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The Institute As we enter our ninth 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.

Classes are divided into two groups: one for fiction and one for nonfiction, each comprising a group of fifteen handpicked students who meet twice a week for an entire academic year. Each of these two groups will work with four of our top-editors who will discuss students’ written work over the course of two semesters.

The goal of these sessions is to have a distinguished senior editor look over your shoulder while you’re creating your very best work. Small groups of devoted readers and lively discussions with the best talent we could find will make these classes as exciting as the location of the program itself: in the shadow of the Empire State Building, in the pulsating heart of New York City, ten blocks from The New Yorker and from The New York Times.

In this magnet of worldwide publications, we will make sure that you cover topics ranging from book reviews to feature essays for our nonfiction students; while our fiction students will finally be able to iron out their challenges with pacing, structure, story arc, and, of course, style and voice.

Our goal is not to favor any particular form of writing, but to encourage students to find their own literary voice. With the rewarding guidance that a senior industry- insider offers, you will be able to explore the extraordinary range of possibilities offered by the print media world.

Tuition is $9,000 per year.

In addition to your unparalleled collaboration with our faculty, you will attend conferences with prominent guest speakers who will share with you their experience, both as writers and editors in the publishing industry.

This combination of professional input and unparalleled access sets our program apart as one of the nation’s most remarkable and rewarding writing programs out there.

The Writers’ Institute is directed by AndrĂ© Aciman, nonfiction author, novelist, professor in the Graduate Center’s doctoral program in Comparative Literature, and director of the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center.