Creative Writing at The New School

The New School in New York City offers what we believe to be the country's premier urban writers colony. Each June, writers convene from around the country and around to world to transform their writing practices and immerse themselves in new possibilities for their work.

In writing workshops, students receive individualized feedback and the support to push their writing into new territory. In literary salons, students study notable new books and join their authors in conversation. Students also participate in specialized craft sessions and publishing talks all at the national epicenter of literary production.

The 2018 Summer Writing Workshop faculty include Sharon Mesmer (fiction), Madge McKeithen (nonfiction), and John Reed (Multi-genre).

This year’s visiting writers include acclaimed authors Stephanie Burt, Teju ColeSarah Gerard, Lisa Ko, Layli Long Soldier, and Hannah Tinti.

This year’s Summer Writers Colony takes place from June 4-21, 2018.

Undergraduate students who attend the Summer Writers Colony will have the opportunity to earn 6 credits for transfer, however the Summer Writers Colony is open to noncredit students as well. Registration for the colony is currently open.

For more information about the Summer Writers Colony, and to register now, please click here. You may also contact program director Laura Cronk at 212.229.5611 or

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The New School has been a vital center for writing since 1931. Over the years, our writing and literature faculty has included many of America's most acclaimed poets, novelists, and nonfiction writers. The Summer Writers Colony alone has brought some of today's most exciting writers to join us in Greenwich Village, including Joan Acocela, Paul Beatty, Anne Carson, Lucille Clifton,  Lydia Davis, Stephen Elliot, Mary Gaitskill, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rick Moody, Maggie Nelson,Gary Shteyngart, Brando Skyhorse, John Jeremiah Sullivan, James Tate,  Jean Valentine, and Colson Whitehead.


A look at the 2018 Visiting Writers:

Stephanie Burt is Professor of English at Harvard University and the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, among them BelmontParallel Play, Close Calls with NonsenseThe Forms of Youth: 20th Century Poetry and Adolescence, and The Poem Is You60 Contemporary Poems and How to Read Them. She grew up in and around Washington, DC, has lived in Connecticut, New York, England, New Zealand, and Minnesota, and now resides in Belmont, Massachusetts, with her spouse Jessie and their children Cooper and Nathan. Her most recent book is Advice from the Lights.

Teju Cole was born in the United States in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of Every Day Is for the Thief and Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His photography has been exhibited in India and the United States. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

Sarah Gerard is the author of the best-selling book of essays Sunshine State and novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction and appeared on best book of the year lists for NPR, Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, and Flavorwire. Her writing has appeared in the New York TimesParis Review DailyViceBOMB, and other publications. She teaches writing in New York City.

Lisa Ko is the author of National Book Award fiction finalist The Leavers. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Apogee Journal, Narrative, Copper Nickel, the Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center, among others. She was born in New York City, where she now lives. 

Layli Long Soldier is the author of the 2018 National Books Critic Circle poetry award winner Weheras and is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Hannah Tinti is the author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. Her short story collection Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her bestselling novel The Good Thief won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and an American Library Association Alex Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Tinti is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary magazine One Story.

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Founded in Greenwich Village in 1931, Creative Writing at The New School continues to promote, engender, and shape innovative literature.