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About This Program

Our intensive summer writing workshops offer the writer's life to students of The New School and students of all levels who come with their own stories to tell.

Creative Writing Certificate: Paris Writing Intensive

Parsons Paris and the Creative Writing Program at the Schools of Public Engagement have joined forces to present a new non-credit certificate: Paris Writing Intensive. During this summer intensive, students will have a chance to focus on their own creative writing with a fresh perspective by attending a series of in depth morning writing workshops in the genre of their choice: fiction, nonfiction, or graphic novel/memoir/poetry. In the afternoons, students will take a closer look at contemporary French culture, examining France’s colonial history and Paris’s immigrant communities, and taking walking tours of the outer arrondissements. Instruction will also include lectures and literary seminars focusing on the published work of migrants and exiles who have made France their home. Authors will include Fatima Daas, Assia Djebar, Mohammed Dib, Marie NDiaye, Kim Lefèvre,Tahar Ben Jelloun, Edmond Jabès, Paul Celan, Aimé Césaire, and Frantz Fanon.

Summer Immersion: Fiction, Non-fiction, or Poetry

Generate writing quickly in these three-week online intensive workshops, offered in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Join esteemed faculty members who lead the group in experiments and prompts, exploring new possibilities for individual projects. Faculty guide in-depth discussions of student writing, and students receive close attention to their work and written feedback. Special emphasis is placed on creating a supportive community of writers.

This is a hybrid online summer intensive. Courses will be online synchronous with an asynchronous component.

Books for Writers

What better way to launch a summer of writing than a deep dive into three terrific recent books, one of nonfiction, one of fiction, and one of poems? This immersive course asks how authors do what they do and how reading and discussing nurture new writing.

This is an online asynchronous course.

Program Dates

  • June 3-21, 2024

What You'll Gain

  • A portfolio of new writing
  • New methods for developing and refining your writing projects
  • An experience of writing in a community

How You'll Learn

  • Guided conversation and written critique from a member of the writing faculty
  • Specialized work sessions
  • Exposure to work by contemporary writers and artists
  • Feedback from peers

The New School has been a vital center for writing since 1927, when Gorham Munson, the New York City editor, literary critic, and close friend of Marianne Moore, Hart Crane, and William Carlos Williams, offered his first workshop in creative writing. Over the years, our writing and literature faculty has included many of America's most acclaimed poets, novelists, and nonfiction writers.

The poets, essayists, memoirists, and novelists who have taught and studied at The New School compose an encyclopedia of modern American literature. A brief, incomplete, and somewhat random list of historical literary figures tallies Berenice Abbott, Joan Acocella, Hannah Arendt, John Ashberry, W. H. Auden, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Teju Cole, Billy Collins, W. E. B. Du Bois, Kay Boyle, André Breton, Jericho Brown, Anatole Broyard, Stephanie Burt, Anne Carson, Peter Caret, Lucille Clifton, Sigrid de Lima, Lydia Davis, Jacques Derrida, Ani DiFranco, Carol Muske Dukes, Jennifer Egan, Jeffrey Eugenides, Betty Friedan, Robert Frost, Louise Glück, William Goyen, Jorie Graham, Horace Gregory, Daniel Halpern, Lorraine Hansberry, Edward Hoagland, bell hooks, David Ignatow, Leslie Jamison, Alfred Kazin, Jack Kerouac, Jamaica Kincaid, Carolyn Kizer, Lisa Ko, Kenneth Koch, Stanley Kunitz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Madeleine L’Engle, Dorothea Lasky, Pearl London, Robert Lowell, Thomas Mann, Jacques Maritain, David Markson, Bernadette Mayer, Joyce Carol Oates, Jenny Offill, Frank O'Hara, Mario Puzo, May Sarton, Robyn Schiff, Tracy K. Smith, Layli Long Soldier, Gilbert Sorrentino, Mark Strand, Sekou Sundiata, John Jeremiah Sullivan, James Tate, Hannah Tinti, Charles Tomlinson, Jean Valentine, John Waters, Eudora Welty, Ruth Westheimer, Tennessee Williams, Colson Whitehead, Kevin Young, and Marguerite Young.

Since the inception of the MFA Program in 1996, our Creative Writing faculty have spanned an extraordinary retinue of contemporary authors. A brief, incomplete, and somewhat random list tallies Hilton Als, Catherine Barnett, Shanna Compton, Karen Ellis, Angela Flournoy, John Freeman, Mary Gaitskill, Carol Goodman, Lucy Grealy, David Howe, David Hajdu, Amy Hempel, A. M Homes, Richard Howard, Fanny Howe, Hettie Jones, James Lasdun, David Levithan, Phillip Lopate, Sarah Manguso, Greil Marcus, Douglas Martin, Patrick McGrath, Maggie Nelson, Sigird Nunez, Sidney Offit, Danielle Pafunda, Francine Prose, Camille Rankine, Lucy Sante, Jill Santopolo, Sapphire, Tor Seidler, Dani Shapiro, Prageeta Sharma, Benjamin Taylor, Lynne Tillman, Renée Watson, Sarah Weeks, Susan Wheeler, Tiphanie Yanique, Jenny Zhang.

Today, our master teachers (see current faculty here) are themselves celebrated authors. 

How to Register

No application is required to register. Please choose one of the courses below.

Official Transcripts

Transcripts issued by the Registrar's Office carry the signature and seal of The New School. A transcript is confirmation of a student's permanent record at the university. Students can request that their transcript(s) be mailed to other colleges and institutions by submitting an official request to the Registrar's Office. This can be done online at my.newschool.edu or by completing the transcript request form, which is available at the Registrar's Office and is downloadable from the Registrar's Office website (PDF). Standard transcript services are free of charge.

Academic records are maintained and transcripts are available for credit students. Please note that permanent academic records are not kept and transcripts are not available for noncredit students.

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