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The NYS Writers Institute offers free Community Writers Workshop programs as part of its role "to encourage the development of writing skills at all levels of education throughout the state," according to legislation signed into law by Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1984.


Previous workshop instructors have included poets Danielle Colin, Carolyn Forche, Gary Maggio, John Montague, Joan Murray and Ed Sanders; fiction writers Elizabeth Benedict, Elizabeth Brundage, Angela Carter, Lydia Davis and James Lasdun; and nonfiction writers Marion Roach Smith, LeAnne Schreiber and Richard Selzer.

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