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Summer Writers' Week 2024

Each year, Summer Writers’ Week gathers writers looking to jumpstart a summer of writing by taking an intensive week of workshops and craft classes.

Retreat participants end up forming a close-knit community, one that welcomes back previous attendees and new writers alike.   

Summer Writers’ Week takes place in Manhattanville’s Center for Design Technology, historic Reid Castle, or Barat House, the University’s Creative Writing Center. Participants spend each morning in a genre-specific workshop taught by an established writer with a wealth of teaching experience. Afternoons feature craft classes, panel discussions or readings from workshop faculty. The event ends on Friday afternoon with a BBQ on the lawn outside Barat House.

This summer our genre workshops will be run by Amy Bass (Creative Nonfiction), Julie Sarkissian (Fiction), Vincent Toro (Poetry), and Sharbari Ahmed (Screenwriting).

The registration fee is $600 for members of the public. Undergraduate students as well as new and current Manhattanville MFA students may earn academic credit for their participation in the retreat. On-campus housing is available for $46.50 per night. 


Featured Workshops

This year, Summer Writers’ Week will feature the following workshops: 
Amy Bass
Amy Bass

Author of One Goal


Julie Sarkissian
Julie Sarkissian

Author of Dear Lucy

Vincent Toro
Vincent Toro

Author of Hivestruck, Tertulia, and Stereo.Island.Mosaic.


Sharbari Ahmed
Sharbari Ahmed

Who’s screenwriting credits include Quantico and Rickshaw Girl 

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Your Seat Awaits You

Register soon. Seats fill quickly




Cost and Accommodations


  • Creative Nonfiction with Amy Bass (June 24-28), $600 
  • Fiction with Julie Sarkissian (June 24-28), $600
  • Poetry with Vincent Toro (June 24-28), $600 
  • Screenwriting with Sharbari Ahmed (June 24-28), $600

  • Sunday, June 25, $46.50
  • Monday, June 26, $46.50 
  • Tuesday, June 27, $46.50 
  • Wednesday, June 28, $46.50
  • Thursday, June 29, $46.50 

MFA in Creative Writing Upcoming Events

About Manhattanville University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program 

Manhattanville University offers a 36-credit Master of Fine Arts for writers and aspiring writers.  Beyond simply being a degree program, however, Manhattanville MFA is a space where dedicated writers gather to hone their craft and build a creative community together.  Find more information about the program or begin the application process. 

Interested in joining our community of aspiring writers? 

  • Iain Haley Pollock Director, MFA Program Manhattanville University


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