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Moscow school of new literature


The goal of the Moscow school of new literature is to contribute to the change of the modern Russian-language literary process and the emergence of a new generation of authors who can talk about modernity and private/collective experience in an original and adequate modern language.

Terms and price of the training: 2 years (4 terms) 215 000 rub per year. Training start: October 1st, 2019. Application deadline: May 1st – August 19th 2019


Modern Russian literature has stuck in timelessness. It is trying to get out of the trap of its own past and almost does not notice the present, and when it does, it cannot really see it and pick up a language to describe it… (read full text)

Who it is for

This is a program for those who want:

  • To find a new language to describe reality and personal experience
  • To create a modern text or project related to literature
  • to learn and understand modern Russian and foreign literary process
  • to start writing or carry out literature-related projects professionally (supervising, publishing, producing in the field of literature, cultural project management, journalism)
  • to get a basic liberal arts education
  • to be inside the modern literary process


There are three directions in the Moscow literature school:

I. Modern writing Supervisors: Oksana Vasyakina (poetry) and Evgenia Nekrasova (prose) During the course, Master’s students, together with supervisors and invited teachers, will be engaged in the search for an adequate modern language, which through prose or poetry could describe the reality through the prism of author’s experience and view.

The program includes – studying various narrative practices and languages – learning the basics of plot construction – working with experience to create a literary text – creating the objective world of the text – searching for and developing topics adequate to reality – searching for a character and creating his image – practicing slow reading and discussion of texts – letter writing practice

Invited lecturers and teachers of master classes: Jonathan Brooks Platt, Olga Breininger, Ksenia Buksha, Ilya Danishevsky, Oleg Dorman, Ilya Kukulin, Yevgenia Lavut, Stanislav Lvovsky, Maria Nesterenko, Lev Oborin, Maria Stepanova, Alexey Polyarinov, Elena Fanaylova, Tatyana Scherbina and others

II. Modern literary process and literary management Supervisors: Evgenia Vezhlyan (modern literary process) and Tatyana Novoselova (literary management) In this section, Master’s students will be acquainted with significant texts of current literature and study tools for their comprehension; they will learn formats of presentation and popularization of literature (festivals, contests, awards, exhibitions, performances, Internet resources). They will immerse themselves in the management practices of different parts of the literary process (publishing houses, literary agencies, libraries, museums).

The program includes: – study of significant texts of Russian and foreign literature – a review of the patterns of global and local literary processes – study of specifics of literary processes management -the basics of publishing – the basis of the profession “literary agent” – – features of supervising literary exhibitions – management of literary festivals and awards – management of literary institutions

Invited lecturers and teachers of master classes: Yulia Gumen, Anna Narinskaya, Boris Kupriyanov, Irina Prokhorova, Andrei Rodionov, Ekaterina Troepolskaya, George Urushadze and others

III. Script laboratory (together with MSNC). Supervisor: Evgeniya Nekrasova Within the laboratory, students will learn not only to build the structure of the script, to create an image of a character and the setting of the story, but also to develop an emotional change of the story.

The program includes: – developing ideas for the script – creating an image of the character – building the structure of the story – translating the story into a cinema language – creating an authentic world of the script – сways of creating the emotional world of the script


At the end of the program, the graduate receives a Master’s diploma in “Management in culture and arts”, as well as a diploma of advanced training course in «Literary creation»..

Master’s degree general curriculum

1st term

  • History of European philosophy
  • History of European literature
  • Introduction to the history of art
  • Introduction to psychoanalysis (Sosland Alexander)
  • Cultural studies (Kirill Kobrin)
  • Organization of museum spaces (optional)
  • Publishing basics (optional)
  • English

2nd term

  • Philosophy of the XX and XXI centuries (Elena Petrovskaya)
  • The latest trends in philosophy
  • The history of culture of the new time (Oleg Aronson)
  • Digital marketing in arts and culture
  • HR-management
  • Russian literature
  • Socio-cultural design (optional)
  • Entrepreneurship in the cultural field (optional)

3rd term

  • Contemporary art theories (Stepan Vaneyan)
  • Psychosemiotics (Marina Novikova-Grund)
  • Project management in culture
  • PR basics in culture
  • Optional second foreign language
  • Art history and psychoanalysis

Research seminars

  • History and theory of everyday life
  • Memory studies
  • Basic concepts of critical theory (Ilya Budraitskis)
  • Postcolonial theory (Madina Tlostanova)
  • Gender studies (Irina Zherebkina)

