Summer Writers' Week 2018

Join us for a week of writing: June 18 - June 22

Register now!

Dani Shapiro

Keynote Reader & Fiction Workshop Instructor

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her stories and essays have appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, Granta, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and have been broadcast on “This American Life”.  Dani has been Oprah Winfrey’s guest on”Super Soul Sunday.” She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University; she currently teaches private workshops nationally and internationally, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. 

Summer Writers' Week Program Details

Registration now available ♦ Housing available ♦ Schedule subject to change

***Housing: $200 for five nights (Sunday through Thursday). Participants stay in a single room in a suite with other workshop participants. Towels and sheets included.
Participants are strongly encouraged to stay on campus for a full-immersion experience
Participants select one genre of concentration and attend genre workshops each morning.
Early discounted registration opens Feb 15. Regular rate of $750 begins April 1



Dramatic Writing Workshop:
Sharbari Ahmed

Bangladeshi-American screenwriter, playwright, and author Sharbari Ahmed was a member of the sharbariwriting team for the network series Quantico. The screenplay for Ahmed's debut feature film, Raisins Not Virgins, was one of the 37 projects selected by the Tribeca Film Institute for their annual Tribeca All Access program. She is author of the story collection, The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai. Sharbari earned an MFA from NYU and lives in Connecticut.


Poetry Workshop:
Melissa Tuckey

Melissa Tuckey is a co-founder of Split This Rock, a national organization Melissa Tuckeydedicated to poetry of provocation and witness. She is author of a book of poems, Tenuous Chapel, selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Award in 2013, and is editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, forthcoming in fall of 2017 from University of Georgia Press. Recent poems have appeared in Cutthroat, Kenyon Review, and Missouri Review. Melissa has a background in environmental activism and an MFA from George Mason University. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

Michael McGregor

Non-Fiction Workshop:
Michael N. McGregor

Michael N. McGregor is the author of Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, Fordham University Press, a finalist for a Washington State Book Award and several other prizes. His essays, articles and stories have been widely published in journals and magazines, includingmichael_mcgregor The Seattle Review, Story Quarterly, Poetry, The South Dakota Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Notre Dame Magazine and The Dictionary of Literary Biography. Among his honors and awards are the Daniel Curley Award for Short Fiction, an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Grant and a Best American Essays Notable Essay selection. McGregor is an award-winning professor and former director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Portland State University.

Afternoon Craft Sessions

Each afternoon, Summer Writers’ Week participants select from a variety of craft panels and mini-workshops.

These will include:
• Writing commercial fiction
• Preparing your poetry manuscript
• Graphic novel short-course
• Starting a small press
• Writing for young adults
And more...


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