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

Students will survey a wide body of work to understand the past, present and potential futures of our most pervasive literary forms. We will discuss and analyze these works as readers while simultaneously learning to read like writers, honing our skills at understanding the underlying architecture of notable work. Critical reading and critical thinking will also be a focus.

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.

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.

Site Visits:

Day trips will vary based on the instructors and terms. Past visits for a similar course have included:

Reading at the Brooklyn Historical Society
Hayes Theater to view live theatrical production of Straight White Men
Gimlet Media office
Various New York City museums
The New York Times newsroom and/or printing press.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:

Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include:

Lincoln Michel, Novelist and short story writer
Jon Cotner, Poet and founder of Spontaneous Society walks
Young Jean Lee, Playwright
Darin Strauss, Novelist, National Book Award winner
Sonya Goddy, Screenwriter

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*

Residential Program: $5,750*

Term 1: June 9 - June 21

Term 2: June 23 - July 5

Term 2: July 7 - July 19 

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

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