In the Fall of 2008, the Writers Institute began digitizing it's entire archive 25 years of presentations by nearly 900 novelists, journalists, poets, playwrights and filmmakers, totalling more than 2,000 hours of readings, seminars and interviews. Here are some highlights of our most recent visiting writers.

EXPLORE VISITING WRITERS VIDEO ARCHIVES: The NYSWI video archive will be updated periodically. Check here for new additions.



Walter Kirn
Spring Visiting Writer
March 25, 2014

"I think a lot of what writers do, especially nonfiction, is remain alert to narrative structure that life hands them
. . " (3:19)

Walter Kirn's visit to NYSWI

Julia Glass
Spring Visiting Writer
April 3, 2014

"That any writer that tells you that they enjoy writing is a big fat liar. What we like is having written. . . " (4:54)

Julia Glass's visit to NYSWI

Dinaw Mengestu
Spring Visiting Writer
March 3, 2014

"Whenever I wrote ins my journal it was very much about depicitng what was surrounding me at that moment. . ." (3:18)

Dinaw Mengestu's visit to NYSWI

Nick Turse
New Yorks Writers Institute
February, 19 2014

"When I found those documents,I wanted to tell the story those documents told me. . .that U.S. war crimes in Vietnam weren't isolated incidents. . ." (3:17)

Nick Turse's visit to NYSWI


Ayana Mathis
New York State Writers Institute
December 3, 2013

"I was an only child, so I spent an enormous amount of time in an imaginery land. . . " (3:44)

Ayana Mathis's visit to NYSWI

David Treuer
New York State Writers Institute
November 21, 2013

"The idea is that Indian lives are lives apart, in America but not of America'. . . " (6:50)

David Treuer's visit to NYSWI

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