Practice, internships, field trips

Practical immersion of students in the professional field occurs in stages:

1st year of studies:

1st term — weekly seminars where an intensive study of critical theory with leading theorists in the field of culture and art takes place

2nd term — internships in partner organizations: Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, Moscow School of New Cinema, SHAR School of Animation Film

June — visiting sessions in St. Petersburg and visiting museums under the supervision of teachers of the European University; practical seminars related to the museum life of Moscow

2nd year of studies:

3rd term — internships in partner organizations

4th term — work on your own project

Special programs

  • “Orphic Games” at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre
  • The practice of creating a hand-made illustrated magazine
  • Joint art-projects with Master’s students of other modules

Program benefits

The school does not have a classic division into prose writers, poets, and screenwriters. All the Master’s students will attend the course of actual writing, scriptwriting, literary management; learn the specifics of the modern literary process. Each student of the school will be able to choose the format of his future diploma: a novel, a prose cycle, a poetry collection, an essay collection, an exhibition, a performance, a publishing project, or any other

Leading teachers of the school will act as tutors of students’ projects and will help them develop their projects a concept to the final stage of implementation.

Educational environment and events

This is the periphery, which turns into an energy center of the educational process, because it is here that freedom is possible, which is necessary for the intellectual and creative transformation of reality.

Original author’s courses: Music theory. Music criticism (Vladimir Martynov). History of philosophy of technology. China (Vladimir Malyavin); Language of eyesight (Artur Aristakisyan); Theatre. Language (Anatoliy Vasilyev); Anthropology of death (Sergey Mohov); Autobiography (Valeriy Podoroga); Research of science and technology (Denis Sivkov); Color symbolism from antiquities to the XX century; Antiquity and modern popular culture; History of physicality and sexuality.

Laboratories: Laboratory of Lacanian psychoanalysis; Open translation laboratory; Interdisciplinary laboratory for the study of communication problems within the semiotic approach

Art projects: «Collective norm» — an online project dedicated to Vladimir Sorokin’s “Norm” novel and timed to his lecture, held at our University; «In search of Hamlet» — a project to create costumes for a play; implemented together with Stanislavsky Electrotheatre; «The Melting Apocalypse» — an exhibition, carried out together with Stanislavsky Electrotheatre; «Lost & found» — an audio installation interpreting the sound space of the university

Events:: Open lectures, events, reading groups, film screenings, and performances.The current schedule can be found here

Manifest of moscow school of new literature

Modern Russian literature has stuck in timelessness. It is trying to get out of the trap of its own past and almost does not notice the present, and when it does, it cannot really see it and pick up a language to describe it. When telling about the past experience, private or collective, Russian literature also cannot find a language that would be original and adequate to modernity. Mainly all this concerns prose, current Russian poetry perceives the reality more courageously, skillfully, and works with experience. That is why the most important prose in Russian today is that of poets.

Modern Russian literature does not hold a significant place in the world literary process, does not set trends, in no way affects the life of Russian society. Modern Russian prose is now in an unsuccessful search for a new character, new territories are rarely investigated, and up-to-date themes are rarely worked out. The reality is suffering from the fact that it is not subjected to a full, detailed, talented artistic understanding. And with it, we all suffer.

There are almost no large novels written in Russian that describe and work out what is happening to us right now. In Russia, they write very little, which is especially felt in comparison with the diverse and complex universe of English-speaking prose. In the modern Russian literary process, the connection between authors and publishing houses stays unestablished. There is no institute of literary agents – people who understand the literature, know internal and external markets, feel the trends and simply believe in the promoted text.

In 2018, there was a certain shift – a series of texts, written primarily by female authors, identified new and necessary topics, particularly everyday violence as an inevitable component of experience. This strong, nervous prose now is the main example of the development of new territories of modern Russian literature.

The goal of the Moscow school of new literature (MSNL) is to contribute to the change of the modern Russian-language literary process and the emergence of a new generation of authors who can talk about modernity and private/collective experience in an original and adequate modern language.

MSNL helps students to feel the present, to get closer to its understanding through the study of philosophy, anthropology, psychology, folklore, memory studies and other disciplines.

MSNL directs students to search for new narrating languages to talk about the present, past and future.

MSNL acquaints students with the current Russian and world literary process; so that they realize how much has been written in the recent past, what is happening with literature right now, and how to participate and manage this process.

MSNL is not a school in the classical sense, but a laboratory. It does not teach students to write, but teaches them to make sense of reality, to search for living, necessary topics and a new language.


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