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: nine required courses, 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 to ensure they 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.

Students with a complete manuscript and successful completion of one of these paths may apply* OR any NY alum from any year, with a new manuscript to enter at the submission process:



  1.  Novel Track prerequisites from 2015 to present

    • 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:

  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