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Coronavirus Program Update

Due to community concerns about COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Writers Colony cannot run as planned. In lieu of an on-campus offering, we are offering Summer Online Writing Immersion workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, available for three credits or at the noncredit level. The Literary Salons have also been adapted into online courses, available for one credit each or at the noncredit level. You can view a list of credit offerings in the University Course Catalog, and a list of noncredit offerings on this website. For guidance on which credit option, workshop, and literary salon(s) are best for you, please write to

About This Program

Discover the writer's life in New York City. This intensive three-week program provides a supportive yet challenging atmosphere in which to develop as a writer, whether you are embarking on a new writing project or developing a work-in-progress. You and your peers share and critique one another's ongoing projects in a daily writing workshop moderated by a member of The New School's distinguished writing faculty. Instructors also provide detailed written feedback on all work submitted. In the evenings, our literary salons bring notable writers into conversation with the students and faculty of the colony.

Through additional craft sessions and publishing panels, you can try your hand at specialized writing activities such as experimental fiction, food writing, or writing a walking poem during a literary tour of Greenwich Village. The entire Summer Writers Colony community gathers for celebratory readings of student and faculty work.

Note: The Summer Writers Colony directly precedes the New School Publishing Institute. Students may elect to register for both programs.

Timeline to Completion: 3-week intensive. 

Enrollment Type: Credit & Non-credit

Number of Courses: For each writer, the Summer Writers Colony consists of a writing workshop, three literary salons, and a variety of additional activities. 

Format: On Campus.

Tuition is: TBD. Academic records are maintained and transcripts are available for credit students. Please note that permanent academic records are not kept and transcripts are not available for non-credit students.


Program Details
Undergraduate students can earn 6 credits. The Summer Writers Colony is also open to noncredit students. Courses meet from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with optional Friday activities. Mornings and weekends are reserved for individual writing practice and for enjoying your summer in New York City. 

12:00-1:30 p.m. Supplemental Session (craft seminars, panels, and readings)
1:30-4:30 p.m. Workshop
5:30-7:30 p.m. Literary Salon

2019 Writing Workshops
The writing workshop is the core of the Summer Writers Colony program. Workshop classes are limited to 12 students. An experienced writer-teacher focuses on students' manuscripts, guiding each student in the creative acts of self-editing and revision through class exercises and private conferences.

Resources & Enrollment

Registration for Summer Programs begins on March 30, 2020. Registration for many summer programs may be done online or through a paper form. Some summer programs require a completed application; you can review all Summer Programs here. To add or drop a course, a student must have approval from an administrator of the program in question. 


First select a workshop from the three classes below. After you've registered for your workshop, choose one literary salon for each week and email your choices to

  • Fiction, Section A - Noncredit, General Credit (Sharon Mesmer)
  • Multi-genre, Section C - Noncredit, General Credit (John Reed)
  • Nonfiction, Section B - Noncredit, General Credit (Jessie Sholl)
  • Poetry, Section D - Noncredit, General Credit (Kathleen Ossip)

To register online, use either the Noncredit or the Credit link next to the course title to sign up for your workshop. Online registration requires a credit card. You can also register in person at the Registrar's Office.

The New School Office of the Registrar

72 Fifth Avenue, lower level
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.229.5720
Fax: 212.229.5648
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. 
Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

See the academic calendar for university closing dates. If you are registering in person, you can pay by credit card, check, or money order.


As a registered student in the Summer Writers Colony, you are eligible to stay in a New School residence hall. Affordable university housing is available within walking distance of The New School. Also, if you'd like more time to explore and enjoy New York City, you can extend your stay for one week past the end of the program. View the summer housing website at

All summer housing is shared. Our residence halls feature:

  • Suite-style units with kitchenettes and bathrooms with showers in the suite

  • 24-hour security

  • Air-conditioned rooms

  • Internet and cable television access

  • On-site laundry facilities

  • Reading rooms and lounges

  • Easy access to public transportation

  • Chaperoned/curfew facilities for minors (call for more information)

The application for housing will be made available to you after you register for the writers colony. Feel free to contact the Creative Writing Program or the Office of Student Housing with questions.

All questions about housing not answered on the website should be directed to the Office of University Housing: or 212.229.5459 x3610. Please identify yourself as a Summer Writers Colony student.

CONTACT: New School Summer Housing
72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.229.5459 x3610

Transcripts issued by the Registrar's Office carry the signature and seal of The New School. A transcript is confirmation of a student's permanent record at the university. Students may request that their transcript(s) be mailed to other colleges and institutions by submitting an official request to the Registrar's Office. This can be done online at or by completing the transcript request form, which is available at the Registrar's Office or downloadable from the Registrar's Office website (PDF). Standard transcript services are free of charge.

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