The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College

Our Story

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Wanted: adults who are serious about their writing and who seek an opportunity to explore in depth various styles and issues in writing.

When the Writing Institute, part of the Center for Continuing Education at Sarah Lawrence College, was first announced in 1983, the call was made for students interested in taking a noncredit class in fiction or expository writing.

Since then, we’ve grown a bit.

  • We welcome hundreds of students each year, and offer dozens of courses through out the spring, summer and fall for both adults and young writers.
  • Our offerings include your traditional writing classes, exploring fiction, nonfiction and poetry, but we don’t stop there! Interesting in publishing your piece? Writing for young adults? Mastering social media? Winning a grant? We’ve got the course for you.
  • Our writers have gone on to do amazing things, including publishing novels, memoirs, children’s books, YA novels and more!
  • Students are eligible for the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College, an award created by Kathy Gurfein and designed to provide two recipients chosen by a select panel of judges with a yearlong opportunity to work closely with a mentor on a writing project of their choice. Previous Gurfein Writing Fellows have been signed by literary agents and are published in newspapers, magazines, and journals. Read more about the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship»
  • Join us for our Fall Open House on September 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. and stay for our free writing class at 7:30 p.m.! Register here»

Through out the decades, we’ve never lost our commitment to our guiding principle: helping each writer become the writer he or she wants to be.

No matter your level of experience, we will help you move further in your writing. Our classes are small (capped at 12 students!) and designed to build a collegial community of writers. Our classes employ the workshop method. Through interaction with skilled faculty and students, participants become better thinkers, listeners, and writers.


Our Students and Faculty

Read profiles, interviews, and success stories from students and faculty of The Writing Institute. Read more»

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