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Summer Writers Institute

New York State Summer Writers Institute

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The Institute

The New York State Writers Institute, established in 1984 by award-winning novelist William Kennedy at the University at Albany, SUNY, announces its 32nd annual summer program to be held July 1 - 26, 2019. Under the joint auspices of the Office 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.Writers Institute Logo


The Location

Approximately 75 percent of Summer 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.

Please note, students are responsible for supplying their own linens:  twin extra-long fitted sheets and extra-long top sheets; pillow case; towels and wash cloth.We supply a light weight thermal blanket and pillow, only.  If feasible, it is recommended you bring a heavy blanket, comforter, or sleeping bag. If you are an international student and will be traveling to Skidmore from abroad, accommodations can be made for linens to be provided by the College.

Skidmore College is a smoke-free campus. Skidmore’s Smoking Policy applies to all members of the Skidmore community and to all guests and visitors to campus.