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?

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Noon Workshop
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Craft Talk
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Generative Session
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Coffee Break
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Craft Talk/Event
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Book Sales
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Reading
9 p.m. Social Activity

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 and will be served in The Pub at the Siegel Center. 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 equipped with A/C. Your room will be set up with a twin bed, dresser, desk, and lamp. There are basic supplies in your room including soap, plastic bag for garbage, linen, and towel.

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 percent discount for the 5th annual Publish and Promote Your Book Conference on Saturday, June 23 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 can register for Pitch Sessions and discuss their book with up to three agents/editors for 10 minutes each.