Creative Writing at The New School

The Summer Writers Colony at The New School is an intensive three-week program in which  students share and critique one another's ongoing projects in a daily writing workshop moderated by a member of The New School's distinguished writing faculty. In the evenings, our literary salons bring notable writers into conversation with the students and faculty of the colony.

The Writing Program is proud to announce the fiction faculty and literary salon visiting authors for the Summer Writers Colony 2014!


Sharon MesmerSharon Mesmer's fiction collections are In Ordinary TimeThe Empty Quarter and Ma Vie à Yonago (Hachette, in French translation).  An excerpt of her story, "Revenge," appears in I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women ; the full version was published in the Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology. Her poetry collections are The Virgin Formica and Annoying Diabetic Bitch.  Other collections include Vertigo Seeks AffinitiesHalf Angel, Half Lunch and Crossing Second Avenue (ABJ Press, Tokyo). Four poems appear in the newly-released Postmodern American Poetry—A Norton Anthology (second edition).  Her work has also appeared in Poetry, The Wall Street Journal, New American Writing and Women's Studies Quarterly, among other print and online journals. Her awards include two NYFA fellowships, a Fulbright Specialist grant, a 2009 Jerome Foundation/SASE mentoring award, and a MacArthur Scholarship given through the Brooklyn College MFA poetry program by nomination of Allen Ginsberg.  She teaches at NYU, the New School, and online for the Chicago School of Poetics. Sharon Mesmer will teach the fiction workshop for the Summer Writers Colony 2014.

Learn more about Sharon Mesmer here.



Our first literary salon visiting author is Zadie SmithAndrew Zornoza, the literary salon instructor for Zadie Smith's salon, writes:

zadiesmithnw"'Nowadays I know the true reason I read is to feel less alone, to make a connection with a consciousness other than my own.' So says the writer Zadie Smith. The desire for connection and the loneliness of consciousness are vividly brought to life in NW, Smith's fourth and latest novel. Shortlisted for the National Book Critics award, NW heartrendingly dives into the chasm between these two territories – of what we aspire to and who we are – all while painting one of the 21st centuries most realistic portraits of life in a global city for first and second generation immigrants. NW is not for the meek; experimentalism and the harsh realities of urban living flow together here in quick currents and eddies, much as they did for Joyce in the Dublin of Ulysses. In this salon we will explore the language and architecture of one of the English language's finest writers: to better understand the craft of narrative, to examine how detail and feeling can bring to life a universe."


Our second literary salon guest for fiction is Jennifer Egan. Salon instructor Karen McKinnon writes:

A_Visit_From_the_Goon_Squad"In A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan's novel of interconnected lives on the margins of the music industry, life's wear and tear is rendered with bravado and tenderness. Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the novel deploys first, second and third person to span time and cross the globe in ways that are inventive and moving. This salon will explore the author's astute storytelling and exhilarating play with time, character, and structure. Jennifer Egan has published stories in The New YorkerHarpersGranta and McSweeney's. She is also a journalist who has written award-winning cover stories for the New York Times Magazine."



To learn more about the Summer Writers Colony 2014, visit our website. You may contact the Summer Writers Colony by email at, or by phone at 212.229.5611.

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