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Fall 2003
Investigative Prose/Poetry Workshop
Offered by Writer-in-Residence Edward Sanders

New York State Writers Institute Writer-in-Residence Edward Sanders will conduct an investigative prose/poetry Workshop during the Fall 2003 semester, which will focus on writing projects involving research and investigation, and will explore techniques for gathering data, sequencing information, and methods of writing investigative work. Investigative writing focuses on transforming real world events and places into graceful poetry and prose utilizing methods of precise sequencing and immersion into research. research. Poets and prose writers, who are just beginning a writing project involving investigation and research, as well as those who are already working on an investigative project, are encouraged to apply.

This workshop is scheduled for ten Wednesday nights (September 24; October 1, 8, 15 22; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition, individual student conferences will be held. The class will be held on the University at Albany's uptown campus. The workshop is offered free of charge for non-credit, and will be limited to 12 writers. To be considered, submit writing samples to the NYS Writers Institute according to the guidelines listed below. Due to the volume of manuscripts received from previous workshops, we must insist that you follow the guidelines exactly.

Follow These Guidelines for the Workshop

    1. All manuscripts must be typewritten, and double-spaced.

    2. All submissions must include one separate cover sheet with name, address, work and home telephone numbers, and the title(s) of the piece(s). [e-mail address is optional]

    3. Submit no more than 5 pages of poetry or 10 pages of prose (or a combination of poetry and prose not to exceed 10 pages), along with a well thought-out brief description for an investigative writing project. To insure a blind selection process, do not put your name on any of these pages.

    4. Be sure to keep a copy of your work, as your manuscript will not be returned to you.

    5. Writers enrolled in a University at Albany writing class for the Fall 2003 semester, whether graduate or undergraduate, are not eligible. Auditing is not permitted.

    6. Manuscripts delivered in person will be accepted up until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2003. Mailed manuscripts must be postmarked not later than Thursday, August 7, 2003. Faxes or e-mails will not be accepted.

    7. Notification of acceptance will be by Thursday, September 4th. Please do not call regarding the status of your manuscript. We regret that neither Mr. Sanders nor the Institute can comment on manuscripts by writers not selected.

    8. Please note that our offices have moved. Mail manuscripts to:

    Sanders Workshop
    NYS Writers Institute
    New Library, LE 320
    University at Albany, SUNY
    Albany, NY 12222