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We strive to create a rich 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, on Saturday, June 6st for Session I and on Saturday, June 13th for Session II we have arranged a dinner with your workshop and faculty member in the Yale Dining Hall. 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 Wednesday, June 10th 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 Monday, June 15th at the Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street with remarks by a guest speaker, 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 8th.  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 June 8th  from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm and during Session II on June 14th from 7 pm - 9 pm. These will be set up with your workshop instructors at various locations.

Film Screening

We will be screening "King of the Wilderness" and there will be a talk-back with Emmy Award Winning Producer Trey Ellis on June 9th from 7 pm - 9:30 pm.


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, 306 York Street from 8 pm – 10 pm on June 5th and June 12th.

The Buttery

Another tradition at Yale is the “buttery”.  Each residential college at Yale has a buttery, which is a late-night cafe with inexpensive food for purchase (cash only) and fun basement games like foosball, ping-pong, and billiards. This summer, the buttery will be open for snacks on specific nights.  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 area.