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The Program  

The Yale Writers’ Workshop faculty are talented and seasoned instructors with strong records of publication and teaching. Drawing on their unique experiences, instructors will provide a variety of their own materials and exercises designed to illuminate all aspects of the craft of writing. Sessions do not rely on a set curriculum but will instead draw on the expertise of their instructors to provide all participants with a uniquely tailored experience.

SESSION I: June 2 - 7

In Session I, writers will develop their talent while exploring broad issues of craft through intensive workshops, craft talks, and readings with published authors. There are 10 -12 writers in each workshop. Writers have the opportunity to meet individually with their workshop leader and to participate in a group reading. Visiting writers deliver additional readings and craft talks. And because we write to be read, we bring panels of agents and literary journals to New Haven for discussions and pitch sessions. Participants with book-length manuscripts will be invited by their instructors to participate in pitch sessions following the agent panel.

The bulk of a writer’s time will either be spent in the classroom with their instructors and peers—or writing and revising. The program’s schedule features daily workshops with time allotted for reflection and revision. Divided into fiction and non-fiction groups, participants work closely with their instructors. Come prepared to write.

Five classroom sessions with your instructor include:

  • Intensive group writing workshops with the chance for each participant to showcase their writing and to receive feedback/critique. (Participants will receive copies of their peers’ work in advance; each writer is required to submit a manuscript of 5000 words or fewer for critique.)
  • The chance to learn constructive criticism techniques that support productive feedback.
  • Instruction on technique, revision, and submission, along with other tricks of the trade.

All activities aim to build community and trust among participants.  Writers socialize with faculty and peers over meals, in lounges, and in Yale’s prestigious halls. 

Registration is the morning of June 2, followed by a welcome orientation. After lunch, writers will attend their first workshops and then gather for a welcoming dinner reception. Consult the workshop schedule for a full listing of activities, instructors, and guest writers.

SESSION I​I: June 9 - 12

Session II shares the same concentration on craft and technical improvement as Session I. Over four days, writers, in groups of no more than twelve, work with experienced instructors in daily workshops.

Each intensive workshop will include exercises and readings as well as discussion of student work. Each participant will schedule one half-hour individualized session with his/her instructor and will also be able to attend one craft lecture and one visiting writer keynote address. It’s an immersive four days.

Four classroom sessions with your instructor include:

  • Intensive group writing workshops with the chance for each participant to showcase their writing and to receive feedback/critique. (Participants will receive copies of their peers’ work in advance; each writer is required to submit a manuscript of 4000 words or fewer for critique.)
  • The chance to learn constructive criticism techniques that support productive feedback.
  • Instruction on technique, revision, and submission, along with other tricks of the trade.

Housing check-in and registration are on the morning of Saturday, June 9. That afternoon, writers will attend their first workshop meetings. On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, workshops will meet in the morning, and individual conferences and guest speakers will be scheduled for the afternoon. Student readings will take place Sunday evening. Faculty and writers continue the discussion over lunches and dinners; breakthroughs routinely occur over pizza and cob salad.

Consult the workshop schedule for a full listing of activities, instructors, and guest writers.