Frequently Asked Questions




Will I get to select my workshop instructor?
During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to rank your preference for your workshop instructor. We will do our best to match you with your top choice, but we cannot guarantee this. All of our teachers are dedicated and talented.

What does a typical day look like during the Summer Seminar?

8:30 a.m. Breakfast
10 a.m. Workshop
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Craft Talk
2:30 p.m. Generative Session
4 p.m. Craft Talk/Event
5 or 5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Reading
9:30 p.m. Rapid fire student reading

How do I get to Sarah Lawrence?
The College is just 30 minutes north of Midtown Manhattan by train or car, and there are three major international airports—LaGuardia, JFK & Newark— that serve this region of New York. Please click here for more travel information.

What amenities are available if I decide to stay on campus?
All meals are catered. Meals will include vegetarian and gluten free options. At the end of the seminar, we also hold a catered reception.

Housing accommodations are in campus residence halls. Rooms are neat but spartan. All rooms are single rooms around a shared suite. Your room will be set up with a twin bed, dresser, desk, and lamp.

During your stay on campus, the swimming pool, fitness center, tennis courts, and squash courts at the Campbell Sports Center are available for use at $10 per visit.

Do I have to go to every event?
Attendance at every event is not mandatory, but we highly encourage you to attend the extraordinary lineup of craft talks and readings throughout the seminar. Craft talks and readings are often discussed during workshop classes.

Will I get a chance to share my work?
Absolutely! There will be nightly student readings where you will have the opportunity to share your work during a rapid-fire reading.

Will I have time to take a day trip to New York City?
The seminar includes a full schedule with daily workshop classes, craft talks, generative sessions, readings by visiting writers, and student readings.

I'm interested in getting work published. Will there be opportunities to learn more about publishing?
Participants attending the seminar are eligible to receive a 20% discount for the 6th annual Publish and Promote Your Book Conference on Saturday, June 22, 2019 through the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute. Highlights of the conference include a series of interactive panel discussions with prominent New York City literary agents, editors, marketing and public relations professionals. In addition to panel discussions, participants may pitch their book to two agents/editors for 10 minutes each. Please contact The Writing Institute at by April 15 to request the discount before registering.

I’m currently a teacher in NY state. Does the Seminar offer Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours?
Yes! Upon successful completion of the program, we can offer 30 hours. Please contact once the program is over to complete the necessary paperwork.