Saratoga Living summer 2016 Arts Preview
Summer Writer’s Institute:
A Literary Gem of New York State Set in Saratoga
The New York State Summer Writers Institute:
A 30th Anniversary Retrospective
Reflections by Robert Boyers, Director
New York State Summer Writers Institute
July 4 - 29, 2016
The New York State Writers Institute, established in 1984 by award-winning novelist William Kennedy at the University at Albany, SUNY, announces its 30th annual summer program to be held July 4 – 29, 2016. Under the joint auspices of the Office of the Dean of Special Programs at Skidmore College and the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, the summer program is held on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and will feature creative writing workshops in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. An extraordinary staff of distinguished writers, among them winners of such major honors as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, serve as Institute faculty members.
Approximately 75 percent of Writers Institute students elect to live on the Skidmore campus. These students are housed in an air-conditioned, furnished residence facility and are required to purchase the dining hall meal plan. They will have use of the College's facilities, including its library, tennis courts, sports and recreation center, swimming pool, and Northwood's hiking trails. Saratoga Springs is a city famous for its spas, Victorian charm, thoroughbred racing, and nearby Saratoga Battlefield. Its downtown shops, cafes, and restaurants are only a ten-minute walk from Skidmore. Institute students who want to venture further afield can also enjoy the Saratoga Performing Arts Center - summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and top jazz concerts. The Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Green Mountains are all within a two-hour drive.