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Trias Residency for Writers

Starting next fall, poets and fiction writers at HWS will have an opportunity to work closely with a writer of national reputation, as well as a renowned mentor in the process, thanks to The Peter Trias Residency for Writers. Through this new English program, a writer of national or international reputation with well-received book publications and an ability to teach undergraduate students, will participate in a one-year residency on campus to work with the Colleges’ best student writers. The resident will also offer a public reading and lecture, and participate in a service event for the greater Geneva community.

In the fall, the writer will be in full-time residency and teach an advanced workshop to select students. He or she will also organize a reading series that will bring two writers to campus, offer public readings and participate in community service events. In the spring, the writer is in low-residency and will work with a select group of students (three or four), making scheduled visits to campus and providing feedback and instruction on a bi-weekly basis through electronic communication, as well as offering public lectures, bringing two more writers to campus and evaluating students’ final portfolios. Students will be admitted to the fall workshop and spring tutorial on an application-only basis. 

The Trias Residency for Writers is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing. This valuable fund was established through a generous bequest from Peter J. Trias ’70. At HWS, Trias flourished as a writer. He graduated with his B.A. in English, and then went on to earn his MFA in poetry from Iowa Writers Workshop in 1972. In 1976, he published a collection of poems, The House in Venice.

Trias will forever be distinguished and celebrated here at HWS for his generosity as a member of the Seneca Society and as a consistent supporter of the Annual Fund. Though Trias excelled in many fields, writing was his true love, one he wanted to share with future Hobart and William Smith students. He designated Hobart and William Smith as the beneficiary of his estate to establish The Peter Trias ’70 Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing. It was his hope that this fund would attract poets and writers of distinction to the campus for year-long appointments to add distinguished voices to the creative chorus on campus.

For more information about The Peter Trias Residencey for Writers visit the website at or contact Melanie Conroy-Goldman, chair of the English Department and director of the Trias Residency for Writers, at


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