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 2017 Summer Writing Workshop faculty include Sharon Mesmer (fiction), Madge McKeithen (nonfiction), andKathleen Ossip (poetry).

This year’s visiting writers include acclaimed poet Melissa Broder, Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Conover, national best selling author Stephanie Danler, Man Booker Prize winner Lydia Davis, Guggenheim Fellowship recipient James Lasdun and award-winning poet and author Brenda Shaughnessy.

This year’s Summer Writers Colony takes place from June 5-22, 2017.

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

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