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Skidmore College
New York State Summer Writers Institute

Tuition and Scholarships 


Application Fee (non-refundable): $60

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

Tuition for the 2022 program is listed below.

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

            Four weeks: $3,740 (undergraduate credit)

            Two weeks: $1,500

            One week: $1,000

Manuscript Tutorial: $500 (optional)

Deposits (non-refundable):

            One- and two-week deposit: $200

            Four-week deposit: $400

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.


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 up to 6 students, send an email to requesting access to our online nomination portal. We are looking for particularly strong writers and hope also to increase the diversity of our student body.


2022 Deadlines:

March 4: Faculty nominations must be received through our online nomination portal
March 18: Student Applications must be received
March 31 (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 Friday, June 10, 2022.

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