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Summer Writer’s Institute:
A Literary Gem of New York State Set in Saratoga


The New York State Summer Writers Institute
A 30th Anniversary Retrospective
Reflections by Robert Boyers, Director

New York State Summer Writers Institute
July 4 - 29, 2016
Schedule below

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 30th annual summer program to be held July 4 – 29, 2016. Under the joint auspices of the Office of the Dean 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.

The Location

Approximately 75 percent of 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.

Public Events Schedule 

July 4: poet April Bernard (Brawl & Jag, Romanticism, Miss Fuller) and novelist Elizabeth Benedict (The Practice of Deceit, Safe Conduct, The Joy of Writing Sex)

July 5: Personal Essayist Phillip Lopate (Portrait Inside My Head, The Art of the Personal Essay) and poet Campbell McGrath (XX: Poems for the 20th Century)

July 6novelist Howard Norman (The Bird Artist, The Museum Guard) and novelist Francine Prose (Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Peggy Guggenheim)

July 7novelist-memoirist Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy, The Brooklyn Follies) and novelist Siri Hustvedt (What I Loved, Shaking Woman, The Blazing World)

July 8memoirist Margo Jefferson (National Book Award for Negroland) and novelist Joanna Scott (Everybody Loves Somebody, Arrogance, Various Antidotes)

July 9Comedy Night with Phillip Lopate, Elizabeth Benedict & Mary Gaitskill

July 11novelist Mary Gaitskill (The Mare, Don’t Cry, Veronica) and poet Carolyn Forche (The Angel of History, Blue Hour,The Country Between Us)

July 12poet Frank Bidart (National Book Critics Circle Award for Metaphysical Dog) and novelist Mary Gordon (The Shadow Man, Final Payments, The Stories of MG)

July 13 memoirist-poet Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, The Ticking Is The Bomb) and novelist Victoria Redel (Loverboy, Make Me Do Things)

July 14poet Louise Gluck (Pulitzer Prize, The Wild Iris; National Book Award, Meadowlands) and novelist Claire Messud (The Woman Upstairs, Emperor’s Children)

July 15novelist-memoirist Joyce Carol Oates (National Book Award; author Zombie, them, Mud Woman, I Am No One You Know, We Were The Mulvaneys, Blonde)

July 18short story writer Amy Hempel (The Dog of the Marriage, Reasons To Live) and novelist Adam Braver (Misfit, Divine Sarah, November 22, 1963)

July 19novelist Garth Greenwell (What Belongs To You) and poet Peg Boyers (To Forget Venice, Hard Bread, Honey With Tobacco)

July 20novelists Rick Moody (Hotels of North America, The Ice Storm, Purple America) and Kathryn Davis (Duplex, The Thin Place, Versailles)

July 21novelist Russell Banks (Cloudsplitter, Rule Of The Bone, The Sweet Hereafter) and poet Chase Twichell (Horses Where The Answers Should Have Been)

July 22poet Robert Pinsky (former Poet-Laureate of the United States; author Gulf Music, The Figured Wheel, The Want Bone, At The Foundling Hospital)

July 23Comedy Night with Robert Pinsky (The Want Bone, The Figured Wheel), Binnie Kirshenbaum (Hester In The Ruins, A Disturbance In One Place) and Steve Stern (The Frozen Rabbi, The Book Of Mischief)

July 25 novelist William Kennedy (Pulitzer Prize Ironweed; Roscoe) and novelist Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban

July 26novelist Joseph O’ Neill (Netherland, The Dog) and novelist Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances, Little Labors)

July 27Presidential Election Panel: writers Jim Miller (The Passion of Michel Foucault, Democracy Is In The Streets), Katha Pollitt (National Magazine Award for Subject To Debate; columnist for The Nation magazine) and Tom Healy (What The Right Hand Knows, Animal Spirits)

July 28novelist-memoirist Jamaica Kincaid (Mister Potter, See Now Then) and poet Henri Cole (Pierce The Skin, Nothing To Declare)

July 29Two Pulitzer-Prize Winners: Novelist Paul Harding (Tinkers, Enon) and Poet Carl Dennis (Unknown Friends, Practical Gods, New & Selected Poems)

July 30: End of the 2016 season of NY State Summer Writers Institute