Summer Literary Seminars (SLS) is one of the world’s foremost, one-of- a-kind international literary and cultural organizations, founded in 1998 and currently operating on three continents: North America (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Europe (Tbilisi, Georgia), and Africa (Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya).

After ten years

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SLS Kenya

In December 2018, SLS Kenya will offer two workshops/residencies: the first in the Loita Hills territory of the Maasai land, in the Southern Rift Valley, some 25 miles from the world-famous Maasai Mara Natural Reserve; the second on the equatorial

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SLS Georgia

After the remarkable success of our flagship 2017 program in Tbilisi, Georgia, we will be returning in 2018, from July 15–28.  The rich literary tradition and culture of Georgia has inspired countless international poets

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To apply for the Georgia 2018 program, please fill in an application form by clicking here. The cost of tuition is $1950 USD.

We ask for a $150 USD deposit and a writing sample (10-15 pages of poetry; no more than 20-25

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From the Archives: First SLS, St. Petersburg 1998

December 6, 2016 | No Comments

The very first incarnation of Summer Literary Seminars took place in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1998. In the past eighteen years, it has become the world’s foremost, entirely one-of-a-kind international literary study and cultural organization, operating on three continents: North Read more »


SLS Georgia 2017 Faculty Spotlight: Josip Novakovitch

November 29, 2016 | No Comments


Josip Novakovich, one of the faculty for SLS Georgia 2017, is the author of April Fool’s Day: A Novel, four short story collections, three essay collections, and has had his work anthologized in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. He Read more »


Writer’s House of Georgia

November 22, 2016 | No Comments

“In 1921, after Georgia’s sovietization, Akaki Khoshtaria was forced to leave the country and immigrate. With the decree of Revolutionary Committee of Soviet Georgia, on the 3rd day of the Sovietization, on February 28, 1921, the house was bestowed to Read more »


Alien Taste – Binyavanga Wainaina

October 23, 2016 | No Comments

“There are times that even Graham believes the story he has peddled for so many years, about how he came to be gay. That he had always known; that he used to dress up in his mother; that he had Read more »


Announcing the Winners of #SLSContest!

July 26, 2016 | No Comments

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the SLS Twitter contest (#SLSContest), as judged by Arjun Basu. Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners!

1st place: Omar A. Mohammed ‏(@shurufu)
Of the first-place entry, contest judge Arjun Read more »