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New York State Summer Writers Institute

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. For more information, visit

Public Reading Schedule
July 2 - July 27, 2018
All Events begin at 8 PM in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
(Schedule is subject to changes.)

NY State Summer Writers Institute: 2018 Public Readings All Monday – Friday evening readings are held in Gannett Auditorium and begin at 8:00 PM. The panel discussions held on Saturdays, July 7th and 21st are held in Davis Auditorium. The events are sponsored, in part, by the New York State Writers Institute, State University of New York at Albany.

July 2: Novelist Joseph O’ Neill (Netherland) & Novelist-Memoirist Rivka Galchen (Little Labors, American Innovations)

July 3: Poet Carol Muske-Dukes (Blue Rose, Sparrow) and Novelist Joanna Scott (Follow Me, Make Belie, Arrogance) July 4: Memoirist Phillip Lopate (Getting Personal) and poet Campbell McGrath (American Noise)

July 5: Fictionist Nicholas Delbanco (Lastingness, The Years) and poet James Longenbach (Earthling)

July 6: Poet Charles Simic (Pulitzer Prize: The Lunatic: Poems, Hotel Insomnia) and Novel ist Elizabeth Benedict (The Practice of Deceit)

July 7, 7 pm: Panel Discussion in Davis Auditorium: “Can Art Be ‘Offensive’?” with Novelist Elizabeth Benedict, Poet Tom Healy & Poet-Novelist April Bernard

July 9: Poet Louise Gluck (Pulitzer Prize: The Wild Iris, Meadowlands) & Novelist-memoirist Danzy Senna (Caucasia, Where Did You Sleep Last Night)

July 10: Novelist Russell Banks (The Darling, Affliction, The Lost Memory of Skin) and Poet Chase Twichell (Dog Language)

July 11: Novelist Claire Messud (The Woman Upstairs, The Emperor’s Children) and Poet Rosanna Warren (Ghost in a Red Hat)

July 12: Novelist Mary Gaitskill (The Mare, Veronica) and Poet Vijay Seshadri (Pulitzer Prize, 3 Sections)

July 13: Fictionist Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone) and novelist-memoirist Amy Wallen (When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir)

July 16: Frank Bidart (National Book Award: Desire, Metaphysical Dog) and Novelist Garth Greenwell (What Belongs to You)

July 17: Novelist Mary Gaitskill (The Mare, Veronica) and Poet Peg Boyers (To Forget Venice, Hard Bread, Honey With Tobacco)

July 18: Novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm, Hotels of North America) and poet Carl Dennis (PULITZER PRIZE: Practical Gods, Unknown Friends, Ranking The Wishes)

July 19: Novelist Paul Auster (Brooklyn Follies, Moon Palace) and novelist-memoirist Siri Hustvedt (The Shaking Woman, What I Loved)

July 20: Poet Robert Pinsky (The Want Bone, Gulf Music) and Novelist Adam Braver (Misfit, 1963, Crows Over The Wheatfield)

July 21, 7 pm: Panel Discussion in Davis Auditorium: “Fears & Night Thoughts” with Memoirist Nick Flynn, Novelist Madeline Miller & Novelist Binnie Kirshenbaum

July 23: Novelist William Kennedy (Ironweed, Roscoe) and Non-Fictionist Jim Miller (author Democracy Is In The Streets, Flowers in the Dustbin)

July 24: Novelist Ann Beattie (Walks With Men, The New Yorker Stories) and Novelist Jonathan Dee (The Locals, The Privileges, A Thousand Pardons)

July 25: Novelist Joyce Carol Oates (Zombie, Blonde, Carthage), Gannett Auditorium

July 26: Novelist-Memoirist Jamaica Kincaid (See Now Then, Autobiography Of My Mother, Lucy) and Poet Henri Cole (Nothing To Declare, Touch)

July 27: Novelist-memoirist Howard Norman (Next Life Might Be Kinder, The Bird Artist, The Museum Guard) and Novelist-Poet Victoria Redel (Loverboy, The Border Of Truth)


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.

Director, Robert Boyers
Assistant Director, Marc Woodworth
Assistant Director, Melora Wolff
Director, NYSWI | Paul Grondahl

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


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