Summer 2010


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SLS Russia is on hiatus until 2011

Captiving images of the Siege of Leningrad Blockade: Now and Then.

SLS Russia-08 video: Ten Years of White Nights, by Ken Calhoun.

Welcome to the website of Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia—the largest independent international writing conference in the world.




"At first I was worried that the writing workshops would seem too basic or general to me because I've been in many workshops; however, they were high-quality workshops filled with bright, wonderful people. What a perfect situation: getting to see Russia and getting to hang out with a bunch of creative people." --Melanie Culbertson (SLS '03)

Please note that University credits are available through Concordia University.

Multimedia Feature:
Deborah Treisman, New Yorker Fiction Editor, in conversation with SLS Co-Director Mikhail Iossel at the Nabokov House in 2004.

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Literary Feature:

The Dostoyevsky Walk - James Boobar has been leading SLS Participants on The Dostoyevsky Walk for more than five years now. In this article he takes readers through the intricacies of the Dostoevsky's St. Petersburg, from wandering along the canals and streets of the setting for Crime and Punishment and Dostoevsky's old neighborhood, to following the path of his most famous protagonist, Raskolnikov, from his top floor graffiti-covered stairwell to the old pawnbroker's "residence."  (Reprinted courtesy of Post Road Magazine)


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