$13,500.00 per academic year
We offer an intensive, hands-on approach to make you a professional fiction or nonfiction writer.
One little fact most writers tend to forget:
If talented writers are eager to find editors who’ll publish them, editors are no less eager to publish new talent.
Three questions you need to ask about our editors:
What and whom have they published?
What are they looking for when reading a piece of writing?
What can they teach me?
Why the Writers’ Institute and not an MFA program?
Because unlike MFA programs we do not hire famous writers to teach our workshops. We hire the editors who make them famous.
Who Are We?
The Writers’ Institute enables talented writers to meet and work with New York’s most visible and prestigious editors for the duration of an entire academic year.
In 2010 Judy Chicurel’s story was published in GRANTA. John Freeman, the editor, read her piece in his workshop and loved it. Now Judy has a two-book contract with Penguin Books. As she writes: "None of this would have happened without the Writers' Institute."
As we enter our seventh successful year, our mission at The Writers' Institute couldn’t be clearer: to introduce talented writers to New York’s finest and most prestigious editors. Ambition and creativity are the mainstays of our workshops.
With our unique approach, The Writers' Institute offers a one-year intensive course of instruction capped by a certificate and priceless tips straight from the intricate workings of every editor's mind.
Savvy readers and brilliant sculptors of talent, members of our faculty currently represent publishing giants such as Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Knopf, Norton, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s and Granta. Make sure to check our homepage for their bios! And while you're at it, take a look at our roster of students as well. Read more...
The Quality of the Affection Part One, by Lloyd Lynford, appearing in GRANTA
The Quality of the Affection, Part Two, by Lloyd Lynford, appearing in GRANTA
Can We Drink Soda Responsibly? By Anya Sacherow, appearing in TIME
Abingdon Square by Andre Aciman, appearing in the GRANTA podcast
The Graduate Center’s Public Programs, together with The Writers’ Institute and the Leon Levy Center for Biography had the honor of hosting the event, “Exiles: A Conversation between Andre Aciman and Aleksander Hemon” at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Proshanksy Auditorium last night as part of the Public Programs series. Andre Aciman, originally Egyptian, and Italian, French, and New Yorker depending on the occasion, is the founder and director of The Writers’ Institute and Distinguished Professor and Chair at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Program in Comparative Literature. He is also the acclaimed writer of the memoir Out of Egypt and novels Read more…
Last night at The Writers’ Institute, students current, former, and prospective came together the CUNY Graduate Center’s Skylight room to enjoy the Institute’s end of year party and informal graduation ceremony. Founder and director Andre Aciman introduced the readers, opening the ceremony with stories of writers who went forward from the Institute to be featured in publications like Granta, to be quoted in the New York Times, and to sign publication contracts for novels. After getting to know each other over wine, soft drinks, cheese, fruit, and sushi, writers from various nationalities and cultural backgrounds took turns presenting work that Read more…
A piece by William Hood, a Writers’ Institute fellow, featured in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/opinion/my-dinner-with-martin-luther-king-jr.html
This week at The Writer’s Institute: A “Meet the Editors” event last night hoped to dispel the fear all writers have of editors, the almighty deciders who so often hold our fate in their hands. Generously speaking with us were an illustrious panel; Dorothy Wickendon, executive director of the New Yorker, Lorin Stein, editor at The Paris Review, Lucas Wittmann, editor of the book section at The Daily Beast, and Adam Moss, editor-in-chief at New York Magazine – undoubtedly New York’s top editors. Program director Andre Aciman introduced them by asking, “What is an editor’s life? Who are these terrifying Read more…
An authority on Marcel Proust, the literature of seventeenth-century France, and a host of other subjects, André Aciman believes in the importance of teaching and has always enjoyed his work as a professor in The Graduate Center’s Comparative Literature and French Programs. Yet in the course of this work, he noticed something. While his students could write in a manner appropriate to a scholarly journal, most seemed at a loss when trying to communicate with a mainstream audience that did not share their particular expertise. And the problem was not limited to budding scholars, but rather seemed commonplace among aspiring Read more…