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.


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
New York State Writers Institute
September 27,
"They've never had a young mom in the senate . . . they don't know how to handle it . . . " (3:22)

Kirsten Gillibrand's visit to NYSWI

John Lahr
New York State Writers Institute
October 1,
"What Tennessee was doing in his plays was re-presenting, on stage, his internal life . . . " (3:20)

John Lahr's visit to NYSWI

Alison Lurie
New York State Writers Institute
September 18,
"They said Fairy Tales are bad for children, especially little girls because they're all about how you have to be beautiful and good and passive and sit there and take it.. . .and wait for your prince to come . . . " (2:53)

Alison Lurie's visit to NYSWI

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 NYSW


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

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