Writer's Seminar in New York


The New York Seminar serves as a culmination of the The Writer's Path at SMU, and as such, carries several prerequisites: six required courses before Revision, a complete original novel, and our selection process. These requirements help our students move from course to course within the program along pre-determined paths that contribute to their success and help them gain specific skills and reach certain benchmarks before moving on to the next level. Following these prerequisites ensures the highest quality and the greatest readiness for the New York Seminar applicants.

New York alum from any year may submit with a NEW book. New York Process alum (who went through the experience, but did not get selected) may enter with a NEW book at the Editorial Review stage. New York Process alum who want to submit the same book must start again with Revision.


              Novel Track prerequisites change, given the shifts in the industry and the opportunity we see to better prepare you for New York (or other publishing options). Starting with the NY 2017 group they are: Creative Writing Foundation, Story, Plot, Heroic Chapters, Chapters, Revision -- which requires a complete mss and approval before class. After Revision, the next year is divided into periods of writing as a group and specialized programs: ReWrite, Rest, Grammar Level Up, Rewrite and Synopsis, Editorial Review, Rewrite, Polish & Query, NY Submission (in August 2017).


             All students who begin Revision have the advantage of all classes until the NY Submission.      



  1.  Novel Track prerequisites from 2015 to 2017

    • Creative Writing Foundation                    
    • Story

    • Plot

    • Heroic Chapters

    • Chapters        
    • Revision (complete mss approval required before class)
    • Polish

    • (submission process) New York Editorial

    • ReWrite

    • Final Polish


  1. Narrative Nonfiction Track

    • Creative Writing Foundation

    • The Proposal


*For students who began the program before the fall of 2009, former prerequisites apply (though we suggest the newer, more robust plan):

  1. Novel Track

    • Creative Writing Introduction

    • The Novel: Story

    • The Novel: Plot

    • Novel/Narrative Nonfiction III: Polish


  1. Narrative Nonfiction Track

    • Creative Writing Introduction

    • Narrative Nonfiction I: Ideas & Elements

    • Narrative Nonfiction II: Organize & Implement

    • Novel/Narrative Nonfiction III: Polish