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We strive to create a rich conference experience both in and out of the classroom. We know writing is completed on and off the page, and occasionally writers need a break. We have sweetened the already abundant options New Haven makes available with special dinners, receptions, readings, and “salon” hours at a local watering hole.

Dinner with Faculty

To get to know your workshop instructor and peers, we have arranged an optional dinner.   On June 3 for Session I and on June 15 for Session II these dinners will take place at The Graduate Club at 155 Elm Street.  The cost of the dinner is $45 per person.  This is a great way to get to know your instructor and other workshop members in an informal atmosphere after your first workshop together.

Closing Receptions

At the end of each session, there will be a closing reception for all participants.

  • The closing reception for Session I will take place on Monday June 12 at the Provost House, 35 Hillhouse Street.  The traditional New Haven Pizza Truck will be on site with pizza, salad and gelato.

  • The closing reception for Session II will take place on Saturday June 17 at the Q Club, 221 Church Street with remarks by Francine Prose, followed by cocktails and lite hors d’oeuvres.  Afterwards, you can take advantage of the many and diverse restaurants that New Haven has to offer for dinner.


Faculty and students will be able to share their work through readings.

  • Workshop Faculty will read from their publications at the Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway on June 5, June 6, June 7 and June 10.  This is open to all participants and their work will be available for purchase.

  • Students will be able to read from their work to their peers during Session I on Thursday, June 8 from 9:30 am - 12 noon and during Session II on Friday, June 16 from 7 pm - 9 pm. These will be set up with your workshop instructors at various locations.


A Yale Tradition since 1849 is spending time at Mory’s. For those that arrive early or any writer that lives in the area, we will be holding an information get together at Mory’s, 206 York Street from 8 pm – 10 pm on June 2nd and June 14th.

The Buttery

Another tradition at Yale is the “buttery”.  Each residential college at Yale has a buttery, which is a late-night cafe with cheap food for purchase and fun basement games like foosball, ping-pong, billiards and a TV set. This summer, the buttery will be open for snacks on June 5, June 7, and June 16.  The Buttery is cash only for snacks, so make sure to bring your change!  You will have access to the buttery 24/7 to use for some student readings, casual get-togethers, writing, spending time or watching TV.  You will need to use your prox card (given to all participants at registration) to enter this room.