Summer 2017 On-Campus Writing Workshops

The Creative Writing Program offers introductory and intermediate writing workshops throughout the summer.

Our summer writing workshops are open to NYU and visiting students. NYU students may register for the summer term via Albert starting February 17, 2017. Visiting students should refer to the Summer in NYC website for registration information and instructions. High school students should consult the NYU Precollege website to learn more about our precollege offerings. 

Summer Session I: May 22 - July 2, 2017
Summer Session II: July 3 - August 13, 2017

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CRWRI-UA 815 Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction and Poetry (Multiple Sections)
No prerequisite. 4 points.
The popular introductory workshop offers an exciting introduction to the basic elements of poetry and fiction—with in-class writing, take-home reading and writing assignments, and substantive discussions of craft. The course is structured as a workshop, which means that students will receive feedback from their instructor and their fellow writers in a roundtable setting, and should be prepared to offer their classmates responses to their work. 


Summer Session I

Section 2
TR 1:30pm-4:40pm
Razmig Bedirian Provisional Syllabus


Section 6
MW 1:30pm-4:40pm
Scott Gannis       Provisonal Syllabus

Summer Session II                       
Section 1 
MW 1:30pm-4:40pm
Jessica Ramirez Provisional Syllabus

Section 3
TR 1:30pm-4:40pm
Jessica Marion Modi Provisional Syllabus


(For High School Students) 
We offer two precollege sections of CRWRI-UA 815 Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction & Poetry (Section 60 and Section 61). Both sections meet TR 1:30-4:40 during Summer Session II. Please visit the NYU Precollege website for more information and application instructions.  

Francine Shahbaz, Section 060

Provisional Syllabus

Tess Gunty, Section 061

Provisional Syllabus



Intermediate Courses


Both of these courses offer an opportunity to continue the pursuit of writing at the intermediate level. Integrate in-depth craft discussions and extensive outside reading to deepen students' understanding of their chosen genre and broaden their knowledge of the evolution of literary forms and techniques.


CRWRI-UA 825 001 Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Workshop (Summer Session II)
TR 4:00-7:10
Maria Venegas
The Unconventional Memoir. We’ve all heard the term unconventional memoir, but what exactly is it and how do we emulate it? Is it a memoir that reads like a novel? Is it a work of nonfiction that feels more like a collage of poems? This course is a nonfiction workshop designed for students who want to experiment with bending the genres. Much of the work we will read and analyze in class has been written by poets and novelists—authors such as Michael Ondaatje, Mary Karr, Nick Flynn, and Tracy K. Smith—individuals who refuse to limit their creative output to one genre. Class time will be divided into two segments—workshopping students work, and analyzing craft techniques—we will analyze several pieces of literature to see how they are assembled, and then, using these as a point of reference, we will work on our own writing.


CRWRI-UA 816 001 Intermediate Fiction Workshop (Summer Session II)
MW 4:00-7:10
Leopoldine Core
Out on a Limb: The Art of Truth in Fiction. How does one achieve verisimilitude in a work of fiction? It often feels mysterious when it happens—a bit like a miracle or an accident. In this workshop, we will explore different ways of generating a living reality in fiction. Students will be assigned writing exercises and readings that emphasize, among other things: the art of dialogue, poetics, philosophy and existentialism in fiction. We will read stories by a range of writers including but not limited to: Yukio Mishima, Clarice Lispector, Jane Bowles, and David Foster Wallace—writers who help to illuminate the experience of being alive somewhat perversely—by questioning and reshaping the medium of reality. These readings will guide us in exploring our own methods of unearthing the truth as creators, and in responding to each other’s stories in the workshop, where students will be expected to speak frankly while honoring and encouraging the great risk that is present in every piece of writing.