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Summer Writers Institute

Director | Robert Boyers

Assistant Director | Marc Woodworth

Director, NYSWI | Donald Faulkner

For additional information contact:
518-580-5548 (Fax)
[email protected].




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.

Writers 2008 Public Readings Schedule

Previous Featured Writers

Alix Ohlin
Carl Phillips
Caryl Phillips

Robert Pinsky

Francine Prose
Marilynne Robinson
Joanna Scott

Jim Shepard
Jane Shore
Julia Slavin
Robert Stone
Chase Twichell

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CONTACT INFORMATION: Science Library, SL 320 | University at Albany, NY 12222 | Phone 518-442-5620 | Fax 518-442-5621 | email [email protected]