Hone writing skills and explore contemporary creative writing as readers and writers, using New York and its rich, cultural universe as a habitat.

Developing their critical reading and thinking skills, students will survey a wide body of work to understand the past, present and potential futures of creative writing. Students will discuss and analyze these works as readers while simultaneously learning to read like writers, honing their skills at understanding the underlying architecture of notable work.

The course will also function as a writers’ salon, an informal, free-flowing conversation designed to help generate and foster ideas as a group, increasing the depth in our work both individually and collectively. The salon environment challenges students to discuss complex themes maturely and dive deeply into text.

Over the course of the term, students’ interests will be developed into the proper proposals and pitches necessary to pursue commissioned work. Thus, the course is customizable with each student given individual attention to pursue their preferred literary goals.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will explore the various genres of the sprawling creative writing market and learn how to read, analyze, discuss and critique notable work.

• Students will investigate the most recent literary trends and learn about industry developments that have shaped the contemporary literary scene. Participants of the course will also have a chance to hear directly from industry practitioners.

• The course will expand students’ capacity to consider complex ideas with increased clarity and sophistication in reading, writing and editing. Students will interact professionally and intellectually with peers and gain skills and fluency for college-level seminar discussions.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Center for Fiction, Hayes Theater to view live theatrical production of Straight White Men, Gimlet Media office and various New York City museums. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Hasanthika Sirisena (author, Juniper Prize for fiction winner), Hannah Giorgis (Culture Writer, The Atlantic), Janice Maffei (Playwright and VisionFirst co-founder), Darin Strauss (Novelist, National Book Award winner) and Abe Streep (journalist and contributing editor, Outside, The New York Times Magazine).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*

Residential Program: $5,825*

Term 1: June 7 - June 19

Term 2: June 21 - July 3

Term 3: July 5 - July 17

Term 4: July 19 - July 31

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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