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The Writers Forum at SUNY Brockport

Celebrating Writers and Writing in the Rochester Region
Since 1967

Founded in 1967 as an ancillary to the Department of English, the Writers Forum is widely recognized as one of the outstanding reading series in the country. A unique audiovisual project, the Writers Forum Videotape Library was started in 1968 and currently contains more than 300 interviews, readings, and discussions of craft with major contemporary authors.  The collection has been called “a national treasure,” and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation.

For further information:

Ralph Black/Anne Panning, Writers Forum
350 New Campus Drive
SUNY, Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: (585) 395-5713

Writers Forum Multimedia


Author Ruth Reichl discussed her writing, the impact of the Internet on food writing and more during her visit to accept the 2011 Art of Fact Award.

The Writers Forum is working on a long-term project to digitize the
Videotape Archive, going back to the first Forum visitors in 1967.
The links below will connect you to selected video- and audio
recordings. The audio links can be downloaded as podcasts.

Pilot Videos: (2000 - 2005)

Audio Podcasts: (1967-1977)


Author Sonja Livingston talked about her Brockport experiences during her 2010 visit.