Robert Boyers & Robert Pinsky with student – photo by Jim McLaughlin
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I have to arrive and what will happen when I get there?
Check-in for the Writers Institute takes place on the Sunday prior to the beginning
of your program session -- Sunday, July 1st or Sunday, July 15th – at the Writers
Institute table in Case College Center. You should plan to arrive at the table between 3:00pm and 6:00pm, so you have time to get settled and prepare for class the next day. The Institute table closes promptly at 6:00pm. At check-in you will receive a packet of program information including your workshop
class schedule, visiting writers’ readings schedule, special event info, manuscripts
to be reviewed for your first class, information about campus facilities, etc. Whether
you are living on or off-campus, you will also need to register at the Case Information
Desk to receive your photo ID. If you are living on-campus, your ID also serves as
your room key card and meal card. The Case Information Desk closes promptly at 7:00pm. More specific details about check-in will be provided in a letter that will be sent
to all enrolled students in early May. Following check-in, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
on Sunday, July 1st and again on Sunday, July 15th, we will be hosting an opening
night reception for all students and faculty at The Surrey Inn located on North Broadway
across from the main campus entrance.
When are classes and other events scheduled?
Your workshop classes are held Mon, Wed, & Fri, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Classes are mandatory.
Be sure to take advantage of the following sessions listed below, which are optional,
but highly recommended.
Q & A sessions – Tue & Thurs from 2:00 to 4:00pm, featuring visiting writers.
Public readings and discussions – Mon through Fri evenings at 8:00pm.
Weekend special events – student readings, barbeque picnics, panel discussions and
More detailed information regarding all of the above will be available in your program
packet at check-in.
When do I have to depart?
Students living on-campus must depart from their apartments by 11:00am. on the Saturday
at the end of their workshop session (July 14th or 28th) and check out at the Case
Information Desk, 2nd floor, Case Center.
What are the living and dining accommodations?
On-campus housing will be in air-conditioned and moderately furnished Sussman Village
(Hillside Apartments). If you are staying on-campus, please note that your apartment will not be available
before 3:00pm. Your photo ID card will be issued at the Case Information Desk, 2nd
floor of Case Center, when you check in. Your ID card will serve as a key card that
will give you access into the apartment, and also into one of the private bedrooms
assigned to you. Because we are on a college campus, it is also important that you
be prepared for some minor inconveniences. Bathrooms are shared. Private bathrooms
are not available. Please note that the height of the beds is a bit higher than what
you may be used to, so items can be stored underneath. If you feel this may be an
issue for you, please let us know prior to your arrival. Review the Skidmore Guest Information pages. Thoroughly read the Summer Information Guide there. Once you’ve reviewed the Guide, please consider packing items that will make
your stay more comfortable, such as a small desk lamp, extra blanket, etc.
These items are also available for purchase at the Skidmore bookstore if you are unable
to pack them. A pack of linens will be provided to you in your room. Besides sheets
and pillow case, we supply a light weight blanket, pillow and small bath towel. We
recommend you bring a large bath towel and wash cloth. The apartments provide a refrigerator,
stove, and microwave, but cooking utensils, pots, pans, and dishes are NOT provided.
If you live on-campus, you are required to purchase the dining hall meal plan. Your
ID card will also serve as your meal card. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served
in the dining hall where you will have the opportunity to meet people who are enrolled
in your program and other programs on campus. You will find a large assortment of
foods, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free selections, at every meal.
Will there be access to computers on-campus?
There are public computers in a number of locations on campus where you can access
your email and browse the Internet. A computer lab with printers will be provided.
Printers are also available in the library. It is recommended that you bring a laptop
if you own one. Every apartment has Wi- Fi.
What about telephones?
There is a wall mount phone provided in kitchens of the apartments. If you call the
Case Information Desk (extension 5686) from the kitchen phone, the staff will be able
to provide you with the phone's number.
Can I use the gym?
Yes. Skidmore’s Sports and Recreation Center facilities include an indoor pool, racquetball
courts, and workout, fitness and weight rooms. Tennis courts are available on a court-available
basis. An outdoor running track is also available.
Where can I get information about Saratoga Springs and off-campus housing/hotels?
Downtown Saratoga Springs is a 10 to 15-minute walk along North Broadway, which is
known for its beautiful Victorian homes. Local transportation including trolley service
is also available. See Case Desk Staff for a schedule.
Can I receive mail while I’m on campus?
Yes. Mail for all programs is distributed at the Skidmore Post Office located on campus.
The correct address for incoming mail is as follows:
Your Name c/o NY State Summer Writers Institute Skidmore College 815 N. Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632
Will I be receiving more information about the institute and the college before I
Yes. In May, we’ll be sending all enrolled students a letter with more detailed information
about check-in, and instructions on how to submit the manuscript(s) that you want
to be reviewed in your workshop(s). This letter will arrive by either Email or Postal
mail, so be sure we have current addresses for you and be ready to follow the important
In the meantime, who do I contact if I have further questions about the Institute?