The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College



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Join the distinguished Sarah Lawrence literary heritage at The Writing Institute.

Enroll in a noncredit course at The Writing Institute, where everyone—from the novice to seasoned writers, pre-teens to retirees—can find a class that helps them explore their talent, engage with a genre, and bring their inner writer to life.

Course offerings at The Writing Institute include traditional writing workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, along with specialized classes on topics ranging from social media to grant writing. Many writers who have studied at The Writing Institute have gone on to publish novels, memoirs, children’s books, young adult novels, and more.

Students in The Writing Institute are eligible for the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College, an award that gives two recipients a yearlong opportunity to work closely with a mentor on a writing project of their choice.

Since its conception in 1983, the goal of The Writing Institute has remained the same: to help each writer become the writer they want to be.

Program Overview

The Writing Institute helps individuals grow as writers, regardless of their current skill level or experience. Classes are small—no larger than 12 students—and use workshops to build a collegial community of writers. Through interaction with skilled faculty and students, participants become better thinkers, listeners, and writers.

Writing Institute workshops give students an opportunity to present work for critique and offer constructive critiques of fellow students’ work. Instructors help guide these discussions in a nurturing and noncompetitive atmosphere.

Summer 2016 Course Offerings


“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.” —Leigh Brackett, July 1943


"You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better." —Anne Lamott


"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." ―Emily Dickinson

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Writing for Stage & Screen

"The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Youth Courses

"As a child, I disliked books in which children learned to be 'better' children." —Beverly Cleary

Online Courses

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