Am I eligible for Writers in New York?
Writers in New York is open to NYU and non-NYU students, including continuing education students and non-students. Although the program provides eight undergraduate credits, you do not need to be a current student. You must have high school diploma or equivalent by June 3, 2019 to apply. Additional information regarding eligibility can be found here.
What does the program entail? What is the curriculum?
The Writers in New York Program is a four-week intensive course in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry. Classes take place Monday-Thursday afternoons from 2:30pm-5pm, followed by a break from 5pm-6pm, and then a reading or literary event at 6pm. This schedule is designed to provide built-in time free time (Monday-Thursday mornings, and Friday-Sunday) for writing and for exploring the city.
For Writers in New York, you register for one course—either Writers in New York: Fiction, Writers in New York: Creative Nonfiction, or Writers in New York: Poetry. Each consists of a writing workshop (two afternoons a week), a craft seminar (two afternoons a week), and a series of readings, lectures, and special events (four evenings a week). Writers in New York awards 8 undergraduate credits, equivalent to two semester-long courses at NYU. In many ways the program mirrors the structure of NYU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing—the focus is on developing craft and creating new work, in an engaging and inspiring environment, under the tutelage of some of the most renowned writers living and working today.
Do I need to have published fiction/creative nonfiction/poetry? Do most students coming into the program have an established body of work?
It is not necessary for entering students to have an established body of work or prior publication. Writers in New York is designed to accommodate students with various levels of writing experience.
How much emphasis is placed on the quality of the writing sample?
The writing sample (1-3 poems or 500-1,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction) is your opportunity to show us the kind of writing you are working on, and your level of engagement with your craft. Please keep in mind that although the sample will be read carefully, Writers in New York is open to all levels of writers.
Will Writers in New York be too beginner or too advanced for me?
The program is designed to provide space, guidance, and inspiration for writers of all levels, with the city of New York as the backdrop (and as the muse). The format of the program is intensive—perfect for the dedicated student of writing who would like to spend the summer generating and refining work, all while studying with NYU's world-class faculty.
As a visiting student, how can I enroll in Writers in New York?
Visiting students should first complete the 2019 Summer in New York Visiting Student Application. Once you have submitted the registration form, you must obtain permission from the Creative Writing Program in order to register for Writers in New York. To do so, please fill out the Writers in New York Permission Form (you will be asked to indicate your course preferences and to provide a short writing sample: 1-3 poems or 500-1,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction). Both the Application and the Form will be available Feburary 1, 2019. Please see here for links and more details.
If I am a visiting student can I transfer credits from Writers in New York to my home institution?
Many colleges and universities accept transfer credits from Writers in New York. Your home school will have to determine if and how much credit could transfer, but you could certainly tell them that an intensive Writers in New York course is equivalent to two semester-long courses at NYU. We are also happy to provide program syllabi if your home school needs them to determine transfer credit.
Is there financial aid for Writers in New York?
Financial aid is not offered to visiting students, but for other options, please see the bottom of this page.
Can I audit Writers in New York classes?
Due to the intimate nature and small size of our classes, we do not allow students to audit.
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