Sarah Lawrence: A Home for Writers

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At Sarah Lawrence, writing is at the core of all we do—it infuses every course and brings life to ideas, experiences, and emotions. Sarah Lawrence students—of all ages and across all writing programs—enjoy the guidance, collaboration, and resources to enrich their craft, explore new genres, and navigate their careers.

The College has been the academic home of some of the greatest writers and thinkers of the last century; faculty and alumni include Pulitzer Prize winners, poet laureates, and Oscar and Emmy award-winning screenwriters.

Master of Fine Arts in Writing

Master of Fine Arts in Writing

Graduate students in Sarah Lawrence's MFA Writing program concentrate in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, or screenwriting. Regardless of concentration, students are allowed—and encouraged—to take classes across all genres.

Undergraduate Writing

Undergraduate Writing

A nationally recognized writing program in which students work in close collaboration with faculty members who are active, successful writers. Focusing on the art and craft of writing, students also apply their passion as writers to courses chosen from across 50 disciplines.

The Writing Institute

The Writing Institute

The Writing Institute offers in-person and online noncredit courses where everyone—from the novice to seasoned writers, pre-teens to retirees—can explore their talent and bring their inner writer to life.

The Summer Seminar for Writers

The Summer Seminar for Writers

Founded in 1993 by Thomas Lux and Jane Cooper and held annually in June, 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.

Summer Writing Programs for Pre-College Students

Sarah Lawrence College offers creative writing programs for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students:

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

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.