Friday, November 13, 2009

25th anniversary of the Writers Institute

Please come to a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, at 8:00p on Monday, November 16 in Page Hall on the downtown campus.

Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak at this celebration. The event will also feature a short video highlighting the Writers Institute's history and memorable guests and events, as well as the release of the first ten selections of the Institute's list of "25 Uniquely New York Books."

In 1984, Governor Mario Cuomo signed into law the legislation creating the Writers Institute, giving it a mandate to provide "a milieu for established and aspiring writers to work together... to increase the artistic imagination." Under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winner and UAlbany Professor of English, William Kennedy, the Institute has hosted over 1,000 visiting writer appearances, screened over 400 films, and presented dozens of writing workshops, symposia, and special events, making it one of the premier literary arts organizations in the country.

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