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Renowned Writers to Teach at Sarah Lawrence Summer Writing Seminar

A collection of world-class writers will teach at the Sarah Lawrence College Summer Seminar for Writers from June 21-26.
A collection of world-class writers will teach at the Sarah Lawrence College Summer Seminar for Writers from June 21-26. Photo Credit: Submitted Photo

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo will be among a line-up of world-class writers teaching at Sarah Lawrence College’s Summer Seminar for Writers this June.

Applications are being accepted through May 25 for the seminar that will run from June 21-26 at Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Yonkers, N.Y.

The week-long seminar includes daily workshops in participants’ selected genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; as well as readings, craft talks, generative sessions, and one-on-one faculty conferences.

The Summer Seminar is run by the college’s renowned graduate writing program and is open to aspiring and seasoned writers alike.

“This is a chance to study writing with someone who is active and engaged professionally,” said seminar director, Jeffrey McDaniel, poetry faculty member at Sarah Lawrence in a statement. “Taking a poetry class with a Pulitzer Prize winner is like going to basketball camp with Phil Jackson.”

Joining Pardlo in teaching the seminar is New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, PEN/Faulkner finalist Jenny Offill, National Book Award finalists Emily St. John Mandel and Monica Youn. Other teachers include Mark Slouka, finalist for the British Book Award, New York Times bestseller Emma Straub, Adelle Waldman, named to the New Yorker's best of 2013 list, NEA Fellow Jeffrey McDaniel, American poetry scholar Neil Arditi, Best American Fantasy writer David Hollander and Juniper Prize winner Diane Seuss.

The seminar will also feature readings by participating authors each evening. The readings are free and open to the public.

Authors hosting readings are Offill and Howe, June 21; St. John Mandel and Pardlo, June 22; Straub and Hayes, June 23; Slouka and Seuss, June 24; Waldman and McDaniel, June 25; and Hollander and Kingsley Tufts award winner Thomas Lux on June 26.

Further information is available online at or by calling (914) 395 2371.

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