, NY for a series of creative writing courses and free public readings. This month-long program features courses in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Students may enroll for either two week blocks or for the entire four week season.

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 Writers Institute offers courses for undergraduate and graduate credit, as well as noncredit courses. An extraordinary staff of critically-acclaimed, award-winning authors serve as Institute faculty members. Standard three-hour class meetings, three days each week, are supplemented by a series 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 publication submissions (additional fees charged). The program also offers public readings by visiting and staff writers Monday through Friday evenings. Weekend programs include publishing symposia, panel discussions, and student readings.


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