Workshop (Fall 1998)
Writing from Personal Experience: Finding Your Form
Offered by Writer-in-Residence Le Anne Schreiber

New York State Writers Institute Writer-in-Residence Le Anne Schreiber will conduct a workshop, Writing From Personal Experience: Finding Your Form during the fall 1998 semester. The main focus of the workshop will be on identifying which form--fiction or nonfiction--will best present the author's material. Various forms of fiction and nonfiction will be reviewed in order to provide students with a range of choices.

The workshop is scheduled for ten Thursday nights (October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3,10) from 6 to 9:00 p.m. 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 ten writers. To be considered, submit fiction or nonfiction manuscripts 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.


  1. All manuscripts must be typewritten, doubled-spaced.

  2. Submit no more than five pages of fiction or nonfiction prose. Clearly indicate the title of the piece and what your submission is (e.g. part of a short story or novel, an essay, etc). Include a brief statement (no more than 250 words) of intent--why you are interested in participating in this workshop and a description of the writing project on which you would like to work. Don't grovel; don't crow.

  3. All submissions must include a separate cover sheet with name, address, work and home telephone numbers, and the title of your submission. Do not put your name on any other pages of your submission.

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

  5. Writers enrolled in a University at Albany writing class for the Fall 1998 semester, whether graduate or undergraduate, and writers who participated in the Fall 1997 Le Anne Schrieber workshop, are not eligible. Auditing of the class is not allowed.

  6. Manuscripts delivered in person will be accepted up until l:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 1998. Mailed manuscripts must be postmarked not later than Tuesday, August 18, 1998. Faxes will not be accepted. The NYS Writers Institute is not responsible for misprints in newspapers or if notices appear after the deadline due dates.

  7. Notification of acceptance will be by Thursday, September 17, 1998. Please do not call regarding the status of your manuscript. We regret that neither Ms. Schreiber nor the Institute can comment on manuscripts by writers not selected.

  8. Mail manuscripts to:
    Schreiber Workshop
    NYS Writers Institute, HU 355
    University at Albany, SUNY
    Albany, NY 12222