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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.

Recent visiting writers and editors include Charles Bock, Dan Chiasson, Edwidge Danticat, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Lydia Davis, Percival Everett, Jonathan Safran Foer, Linda Gregerson, Matthea Harvey, Edward Hirsch, Ann Hood, Marie Howe, Ishion Hutchinson, Leslie Jamison, Etgar Keret, Karl Ove Knausgård, Rachel Kushner, Ben Lerner, David Lipsky, Valeria Luiselli, Dinaw Mengestu, Paul Muldoon, Julie Orringer, ZZ Packer, Claudia Rankine, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Taiye Selasi, Danzy Senna, Brenda Shaughnessy, Charles Simic, Tracy K. Smith, Craig Morgan Teicher, Hannah Tinti, Ocean Vuong, and Rachel Zucker, among many others.

Writers in Paris is open to eligible NYU and visiting (non-NYU) undergraduates. The general application deadline is March 1, 2017. Rolling admissions will continue through April 15, 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.


2017 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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Nathan Englander (Fiction) is the author of the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. His short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post, as well as The O. Henry Prize Stories and numerous editions of The Best American Short Stories. Translated into more than a dozen languages, Englander was selected as one of "20 Writers for the 21st Century" by The New Yorker, and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize fro; the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He's been a fellow at the Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and at the American Academy of Berlin.

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John Freeman (Creative Nonfiction), 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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Katie Kitamura (Fiction) is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. Her newest novel, A Separation, was published in February 2017. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Grana, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.

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Hari Kunzru 
(Fiction) Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions, and Gods Without Men, as well as a short story collection, Noise, and a novella, Memory Palace. His novel White Tears will be published in Spring 2017. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2016 Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in New York City.
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Meghan O'Rourke (Creative Nonfiction) is the author of the memoir The Long Goodbye (Riverhead, 2011) as well as the poetry collections Once (2011) and Halflife (2007), which was a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain's Forward First Book Prize. She was awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Radcliffe Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Front Page Award for her cultural criticism, among other prizes. She is the poetry editor of T Magazine, and formerly an editor at The New Yorker, Slate, and The Paris Review. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Atlantic Monthly, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, and more. A graduate of Yale University, she teaches at Princeton and the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Matthew Rohrer (Poetry) is the author of A Hummock in the Malookas, Satellite, A Green Light, Rise Up, A Plate of Chicken, Destroyer and Preserver, and Surrounded by Friends. With Joshua Beckman he wrote Nice Hat. Thanks. and recorded the audio CD poem The All Seemed Asleep in 2008. His poems have been widely anthologized and have appeared in many journals. He's received the Hopwood Award for poetry and a Pushcart Prize, and was selected as a National Poetry Series winner, and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Recently he pas participated in residencies/performances at the Museum of Modern Art (New York City) and the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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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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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