Writing at Sarah Lawrence College

In Sarah Lawrence College’s nationally recognized writing programs, students work in close collaboration with faculty members who are active, successful writers. The College also takes full advantage of its proximity to the New York City literary scene, with its readings, literary agencies, publishing houses, and bookstores—as well as its wealth of arts and culture.

Undergraduate Writing

Sarah Lawrence College's nationally recognized writing program presents students with dozens of courses in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction taught by a distinguished faculty. The program encourages students to explore an array of distinctive perspectives and techniques that will extend their own writing ability—whatever their preferred genre.

Graduate Writing: Masters of Fine Arts 

Graduate Writing: Masters of Fine Arts

Sarah Lawrence College's nationally recognized Graduate Writing Program brings students into close mentoring relationships with active, successful writers. Students choose to concentrate in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry, developing a personal voice while honing their writing and critical abilities. In addition to small workshops, students benefit from one-on-one biweekly conferences with faculty.

Semester@SLC: Writing 

Semester@SLC: Writing

Semester@SLC: Writing provides college and university students the opportunity to achieve their full potential as writers during a semester in one of the nation’s legendary writing programs. Participants receive a full semester’s academic credit and choose from offerings in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The program is offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

Undergraduate Writing for Stage & Screen

The Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Program embraces the collaborative nature of theatre. At the heart of this curriculum are focused programs in acting, directing, playwriting, and design, with supplementary offerings in production and technical work.

The College's undergraduate Filmmaking, Screenwriting, and Media Arts Program (FSMA) offers a creative incubator where students can explore narrative fiction, documentary/nonfiction, experimental film, animation, cinematography, storyboarding, directing actors, as well as producing, screenwriting, writing for television, writing and producing for the Web, writing for games, and game development.

The Writing Institute 

The Writing Institute

Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute non-credit classes are offered in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir writing, children's literature, screenwriting, the personal essay, and more.

Small classes employ the workshop method and provide interaction with a skilled and sensitive faculty and with other adults for whom the art of writing well is important.

Pre-College & Youth Writing Programs 

Pre-College & Youth Writing Programs

Pre-College programs at Sarah Lawrence College provide creative and academic immersion into subject areas that represent the strengths and talents of our faculty and undergraduate offerings, making the experience of study and creation at Sarah Lawrence accessible to pre-college students.

The Summer Seminar for Writers 

The Summer Seminar for Writers

Founded in 1993 by Thomas Lux and Jane Cooper, the Summer Seminar is a chance for writers to experience the Sarah Lawrence pedagogy, to work with a faculty of acclaimed writers and passionate teachers, and to spend a week in a stimulating atmosphere, where writing—and thinking about writing—is at the core.