Monday, February 06, 2006

New York State Summer Writers Institute

Passing along this e-mail from Robert Boyers at Skidmore College; please forward this opportunity to your writing students/ friends who are writing students:

To Teachers of Creative Writing:

A renewed endowment gift to The New York State Summer Writers Institute allows us to offer, for the second time, several FULL tuition scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students. The scholarships will cover up to $1000 for students applying for two-week workshops in Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Non-Fiction, and up to $2000 for four-week applicants.

It is our hope that faculty members will recommend--in a simple, one-step procedure briefly described below-- particular students who are likely to be interested in one of the following:

--Mimi Bresler Smith and Patricia Robertson Amusa-Shonubi Minority Scholarships in Creative Writing (up to 10 available)

--Borders Scholarships (up to 5 available)

To recommend students, you need only send me an email indicating the names and email addresses of those you have selected. I can take it from there. Please indicate which of the scholarships you are recommending for each of those named.

PLEASE NOTE THAT in 2005, under these same auspices, we gave a total of FIFTEEN FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS to students from Temple University, Brown University, Stanford University, Cleveland State University, Connecticut College, University of Rochester, and other schools.

The institute this year extends from July 3 to July 28, 2006. As always, the program is held on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and offers two- and four-week workshops taught by the following people:

--FICTION: Marilynne Robinson, Mary Gordon, Rick Moody, Lee Abbott, Gish Jen, Amy Hempel, Howard Norman, Darryl Pinckney, Elizabeth Benedict, Kathryn Harrison

--POETRY: Frank Bidart, Carolyn Forche, Henri Cole

--CREATIVE NON-FICTION: Phillip Lopate, James Miller

--Visiting Writers: Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Simic, Russell Banks, Caryl Phillips, Jamaica Kincaid, Ann Beattie, Richard Howard, Katha Pollitt, Francine Prose, Robert Stone, Michael Ondaatje, Louise Gluck, Michael Cunningham

If you would like to visit our web site, or to send students to the site, you (and they) can go directly to the site at: New York State Summer Writers Institute

I look forward to hearing from you with your recommendations--again, ONLY THE NAMES OF RECOMMENDED STUDENTS AND THEIR EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE REQUIRED. And please: All recommendations must be received BY MARCH 3rd. Thanks, best wishes,

Robert Boyers, Director, New York State Summer Writers Institute
Tisch Professor of Arts & Letters, Skidmore College

PS Please feel free to print out and post our flier announcing these scholarships. To view the flyer go to the PDF file at the following link:

Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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