Writers in New York 2017






Writers in New York (May 22-June 15, 2017) offers students of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction an opportunity to develop their craft while living the writer's life in Greenwich Village. Daily workshops and craft seminars are supplemented by readings and lectures by New York-based writers and publishing professionals. Field trips, cultural activities, readings, and guest lectures constitute an integral component of the program.

Most classes and readings are held in the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, home of the NYU Creative Writing Program. Located on one of the most beautiful blocks in Greenwich Village,this historic townhouse has been a gathering spot for artists and intellectuals since the 1870s.

 It was in this building that members of the Tile Club, a group of notable painters, sculptors and architects, met and conducted their famous symposia. Today, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House allows students to learn and write in the same neighborhood where many writers—including Mark Twain, E. E. Cummings, James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Marianne Moore, Richard Wright, and Frank O’Hara—have lived and worked. 



Classes meet in the afternoons (2:30pm-5:00pm), Monday through Thursday (except for the second week, which is Tuesday through Friday). Evenings (6:00pm-8:00pm) after class feature readings, lectures, panel discussions, and special events. The schedule includes time for writing, reading, and exploring New York. The program culminates in a celebratory reading showcasing student work. This is a four-week program carrying eight points of undergraduate credit. Enrollment in the entire program is required. See the curriculum here.





All students attend a nightly series of readings, lectures, panel discussions, publishing forums, literary walking tours, and special events. Recent visiting writers and editors include​​ Emily BartonThomas Beller, Tina Chang, Leopoldine Core, Eduardo C. Corral, Lydia Davis, Ashley C. Ford, Anna Godbersen, Emily Gould, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Chad Harbach, ​Matthea Harvey, Adam Haslett, A. M. Homes, Mira Jacob, Major Jackson, Saeed Jones, A. Van Jordan, Etgar Keret, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Joyce Maynard, Eileen Myles, Angel Nafis, Daniel Jose Older, Julie Orringer, Ed Park, Aaron Petrovich, Camille Rankine, Dani Shapiro, Brando Skyhorse, Emma Straub, Wells Tower, Matvei Yankelevich, and Wendy Xu.​

2017 Faculty:


Cris Beam (Creative Nonfiction Workshop) is an author and professor in New York City. She is the author of Transparent (Harcourt 2007), a nonfiction book that covers seven years in the lives of four transgender teenagers, which won the Lambda Literary Award for best transgender book in 2008, and was a Stonewall Honor book. Her young adult novel, I am J, was released by Little, Brown in March 2011, and was named a Kirkus Best Book and Library Guild Selection of 2011, and is the first book with a transgender character to be placed on the state of California's recommended reading list for public high schools. Her memoir, Mother, Stranger was published by The Atavist in 2012 and quickly reached the top ten on Kindle Singles. Her most recent book, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, was released by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt in August 2013. She's currently working on a novel. Cris teaches creative writing at Columbia University, New York University, and Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University and has received fellowships from the Point Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Corporation of Yaddo.


John Murillo (Poetry Workshop) is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. His honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.  He teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.


Matthew Rohrer (Poetry Craft Seminar) is the author of A Hummock in the Malookas, Satellite, A Green Light, Rise Up, A Plate of Chicken, and Destroyer and Preserver. With Joshua Beckman he wrote Nice Hat. Thanks. and recorded the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. Octopus Books published his action/adventure chapbook-length poem They All Seemed Asleep in 2008. His poems have been widely anthologized and have appeared in many journals. He’s received the Hopwood Award for poetry and a Pushcart prize, was selected as a National Poetry Series winner, and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize.


Saïd Sayrafiezadeh (Creative Nonfiction Workshop) is the author of the short story collection Brief Encounters With the Enemy and the memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free, which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by Dwight Garner of the New York Times. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Granta, Open City, The New York Times, and other publications. He is the recipient of a 2010 Whiting Writers' Award.


Elissa Schappell (Fiction Craft Seminar is the author of two books of fiction, most recently Blueprints for Building Better Girls , which was chosen as one of the "Best Books of the Year" by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and O Magazine, runner up for the PEN Hemingway award, a New York Times "Notable Book" and a Los Angeles Times "Best Book of the Year". She is co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her fiction, non-fiction and essays have appeared in publications including The Paris Review, BOMB, The New York Times Book Review and SPIN as well as anthologies such as, The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, The Future Dictionary of America, Bound to Last and Cooking & Stealing. Currently, she is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, and a Founding-editor, now Editor-at-Large, of Tin House. She teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University, NYU and the low-residency MFA program at Queens, in Charlotte, N.C. She lives in Brooklyn.


Helen Schulman (Fiction Workshop) is the author of the novels This Beautiful Life, A Day At The Beach, P.S., The Revisionist and Out Of Time, and the short story collection Not A Free Show. P.S. was also made into a feature film starring Laura Linney and was written by Helen Schulman and Dylan Kidd. She co-edited, along with Jill Bialosky, the anthology Wanting A Child. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such places as Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The New York Times Book Review and The Paris Review. She is presently the Fiction Coordinator at The Writing Program at The New School where she is a tenured Associate Professor.


Darin Strauss (Fiction Craft Seminar) is the author of the international bestseller Chang and Eng, and the New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, one of the New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember of 2002," the novel More Than it Hurts You and most recently a memoir Half a Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been translated into fourteen languages, and he teaches writing at New York University, for which he won a 2005 "Outstanding Dozen" teaching award. Also a screenwriter, Darin sold the rights to Chang and Eng to Disney, and is currently adapting the novel for the screen with the actor Gary Oldman. Another screenplay on which he collaborated is in pre-production at Paramount Studios. Darin was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing.


Craig Morgan Teicher (Creative Nonfiction Craft Seminar) is the author of Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems (Center for Literary Publishing, 2007), chosen by Paul Hoover as winner of the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry; a collection of short stories and fables called Cradle Book (BOA Editions, 2010); To Keep Love Blurry: Poems (BOA Edtions, 2012); and the chapbook Ambivalence and Other Conundrums (Omnidawn, 2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including The New Yorker, The Nation, The Best American Poetry 2009, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review. He is Director of Digital Operations and Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly, a poetry editor of The Literary Review, a contributing editor of Pleiades, and has served as a Vice President of the National Book Critics Circle. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children.



Chuck Wachtel is the author of the novels Joe The Engineer, winner of the Pen/Ernest Hemingway Citation, The Gates, and 3/03, as well as a collection of stories and novellas: Because We Are Here.  He has also published five collections of poems and short prose including The Coriolis Effect, and, most recently, What happens to Me.  He has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts in both poetry and fiction, and in Spring, 2011, 3/03 received the Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work. His short fiction, poems, essays and translations have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals both here and abroad. 


Joanna Yas (Director) is the editor of Open City Books and co-founder of Editrixie, an editorial services company. She was the editor of Open City Magazine for over a decade, and previously held positions at Ploughshares, Grand Street, and Zoetrope: All-Story. She is editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review, and is on the editorial board of The Literary Review. She has conducted panels, seminars, and workshops on writing and publishing at several universities, including The New School, Sarah Lawrence, Columbia, and NYU, where she is the Creative Writing Program's Readings & Special Programs Manager. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, and she is the co-editor of They're at It Again: Stories from Twenty Years of Open City.


Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, MOTHERs, a memoir, and The Pedestrians, a double collection of prose and poetry. Her fourth collection of poems, Museum of Accidents (2009), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and she was awarded an NEA fellowship in 2013. Along with poet Arielle Greenberg, Zucker co-wrote Home/Birtha poemic and co-edited two anthologies: Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. Zucker is currently writing a series of lectures as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.