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On Campus Parking

Uptown Campus

Courtesy parking for Writers Institute events on the Uptown Campus will be available in the State Quad Student Parking Lot one hour prior to and one hour after events. Visitor Parkling lots are also available for $3 a vehicle after 4 pm., though parking spaces are very limited. See map.

Downtown Campus:
For Downtown Campus events, courtesy parking will be available in the Thurlow Student Parking lot. See map.



"It is my longstanding feeling that literary conversation is the best conversation in the world" -- William Kennedy

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Albany Book Festival, coming September 29, 2018

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Watch these videos on our YouTube channel

Salman Rushdie reading from his recent novel The Golden House

"In Gotham, we knew who the Joker was, and wanted nothing to do with him, or the daughter he lusted after, or the daughter he never mentioned, or the sons who murdered elephants and leopards for sport."
-- Salman Rushdie reading from his recent novel The Golden House

Author Gish Jen on cultural differences between the East and West

"In America, most of our narratives tend to favor one 'self' over the other, and the reverse is true in other parts of the world."
-- Author Gish Jen on cultural differences between the East and West

Filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes discussing the main character in Lupe Bajo El Sol

"My grandpa was not the only guy who dis-appeared... There are lots of guys who still do that."
-- Filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes discussing the main character in "Lupe Bajo El Sol"

Journalist Emily Witt, Future Sex

"Sexual experimentation is not a class-limited project. People do it in different ways and their exploration is affected by their economic circumstances."
--Journalist Emily Witt, "Future Sex"

Filmmaker Gloria LaMorte, Entre Nos

"This film was going to ride or die with the authenticity and how much the audience was going to believe this story."
-- Filmmaker Gloria LaMorte, "Entre Nos"

Randy Cohen on comedy writing

"It's an impossible task and everyone should be paid enormously for doing it. No mere mortal can do it."
-- Randy Cohen on comedy writing

See more videos from the archives at our YouTube channel

Our 2018 Visiting Writers, Filmmakers, Artists, Newsmakers

Spring 2018 season

What a wonderful Spring Season. Stay tuned for an exciting Fall Season, including the Albany Book Festival coming in September.

If you would like to keep informed of upcoming Writers Institute events, please send an email to Michael Huber at

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Science Library, SL 320, University at Albany, NY 12222
Phone 518-442-5620, Fax 518-442-5621, email

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