Summer Literary Seminars (SLS) is the world’s foremost, entirely one-of-a-kind international literary study and cultural organization, founded in 1998 and currently operating on three continents: North America (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Europe (Vilnius, Lithuania), and Africa (Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya). After ten years

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SLS Kenya 2017

About the Program: In December 2017, SLS Kenya will relaunch in a slightly different format. We will be offering two workshops/residencies in Kenya: the first in the Loita Hills territory of the Maasai land, in the Southern Rift Valley,

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SLS Georgia 2017

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Summer Literary Seminars, one of the world’s preeminent international literary programs, is excited to announce our first program

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To apply for the Georgia 2017 program, please fill in the form below. We’ll then contact you at the email address you provide with further instructions and an application form. We ask for a $150 USD deposit and a writing

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SLS Fiction and Poetry Contest Results!

April 15, 2017 | No Comments

Announcing the winners of this year’s SLS Fiction and Poetry Contest!

Thank you to all who participated; we have received close to 500 submissions, with lots of strong work from every corner of the world.

1st place prize: Full tuition waiver for Read more »


SLS Founding Director Mikhail Iossel’s quick trip down memory lane: Reagan vs Trump, Leningrad, USSR

April 4, 2017 | No Comments

“In another lifetime, back when I was a very young man in Leningrad, U.S.S.R., my friends (my fellow samizdatchiks) and I would be stunned to hear the rare American visitors to our semi-underground literary club—experimental poets and avant-garde writers from California Read more »


SLS Georgia Faculty Spotlight: Tara Isabella Burton

March 14, 2017 | No Comments

Tara Isabella Burton has reported travel, religion and culture stories from Iran to Uzbekistan to Argentina. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist’s 1843 Magazine, and more. She has received the Shiva Naipaul Read more »


There’s still time to enter the SLS fiction/poetry contest!

February 2, 2017 | No Comments

There’s one month left to enter the SLS Fiction & Poetry contest for a chance to win a unique literary experience in Georgia or Kenya, as well as publication in Read more »


SLS Georgia Faculty 2017: Ariana Reines

January 3, 2017 | No Comments

“Ariana Reines is a go-for-broke artist who honors her traditions by being like no one else. Some of us have made a fetish of our stupidity, pretending to forget history, and some of us have made a fetish of despair, Read more »