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Writers in Paris 2017

This summer, live and write in Paris.  

Writers in Paris students choose to focus on either poetry or fiction, and attend daily writing workshops, craft seminars, and literary readings and events. Writing and reading assignments are designed to encourage immersion in the city. For example, poets might visit the Louvre to write ekphrastic poems or create Parisian street sonnets by taking a 14-block walk of the St. Denis area, where François Villon lived, and generating a line of poetry per block. Fiction writers might study dialogue by listening for overheard speech at a sidewalk café or learn about description and setting by writing a story set in the neighborhood where Hemingway lived and worked.

Writers in Paris is open to eligible NYU and visiting (non-NYU) undergraduates. The priority application deadline is February 1, 2017. Please visit the NYU Summer Study Abroad page and click on "Apply Now" to find the application (which will be available as of December 1, 2016).

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Photos from recent Writers in Paris readings at Shakespeare and Company,
featuring former US Poet Laureate Charles Simic, ZZ Packer, Nathan Englander, Chris Adrian, Meghan O'Rourke, Jonathan Safran Foer and Darin Strauss.


2016 FACULTY MEMBERS

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Catherine Barnett (Poetry) is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and a Pushcart Prize. Her first book, Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, won the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award and was published in spring 2004 by Alice James Books. Her second, The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press), was the winner of the 2012 James Laughlin Award. Barnett has taught at Barnard, the New School, and NYU, where she was honored with an Outstanding Service Award. Photo © by Jacqueline Mia Foster.

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John Freeman (Fiction), writer and literary critic, was the editor of the literary magazine Granta, until 2013 as well as the former president of the National Book Critics Circle. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub. His writing has appeared in almost 200 English-language publications around the world, including The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Tyranny of E-mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox (Scribner, 2009), and, most recently, How to Read a Novelist (FSG, 2013). He is the founding editor of Freeman's, a new biannual literary journal.
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Aleksandar Hemon (Fiction) is the author of the Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. The Making of Zombie Wars, his most recent novel, was published in 2015. His first nonfiction title, The Book of My Lives, appeared from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2013. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

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Nick Laird 
(Poetry) Born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1975, Nick Laird was educated at Cookstown High School and Cambridge University. He is the author of the novels Utterly Monkey and Glover's Mistake, and three books of poems, Go Giants, To a Fault and On Purpose. The recipient of many prizes for his poetry and fiction, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award, the Betty Trask Prize, a Somerset Maugham award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, he has lived in London, Warsaw, and Rome. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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Helen Schulman
 (Fiction) is the author of the novels This Beautiful Life, a New York TimesNotable Book of 2011, A Day At The Beach, P.S., The Revisionist and Out Of Time, and the short story collection Not A Free Show. P.S. was also made into a feature film starring Laura Linney and was written by Helen Schulman & Dylan Kidd. She co-edited, along with Jill Bialosky, the anthology Wanting A Child. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such places as Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The New York Times Book Review and The Paris Review.  She is presently the Fiction Coordinator at The Writing Program at The New School where she is a tenured Professor of Writing.
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Zadie Smith (Fiction) was both in north-west London in 1975. Her first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award. Her second novel, The Autograph Man, won The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize. Zadie Smith's third novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won The Commonwealth Writers' Best Book Award (Eurasia Section) and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She is the editor of an anthology of short stories entitled The Book of Other People. Her most recent novel, NW, was published in 2012. Her collection of essays Changing My Mind was published in November 2009, and she is currently the New Books columnist for Harper's Magazine. Zadie Smith is a graduate of Cambridge University and has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is a tenured Senior Faculty member of the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Provisional Syllabus


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Darin Strauss (Fiction) is the author of the international bestseller Chang and Eng, and the New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, one of the New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember of 2002," the novel More Than it Hurts You and most recently a memoir Half a Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been translated into fourteen languages, and he teaches writing at New York University, for which he won a 2005 "Outstanding Dozen" teaching award. Also a screenwriter, Darin sold the rights to Chang and Eng to Disney, and is currently adapting the novel for the screen with the actor Gary Oldman. Another screenplay on which he collaborated is in pre-production at Paramount Studios. Darin was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing. Provisional Syllabus


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Deborah Landau 
(Director) is the author of three collections of poetry: The Uses of the Body and The Last Usable Hour, both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her other awards include a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. The Uses of the Body was featured on NPR's All Things Considered, and included on "Best of 2015" lists by The New Yorker, Vogue, BuzzFeed, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. A Spanish edition is forthcoming from Valparaiso Ediciones. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker The Paris Review, Tin House, Poetry, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, selected for The Best American Poetry, and included in anthologies such as Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, Not for Mothers Only, The Best American Erotic Poems, and Women's Work: Modern Poets Writing in English. Landau was educated at Stanford University, Columbia University, and Brown University, where she was a Javits Fellow and received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature. She teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, sons, and daughter.

2017 PROGRAM INFORMATION

Program Dates
June 24-July 22, 2017

Program Schedule
Monday-Thursday
3:30pm-6:00pm: Alternating days of writing workshops and craft seminars (each student is assigned to both a workshop and a craft seminar and has the opportunity to study closely with two accomplished faculty members)
7:00pm/7:30pm: Nightly readings & talks by acclaimed guest writers and editors (see a sample readings & events calendar here)

8 Points of Undergraduate Credit
Open to eligible NYU and Non-NYU Students

Course Information
Students register for one of the following courses, comprising a workshop and a craft seminar:

Writers in Paris: Fiction
CRWRI-UA.9818.001
CRWRI-UA.9818.002
CRWRI-UA.9818.003

Writers in Paris: Poetry
CRWRI-UA.9819.001
CRWRI-UA.9819.002

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions about the application process, eligibility, costs, financial assistance and general study abroad:
NYU Summer Study Abroad
Phone: 212-998-4433

For academic questions:
NYU Creative Writing Program
Phone: 212-998-8816

Email: writers.in.paris@nyu.edu