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

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: Master of Fine Arts

Graduate Writing: Master 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.

The Writing Institute

The Writing Institute

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 Writing Programs for Pre-College Students

Sarah Lawrence College offers two creative writing programs for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students: Writer’s Week and Writer’s Village.

Writer’s Week is a week-long creative writing program for commuter students. Students take a creative writing workshop in the morning and “The Writer’s Theatre” in the afternoon.

Writer’s Village is a three-week creative writing intensive for residential and commuter students, featuring fiction and poetry workshops, readings, and craft talks.

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.