SWI faculty member Deanna Benjamin: “It was really valuable for the students to hear his perspective. And as an instructor, it was a pleasure to listen to his story.”
SWI faculty member’s collection “All the Flowers Kneeling” selected for contemporary poetry series.
Grant funds development of outstanding online teaching and learning strategies.
Deborah Taffa’s memoir Kiva Song was chosen as the winner of the SFWP Literary Award Prize by Carmen Maria Machado. Congratulations, Deborah!
Deborah Taffa reflects on her Native American heritage—and the intergenerational burden of trauma—in an upcoming memoir.
Jeanette Cooperman interviews the author about his award-winning collection of linked stories, “Avery Colt Is a Snake. A Thief. A Liar.”
In just a few weeks, Summer Writers Institute at Washington University will begin, offering seven creative writing courses taught across a two-week period in July.
Every year, St. Louis’ summer seasons brings sunlit patios, neighborhood festivals, outdoor adventures—and Washington University’s Summer Writers Institute (SWI). Taught on nights and weekends through University College, the Institute is the perfect chance for potential students across experience levels to brush up on their writing skills.
SWI’s Sylvia Sukop celebrates the legacy of literary St. Louis and its thriving writing community today
Washington University’s Summer Writers Institute (SWI) has brought a number of acclaimed writers, professors poets and memoirists to St. Louis to teach or take courses over the years. Two such writers, author Susan Perabo, and Kristina Darling, discuss the program from two different junctures: Darling as a former student, and Perabo as a fiction workshop instructor for this year’s program.
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis is one of the finest in the country, with a renowned lineup of instructors, alums and students.
Review by Tom Simpson, The Kenyon Review.
Review by JoAnna Novak, Los Angeles Review of Books.
Interview by with Emma Winsor Wood, The Rumpus.
What began in 1996 in an effort to build community among regional writers has evolved into a creative force of energy that enables entry into both the St. Louis writing community and the rich literary tradition of Washington University.