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NYS Summer Young Writers Institute

2015 Young Writers Group

Experience the Institute!

The 18th annual New York State Summer Young Writers Institute (NYSSYWI) will be June 28 – July 10, 2016 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and Skidmore College, this well-established creative writing workshop for high school students provides opportunities to work one-on-one with professional writers and editors. Participants will receive instruction in poetry, fiction, and dramatic writing (screenwriting, playwriting, and dramatic monologue) from nationally recognized writers who are also skillful teachers. The NYSSYWI provides young authors with not only opportunities to develop professionally, but also with recognition, respect, and invaluable peer support. The Institute is open to any high school student entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2016, who is a resident of the United States.

Based on creative writing samples submitted by applicants, 40 students will be chosen to participate from across the country. Full and partial financial aid awards are available for participants based on need.

Students are expected to write extensively and complete one piece of work in each of the three genres. There will be three workshops every day, except Sunday, July 3rd, when the students will travel to Lake George for a chaperoned field trip to The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom amusement park. Students will present readings of their writings at the end of the second week, and selected poems, essays and stories will be published in an anthology. Computers and printers will be available, though participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and flash drives.

The Institute runs concurrently with the New York State Summer Writers Institute, a workshop for college and post-college writers. In 2015, students attended afternoon sessions and evening readings by such prestigious writers as Phillip Lopate, Linda Spalding, Francine Prose, Caryl Phillips, Michael Ondaatje, Campbell McGrath, Charles Simic, Howard Norman, Claire Messud, Elizabeth Benedict, Carolyn Forché, Victoria Redel, Frank Bidart, Rivka Galchen, Mary Gaitskill, Honor Moore, Joseph O’Neill, Joanna Scott, and Joyce Carol Oates. In addition, exclusive Q and A sessions with celebrated authors are held. During past programs, William Kennedy, Gregory Maguire, Ann Beattie, Russell Banks, Alix Ohlin, Phillip Lopate, Elizabeth Benedict, Darrin Strauss, Hollis Seamon, Francisco X. Stork and other well-known writers have conducted seminars specifically for the students.

The vibrant Skidmore campus is alive with creativity during the summer season: a Pre-College Program in the Liberal and Studio Arts as well as a jazz institute, dance institute, and summer theater company are all in residence here during the summer. Skidmore is located in Saratoga Springs, perennially short-listed as one of the most interesting and vibrant small towns in the U.S.

The New York State Summer Young Writers Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors, without whom the program would not be possible. Thank you!