Creative Writing at The New School

Discover the writer's life in New York City. The 2016 Summer Writers Colony at The New School will meet Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 23rd. This intensive three-week program of workshops, literary salons, and publishing seminars provides a supportive yet challenging atmosphere in which to develop as a writer, whether you are embarking on a new writing project or developing a work-in-progress. Here is a look at the multi-genre and poetry offerings at this year's colony.

Multi-Genre Workshop

ZhangJenny Zhang joins the workshop faculty of the Summer Writers Colony this year! Zhang will teach a multi-genre workshop, in which fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and hybrid forms are welcomed and encouraged. Zhang is the author of the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books), the nonfiction chapbook Hags (Guillotine), and The Selected Jenny Zhang, an e-book from Emily Books. She's a 2016 National Magazine Award finalist, and her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have been published or are forthcoming from New YorkRacked, Buzzfeed, Poetry, Rookie, The Hairpin, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Jezebel, The Guardian, The Iowa Review, and Glimmertrain. She holds degrees from Stanford University and The Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her forthcoming collection of short stories will be published by Random House in Fall of 2017.

Workshop sessions: June 6-23, Mon.-Thurs., 2:30-5:00pm. More information.

Poetry Literary Salons

AntediluvianBrooklyn Antediluvian by Patrick Rosal

From the publisher: Patrick Rosal’s brilliant fourth collection of poems is ignited by the frictions of our American moment. In the face of relentless violence and deepening racial division, Rosal responds with his own brand of bare-knuckled beauty.

Rosal finds trouble he isn’t asking for in his unforgettable new poems, whether in New York City, Austin, Texas, or the colonized Philippines of his ancestors. But trouble is everywhere, and Rosal, acclaimed author of My American Kundiman, responds in kind, pulling no punches in his most visceral, physical collection to date. “My hand’s quick trip from my hip to your chin, across / your face, is not the first free lesson I’ve given,” Rosal writes, and it’s true—this new book is full of lessons, hard-earned, from a poet who nonetheless finds beauty in the face of violence. June 6, 7, and 9, 6:30pm. More information.



SchiffA Woman of Property by Robyn Schiff

From the publisher: Located in a menacing, gothic landscape, the poems that comprise A Woman of Property draw formal and imaginative boundaries against boundless mortal threat, but as all borders are vulnerable, this ominous collection ultimately stages an urgent and deeply imperiled boundary dispute where haunting, illusion, the presence of the past, and disembodied voices only further unsettle questions of material and spiritual possession. This is a theatrical book of dilapidated houses and overgrown gardens, of passageways and thresholds, edges, prosceniums, unearthings, and root systems. The unstable property lines here rove from heaven to hell, troubling proportion and upsetting propriety in the name of unfathomable propagation. Are all the gates in this book folly? Are the walls too easily scaled to hold anything back or impose self-confinement? What won't a poem do to get to the other side? June 13-15. More information.


Registration is open now for the 2016 Summer Writers Colony! Learn more by visiting

Undergraduate college students can earn 6 credits. The colony is also open to non-credit students.

Students may also opt to register for individual literary salons outside of the full Summer Writers Colony program of study.

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