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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.)

July 2: Fiction Reading: Joseph O' Neill & Rivka Galchen

July 3: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Carol Muske-Dukes & Joanna Scott

July 4: Non-Fiction & Poetry Reading: Phillip Lopate & Campbell McGrath

July 5: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Amy Hempel & James Longenbach

July 6: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Charles Simic & Elizabeth Benedict

SATURDAY, July 7, 7:00 PM: Panel Discussion: "Can Art Be 'Offensive'?" with Caryl Phillips, Elizabeth Benedict, Tom Healy & April Bernard

July 9: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Louise Gluck & Danzy Senna

July 10: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Russell Banks & Chase Twichell

July 11: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Claire Messud & Rosanna Warren

July 12: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Mary Gaitskill & Vijay Seshadri

July 13: Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading: Adam Haslett & Amy Wallen

July 16: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Frank Bidart & Garth Greenwell

July 17: Non-Fiction & Poetry Reading: Mary Gaitskill & Peg Boyers

July 18: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Rick Moody & Carl Dennis

July 19: Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading: Paul Auster & Siri Hustvedt

July 20: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Robert Pinsky & Adam Braver

SATURDAY, July 21, 7:00 PM: Panel Discussion:"Fears & Night Thoughts" with Wallace Shawn, Francine Prose & Binnie Kirshenbaum

July 23: Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading: William Kennedy & Jim Miller

July 24: Fiction Reading: Ann Beattie & Jonathan Dee

July 25: Fiction Reading, GANNETT AUDITORIUM: Joyce Carol Oates

July 26: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Jamaica Kincaid & Henri Cole

July 27: Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading: Howard Norman & Victoria Redel

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)


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