Discover the writer's life in New York City. The 2016 Summer Writers Colony at The New School will meet Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 23rd. This intensive three-week program of workshops, literary salons, and publishing seminars provides a supportive yet challenging atmosphere in which to develop as a writer, whether you are embarking on a new writing project or developing a work-in-progress. Here is a look at the nonfiction offerings at this year's colony.
Jessie Sholl is the author of Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding and co-editor of the literary travel anthology Travelers' Tales: Prague and the Czech Republic. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Redbook, Other Voices, and Ladies Home Journal, among others. She has taught writing at NYU, the University of Minnesota, and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Jessie holds an MFA from the New School, where she currently teaches fiction and nonfiction writing.
Nonfiction Literary Salons
Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith
From the publisher: From the dazzlingly original Pulitzer Prize-winning poet hailed for her “extraordinary range and ambition” (The New York Times Book Review): a quietly potent memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter.
Shot through with exquisite lyricism, wry humor, and an acute awareness of the beauty of everyday life, Ordinary Light is a gorgeous kaleidoscope of self and family, one that skillfully combines a child’s and teenager’s perceptions with adult retrospection. Here is a universal story of being and becoming, a classic portrait of the ways we find and lose ourselves amid the places we call home. More information.
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
From the publisher: Little Failure is the all too true story of an immigrant family betting its future on America, as told by a lifelong misfit who finally finds a place for himself in the world through books and words. In 1979, a little boy dragging an enormous fur hat and an overcoat made from the skin of some Soviet woodland creature steps off the plane at New York’s JFK International Airport and into his new American life. His troubles are just beginning. For the former Igor Shteyngart, coming to the United States from the Soviet Union is like stumbling off a monochromatic cliff and landing in a pool of Technicolor. Careening between his Soviet home life and his American aspirations, he finds himself living in two contradictory worlds, wishing for a real home in one. He becomes so strange to his parents that his mother stops bickering with his father long enough to coin the phrase failurchka—“little failure”—which she applies to her once-promising son. With affection. Mostly. From the terrors of Hebrew school to a crash course in first love to a return visit to the homeland that is no longer home, Gary Shteyngart has crafted a ruthlessly brave and funny memoir of searching for every kind of love—family, romantic, and of the self. More information.
Registration is now open for the 2016 Summer Writers Colony! Learn more by visiting newschool.edu/summerwriters. Undergraduate college students can earn 6 credits. The colony is also open to non-credit students.