Percival Everett, Sasha Frere-Jones, Rivka Galchen, Mary Gaitskill, Wayne Koestenbaum,
Ben Lerner, Fred Moten & Stefano Harney

Writing Workshops

Workshops are free and open to artists working in any media. To apply, please submit a brief statement of interest, and the workshops you would like to attend in order of preference by Friday, October 8th at 10am to writing@theartistsinstitute.org. Space is limited. We will do our best to accommodate as many artists as possible.


Graduate Seminar

Sasha Frere-Jones is teaching a writing class this fall for graduate students in the Hunter Department of Art & Art History. We welcome you to follow along with the readings here.


December 20, 3pm–6pm, RSVP

Mary Gaitskill: Favorite Stories

In this three-hour seminar, Gaitskill will talk about some of the favorite stories she’s written and about the craft of writing in general.

Enrollment for this workshop is now closed.

December 3–7, 10.30am–1.30pm, RSVP

Percival Everett: Writing Intensive

This five-day workshop will focus on the craft of writing, including style, point of view, narrative technique, and language. Participants will each submit a piece of writing for the group to workshop.

Enrollment for this workshop is now closed.

December 1, 2pm–5pm, RSVP

Ben Lerner: The Verbal and the Visual

This workshop will focus on the verbal and the visual, how writing can represent or complement or obscure visual art. Participants will submit writing for feedback from Lerner ahead of the meeting, and the group will discuss assigned readings, including the description of the Shield of Achilles in the Iliad, Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” and Barbara Johnson’s essay “Muteness Envy.”

Enrollment for this workshop is now closed. Please join us for Maggie Nelson & Ben Lerner’s public talk on December 14, 7pm.

November 28, 3pm–6pm, RSVP

Fred Moten & Stefano Harney: Deviant Complicity

In this workshop we will consider the theory and practice of deviant complicity and experiment with some protocols for the material (re)enactment of the aesthetic sociality that making art and life always bears.

Enrollment for this workshop is now closed. Please join us for Fred Moten & Stefano Harney’s public talk on November 28, 7pm.

November 14, 3pm–6pm, RSVP

Rivka Galchen: Fairy Tales

In this workshop, artists will look at two short fairy tales by The Brothers’ Grimm and then assemble their own short stories from visual prompts.

Enrollment for this workshop is now closed. Please join us for Rivka Galchen’s public talk on November 15, 7pm

October 22, 3pm–6pm, RSVP

Wayne Koestenbaum: Improvisation

In this workshop, we will muse together on strategies for incorporating improvisation into our various artistic activities.  Individually and collaboratively in the workshop we will do several improvisatory exercises and experiments. Writers and artists should bring materials with which to play, including paper, pens, drawing materials, etc.  Participants are also welcome to bring sources of inspiration for these experiments, whether scraps, objects, photographs, books, or other ephemera.

Enrollment for this workshop is now closed.