Poet, actor and teacher Gary Maggio, pictured at right, is accepting submissions of poetry for a Capital Region Poets Workshop he will facilitate, co-sponsored and supported by the NYS Writers Institute. 

The free workshop will meet at the Albany Public Library’s Delaware Avenue branch Community Room (331 Delaware Ave, Albany) every two weeks, on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., beginning on January 22, 2020 or shortly thereafter. 

Application information and more details.

Gary Maggio

Albany Film Festival: We want your movies... and posters

Planning is underway for the NYS Writers Institute Albany Film Festival to be held Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the University at Albany. Save the date!

Along with special guests, film screenings and workshops, we invite you to contribute your originally produced short films.


Submissions will screened to determine the official selections to be shown during the film festival.

Albany Student Press story.

Call for submissions for short films

Awards/certificates and monetary prizes (top prize is $500) for the following:

Best Overall Short Film, 

Best Overall Student Short Film,

Best Comedic Short Film, 

Best Dramatic Short Film,

Best Experimental Short Film, 

Best Documentary Short Film. 

For submission details and deadlines, visit filmfreeway.com/AlbanyFilmFestival.

Albany Film Festival poster contest

$300 cash prize for the winner. Open to current UAlbany students. 

Design specs: Posters must be 2' x 3' and include the NYS Writers Institute Film Festival logo), date of event (March 28, 2020) and location (University at Albany).

Deadline: January 20, 2020.


Now you can listen to Paul Grondahl's podcasts anywhere/anytime.

More than 19 hours of conversation with 34 recent guests, authors, filmmakers, poets and journalists who have visited the Writers Institute in the past two years. 

Listen to our playlist on SoundCloud.


"Give a warm Albany welcome to Francis Ford Coppola." 

The NYS Writers Institute welcomed legendary director Francis Ford Coppola to The Egg's Hart Theatre in Albany on Sunday, Oct. 6, for the regional premiere of "The Cotton Club Encore," a re-cut version of his 1984 film.

See a video and slideshow. 

September 14: The Albany Book Festival

University at Albany photographer Patrick Dodson captured dozens of images from the Albany Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14. "I thought it was a great event with a very attentive audience," Dodson said. "I was particularly excited about some great moments between students and authors."  View slideshow below.

Links to our Fall 2019 season events 

NYS Writers Institute

Science Library 320

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

(518) 442-5620

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