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Skidmore College
New York State Summer Writers Institute

Tuition, Scholarships and College Credit


Application Fee (non-refundable): $60

Application Fee (scholarship, non-refundable): $40


            Four weeks: $3,000 (credit and non-credit)

            Two weeks: $1,500

            One week: $900

Manuscript Tutorial: $500 (optional)

Deposits (non-refundable):

            One- and two-week deposit: $500

            Four-week deposit: $1,000

Accepted Students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit within 48 hours of acceptance to secure their place in the program. The deposit will be credited towards the program tuition.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS (Closed for 2021)

The Institute offers partial scholarships – available in the form of tuition remission – as part of our ongoing commitment to access and diversity.

Scholarships are designed for talented students enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs who are nominated by their creative writing instructors. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship award, your instructor should follow the process below. You will subsequently receive e-mailed instructions on how to submit your application. If you are over the age of 18, but not currently a matriculated student, please contact our office for information on how to apply for financial assistance.
To nominate students, send an email to indicating the names and email addresses of up to 6 students you wish to recommend. We are looking for particularly strong writers and hope also to increase the diversity of our student body.
March 29:
Faculty nominations must be received
April 5: Student Applications must be received
April 20 (approx.): Scholarship award winners will be announced to all applicants


Matriculated college students, and adults may register for four semester hours of undergraduate credit from Skidmore College when they choose to enroll in the four-week workshops in Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry. The course designations are EN380 Fiction Workshop, EN378 Nonfiction Workshop and EN379 Poetry Workshop. Students will be expected to comply with Skidmore’s academic policies. For more information, please consult the Skidmore College Catalog.


Because faculty and staff salary commitments must be made in advance and the costs of operations are fixed, the College must follow a very limited refund policy. Details of this policy as it relates to tuition and program fees follow.  Appeals for refunds due to extenuating circumstances may be made in writing to the Program Director.

If Skidmore College cancels a program all program fees will be refunded.

  • Application fees will not be refunded.
  • Tuition payments (less non-refundable deposit) will be refunded if requested, in writing, by Monday, June 14, 2021.

Lopate's students at a reading Students at reading – photo by Deb Amico