Robert Boyers & Robert Pinsky with student – photo by Jim McLaughlin
Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHEN DO I HAVE TO ARRIVE AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I GET THERE?
Check-in for the Writers Institute takes place on the Sunday prior to the beginning of your program session -- Sunday, June 28th or Sunday, July 12th -- in Case College Center. It's highly recommended that you arrive between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., so you have time to get settled and prepare for class the next day. More information about the hours of check-in and the Case Information Desk will be provided in a letter that goes out to all accepted students in May. At check-in you will receive program information (workshop class schedule, visiting writer's readings, special event info, manuscripts to be reviewed for your first class, etc.), information about campus facilities, and your photo ID. Following check-in, beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28th and again on Sunday, July 12th, we will be hosting an opening night reception for all students. You will be informed of the reception location when you arrive at the check-in table. Your workshop classes are held Mon, Wed, Fri, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Optional discussions and Q & A sessions are held Tue & Thurs from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Special events, such as picnics, student readings and panel discussions are generally scheduled on the weekends. These events are also optional and more information will be available in your program packet at check-in. DEPARTURE: Students must depart from their apartments by 11:00 a.m. on the Saturday at the end of their workshop session (July 11th or 25th) and check out at the Case Information Desk, 2nd floor, Case Center.
2. WHAT ARE THE LIVING AND DINING ACCOMODATIONS?
On-campus housing will be in air-conditioned and moderately furnished Sussman (Hillside Apartments). If you are staying on-campus, please note that your apartment will not be available before 3:00 p.m. Your photo ID card will be issued at the Case Information Desk, 2nd floor of Case Center, when you check in. Your ID card will serve as a swipe key card that will give you access into the apartment, and also into one of the private bedrooms assigned to you. Because we are on a college campus, it is also important that you be prepared for some minor inconveniences. Bathrooms are shared. Private bathrooms are not available. From our web page at www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters, follow the link to Guest Information. Thoroughly read the Summer Information Guide there. Once you've reviewed the Guide, please consider packing items that will make your stay more comfortable, such as a small desk lamp, extra blanket, etc. These items are also available for purchase at the Skidmore bookstore if you are unable to pack them. We supply the following linens: pillow; pillow case; fitted sheet; top sheet; light weight thermal blanket; and small towel. It is recommended that you bring a bath towel, wash cloth and heavy blanket. The apartments provide a refrigerator, stove, and microwave, but cooking utensils, pots, pans, and dishes are NOT provided. If you live on-campus, you are required to purchase the dining hall meal plan. Your ID card will also serve as your meal card. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining hall where you will have the opportunity to meet people who are enrolled in your program and other programs on campus. You will find a large assortment of foods, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free selections, at every meal.
3. WILL THERE BE ACCESS TO COMPUTERS ON-CAMPUS?
There are public computers in a number of locations on campus where you can access your email and browse the Internet. A computer lab with printers will be provided. It is recommended that you bring a laptop if you own one. Every apartment has Wi-Fi.
4. WHAT ABOUT TELEPHONES?
There is a wall mount phone provided in kitchens of the apartments. You may ask for the extension of your apartment phone at the Case Information Desk.
5. CAN I USE THE GYM?
Yes. Skidmore’s Sports and Recreation Center facilities include an indoor pool, racquetball courts, and workout, fitness and weight rooms. Tennis courts are available on a court-available basis. An outdoor running track is also available.
6. WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION ABOUT SARATOGA SPRINGS AND OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING/HOTELS?
Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (518) 584-3255 or www.saratoga.org.
7. WHERE IS THE COLLEGE IN RELATION TO THE TOWN?
Downtown Saratoga Springs is a 10 to15-minute walk along North Broadway, which is known for its beautiful Victorian homes. Local transportation including trolley service is also available. See Case Desk Staff for a schedule.
Yes. Mail for all programs is distributed at the Skidmore Post Office located on campus. The correct address for incoming mail is as follows:
General Delivery - Summer Programs
NY State Summer Writers Institute
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632
9. WILL I BE RECEIVING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE INSTITUTE AND THE COLLEGE BEFORE
I GET THERE?
Yes. In May, we’ll be sending all enrolled students a letter with more detailed information about check-in, and instructions on how to submit the manuscript(s) that you want to be reviewed in your workshop(s). This letter will arrive by either Email or Postal mail, so be sure we have current addresses for you and be ready to follow the important instructions enclosed.
10. IN THE MEANTIME, WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE INSTITUTE?
Christine Merrill, NY State Summer Writers Institute, 518-580-5593; or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more details on our web page: www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters. Follow the link to Guest Information to review Travel Information, Directions (by car, bus, train or air), a Campus Map, and the Summer Information Guide for even more information about the College and its services.