Get Your Creative Juices Flowing at the Manhattanville College MFA in Creative Writing Summer Writers' Week!

April 20, 2023
A workshop during Summer Writers Week 2022.

Writers and aspiring writers from around the New York tri-state area will meet Keynote Reader, author V.V. Ganeshananthan, gain industry insights, and hone writing skills 

PURCHASE, NY, April 20 – Aspiring and professional writers alike will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an intensive week of workshops and craft classes as Summer Writers’ Week returns to Manhattanville College June 26 to June 30. 

Hosted annually by the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing program, this week-long series of workshops welcomes writers of all levels to gain valuable insight into the industry.  Attendees will be able to develop new work, refine existing work, finetune their writing process, engage with established writers, and connect with fellow writers.  

Iain Haley Pollock, Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program, is “excited to see how these workshop leaders will push participants to hone their writing skills, but most excited about the community that crops up every year at the event. Writing is a notoriously solitary pursuit, but the bonds forged in spaces such as Summer Writers’ Week supply comrades in literature who can help sustain a writing practice.” 

This year, the event will be kicked off with Keynote Reader V.V. Ganeshananthan, author of the novels “Love Marriage” and “Brotherless Night.” Ganeshananthan will lead a craft class and give a reading on the afternoon and evening of Monday, June 26.  

Throughout the week, each morning will be spent in a genre-specific workshop, where attendees will have the opportunity to work closely with an experienced writer who will provide feedback and guidance. This year’s workshops will focus on creative nonfiction (Davon Loeb, “The Inbetweens”), fiction (Jonathan Vatner, “The Bridesmaids Union”), poetry (Silvia López Medin, “Poem That Never Ends”), screenwriting (Sharbari Ahmed, “Quantico”), and young adult/middle-grade fiction (Sheela Chari, “Karthik Delivers”). The afternoons will consist of craft classes and an agent panel before evening readings from workshop faculty and local writers. The event will conclude on Friday afternoon with a barbecue on the lawn outside the Barat House, the Creative Writing Program’s home base. 

This workshop series will take place on Manhattanville’s scenic Westchester County campus, a beautiful setting that is sure to inspire creativity and community. The campus is just a train ride away from New York City, the cultural capital of the world and home to a vibrant writing scene. 

Summer Writers’ Week is open to the public with a $600 registration fee. Current and new MFA students may earn academic credit for their participation. Housing is available on-campus for an additional fee. To register, visit To learn more about Summer Writers’ Week or the MFA in Creative Writing at Manhattanville, contact 


About Manhattanville College 
Manhattanville College is a small, private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. For two years in a row, the U.S. News and World Report has ranked Manhattanville the number one private, non-profit institution in New York among Top Performers of Social Mobility in Regional Universities North. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The college serves  1,400 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from more than 44 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the college offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from over 70 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 45 clubs and 20 NCAA Division III teams. 

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Cara Cea,, 914-323-1278 or 914-906-9680. 


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