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Skidmore College
New York State Summer Writers Institute

The Program

The Institute is designed for college-aged students and adults, and approximately 50 percent of the program participants are undergraduate or graduate students.

2022 Workshops 

Session 1: June 27 - July 8
Session 2: July 11 - 22
Elizabeth Benedict and
Calvin Baker
Mary Gaitskill and Adam Braver
Amy Hempel and
Claire Messud 
Rick Moody and Garth Greenwell
   Master Class - Short Fiction 
   (1 week only)                                  
Joyce Carol Oates
(July 18-22)
NON-FICTION: Phillip Lopate Thomas Chatterton Williams
Campbell McGrath and
Vijay Seshadri
Peg Boyers
Rosanna Warren and
Gregory Pardlo
Henri Cole
   Master Class
   (1 week only)  
Rosanna Warren (June 27-July 1)
Gregory Pardlo (July 4-8)

Small classes offer individualized attention with approximately 8 students in each one-week workshop and 16 students in the two-week workshops. Workshops will discuss student works collected prior to the program and distributed in time for upcoming classes. Faculty may also assign additional writing exercises or recommend brief readings not written by students for classroom discussion. Students must attend all classes. Students may choose to register for four semester hours of undergraduate credit from Skidmore College when enrolled in one of the four-week workshops.

Applicants are encouraged to select the workshop which seems most appropriate and attractive to them, but the Director and Associate Director of the program will make final placement decisions.


Faculty and visiting writers will offer afternoon Question and Answer Sessions and public evening readings. Students will also have the opportunity to read from their own works each week. A welcome orientation and  virtual social gatherings are planned.

Sample Weekly Schedule (at a glance, subject to change, Eastern Standard Time):

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1 – 4 pm Workshop Classes

Tuesday, Thursday: 2 – 4 pm Question and Answer Sessions with Faculty and Visiting Writers

Evening Readings will feature faculty, visiting writers and students.


In the late spring enrolled students will receive instructions on how to prepare and submit electronic manuscripts they wish to have read and discussed in their workshop. Students enrolled in a two-week workshop with two different instructors will have their manuscript reviewed by one instructor only (not both). Every effort will be made to accommodate requests for manuscript review by a particular instructor, but we cannot guarantee this will be possible.  


Students enrolled in Fiction who are writing novels are invited to register for intensive tutorial sessions. Writers-in-Residence will read and discuss entire novels (fiction works in progress, not collections of stories) of up to 250 pages in length for an additional $500 fee. 

Students enrolled in Poetry or Non-Fiction may register to receive critiques and advice on book-length collections. Poetry students may submit up to 75 pages to be reviewed, and Non-Fiction students may submit up to 150 pages.

Specific instructions on how to register and pay for these tutorial sessions will be sent to enrolled students in the late spring.


We recommend using a computer (preferred) or a tablet with a camera. Classes will be conducted via Zoom (a free video communication platform). If you are on your computer, you can access Zoom through the browser or desktop application. If you are on a tablet, you will require the application. Please download the Zoom app in advance from the link above.

Zoom Basics:

If you have never been on Zoom before, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the following functions for training:

  • Turning your camera on and off
  • Muting and unmuting your microphone
  • Speaker View vs Gallery Mode
  • How to Pin a Speaker as the Main View
  • Changing your name to appear on the screen (include pronouns if you wish)

You can find tutorials on these functions and more here:

Your Home Classroom:

These suggestions should go without saying, of course, but as a reminder:

  • You should be in a well-lit room with your computer or tablet
  • Come prepared for class
  • Turn off or mute any electronic devices and notifications
  • Sign in early online if possible

I enjoyed working with both the professors and the students and I felt that by workshopping others’ pieces I grew as a writer myself.    

                  – 2019 PARTICIPANT