Creative Writing at The New School

The Summer Writers Colony at The New School is an intensive three-week creative writing program in which students share and critique one another's ongoing projects in a daily writing workshop moderated by a member of university's distinguished faculty. In the evenings, literary salons bring notable writers into conversation with the students and faculty of the colony. The three-session salons consist of two days of instructor-led study of the selected text, followed by an author appearance on the third and final day of the salon.

Writing at The New School is excited to announce the literary salon visiting writers for the Summer Writers Colony 2015:


TestamentJericho Brown- The New Testament

Jericho Brown is the author of the poetry collection The New Testament. Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Best American Poetry, and Nikki Giovanni's 100 Best African American Poems. His first book of poems, Please, was published by Western Michigan University Press in 2008.


Anne FrankNathan Englander- What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank 

Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, as well as the novel The Ministry of Special Cases. He was the 2012 recipient of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for What We Talk About. In 2012, Englander's play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater, and his translation New American Haggadah (edited by Jonathan Safran Foer) was published by Little Brown. He also co-translated Etgar Keret's Suddenly A Knock at the Door published by FSG.


EmpathyLeslie Jamison- The Empathy Exams

Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a critically-acclaimed collection of essays that won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, as well as the novel The Gin Closet.  Jamison's work has appeared in places like Harper's, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Believer. She is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review, and is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation at Yale about addiction narratives.


romeDorothea Lasky- ROME

Dorothea Lasky's fourth poetry collection, ROME, was published by Liveright/W.W. Norton in 2014. Her previous poetry collections include Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE. She's also written several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2010). Lasky's writing has appeared in POETRYThe New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Boston Review, among other places. She is a co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry.


take this manBrando Skyhorse- Take This Man: A Memoir

Brando Skyhorse is the author of the memoir Take This Man. His debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Skyhorse has been awarded fellowships at Ucross and Can Serrat, Spain. Skyhorse is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA Writers’ Workshop program at UC Irvine. He is the 2014 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Washington at George Washington University.


AnimalsJustin Torres- We the Animals

Justin Torres is the author of the critically acclaimed novel We the Animals. Torres has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmer Train, Flaunt, and other publications, as well as non-fiction pieces in publications like The Guardian and The Advocate. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and most recently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. The National Book Foundation named him one of 2012's 5 Under 35.


Students registered for the Summer Writers Colony gain entry to each of these literary salons. Noncredit students may also register for individual salons outside of the Summer Writers Colony program. For more information about the Summer Writers Colony and Continuing Education at The New School, visit our website.


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