Writers' Workshop

Celebrating its 20th year, the Writers’ Workshop Series continues with a slate of authors who write in a variety of genres.

The Fall 2017 series presents the following visiting writers; read more on our blog post here.

  • Monday, October 16: Madeleine Blais P’00, ’04
  • Monday, November 6: Timothy Donnelly
  • Friday, November 10: Colum McCann
  • Tuesday, January 23: Nic Stone

List of Visiting Writers from Past Workshops


Steve Bloom
Keri Smith
Laura Tillman
Andy Ward


Ian Cheney
John Katzenbach P’00, ’04
David Maraniss
Debra Monroe


George Colt
Jennifer duBois
Anne Fadiman
Joan Wickersham


Elinor Lipman P’00
Rebecca Makkai
Patricia McCormick
Mary Jo Salter


Christopher Benfey
Jennifer duBois '02
Anita Shreve
Mo Willems


Lynne Barrett
Andre Dubus III
Nikky Finney
Alison Pace


Anita Shreve
Anthony Giardin
Arthur Golden
Augusten Burroughs
Bill Littlefield
Bret Lott
Cammie McGovern
Cathleen Schine
Chic Eglee
Chris Bohjalian
Curtis Sittenfeld
Daniel Jones
David Huddle
David Stern
Deborah Monroe
Elinor Lipman
Elizabeth Alexander
Frederick Reiken
Gregory Maguire
Helen Fremont
James Tate
Jill McCorkle
Joan Wickersham
Jodi Picoult
John Edgar Weideman
John Katzenbach
John Marks
Jonathan Harr
Joseph Ellis
Joseph Nocera
Kevin Sweeney
Kurt Brown
Laure-Anne Bosselaire
Les Standiford
Madeleine Blais
Mameve Medwed
Martín Espada
Mary Jo Salter
Meg Wolitzer
Nora Raleigh Baskin
Pam Houston
Peter Smith
Philip Caputo
Richard Russo
Robert Meeropol
Roland Merullo
Seabastian Stuart
Stacy Schiff
Sue Miller
Susan Snively
Suzanne Strempek Shea
Thomas French
Tom Perrotta
Tracy Kidder
Wally Lamb
Wyn Cooper

History of the Writers' Workshop

Founded by celebrated authors and Williston parents Elinor Lipman P'00 and Madeleine Blais P'00, '04, The Writers' Workshop Series began in 1998 as an advanced class for aspiring student writers.

Four times throughout the course, a well-established writer comes to campus for a public reading followed by hands-on instruction for members of the class. Poets, playwrights, novelists, and nonfiction writers have all offered insight on the process of writing and how they find their sources of inspiration.

Since its inception, the series has hosted an impressive group of accomplished authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Richard Russo (Empire Falls), Tracy Kidder P'92 (The Soul of a New Machine), and Philip Caputo (A Rumor of War), as well as Wally Lamb (She's Come Undone), Anita Shreve P'06, '07 (The Pilot's Wife), Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha), and many other outstanding guests.

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