Creative Writing at The New School

Due to community concerns about COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Writers Colony cannot run as planned. In lieu of an on-campus offering, we are offering Summer Online Writing Immersion workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, available for three credits or at the noncredit level. Literary Salons have also been adapted into online courses, available for one credit each or on a noncredit basis. Matriculated New School students can view a list of credit offerings in the University Course Catalog. You can view noncredit offerings or credit offerings for non-matriculated students via our Open Campus website. For guidance on which credit option, workshop, and literary salon(s) is best for you, please write to

2020 Summer Writing Workshop Faculty, June 1-18, 2020

Sharon Mesmer (fiction), Kathleen Ossip (poetry), Madge McKeithen (nonfiction)

  • Monday through Thursday: Asynchronous readings, discussions, assignments.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 PM: Zoom workshops and discussions
  • Fridays: One-on-one consultations and Student Readings
  • Undergraduate students can earn up to 6 credits for transfer.

2020 Weekly Salon Visiting Writers

Salons meet online three times: twice for intensive discussion among the class and instructor, and a third time with the author for a reading and discussion.

Edwidge Danticat, author of Everything Inside, fiction and nonfiction writer, and MacArthur Fellow
Juliana Huxtable, author of Mucus in My Pineal Gland, visual artist, poet, performer, and DJ
Trisha Low, author of Socialist Realism, essayist, and performance artist
Sarah Schulman, author of The Cosmopolitans, novelist, playwright, and AIDS historian
Aaron Smith, author of The Book of Daniel, Lambda Literary Award finalist, and poet
R. Eric Thomas, author of Here for It, memoirist, political and pop culture columnist, and playwright

Creative Writing at The New School

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, Russell Banks, Paul Beatty, Jericho Brown, Stephanie Burt, Anne Carson, Lucille Clifton, Teju Cole, Billy Collins, Lydia Davis, Jennifer Egan, Stephen Elliot, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mary Gaitskill, Sarah Gerard, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Jhumpa Lahiri, Layli Long Soldier, Leslie Jamison, Lisa Ko, Dorothea Lasky, Rick Moody, Maggie Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates, Jenny Offill, Robyn Schiff, Gary Shteyngart, Brando Skyhorse, Tracy K. Smith, John Jeremiah Sullivan, James Tate, Lynne Tillman, Hannah Tinti, Jean Valentine, Colson Whitehead, and Kevin Young.

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