English Department Creative Writing in Rome Program

23 Mar

The English Department still accepting applications to the Summer A-Term (June 16 – July 16, 2010) Creative Writing in Rome Program!

Application deadline:  This Friday, March 26, 2010 (thereafter we will consider applications on a space-available basis.)

JOIN a band of ink-stained writer-adventurers for a month of concentrated exercise and conversation in and about the Eternal City. This is Rome from a generalists’s perspective: history and geography, art and architecture, language and literature, the color and vagary and flavor of daily life all constellate in the writer’s notebook. Following in the footsteps of those poets, painters, saints and soldiers who for some two and a half millenia have traveled where all roads lead, we’ll sack the city word by cobble, in conversation, practice, and stride.

The Summer Creative Writing in Rome Program is open to anyone (undergraduates, graduates, alumni, citizens-at-large) seeking to join an intensive program in the written arts.

How to apply: Please submit a Letter of Interest, along with names and contact information for two academic references, to both instructors. This may be done by email [rhoogs@gmail.com and jwh476@gmail.com].

Your letter should outline your academic background and writerly interests and experience, remark on your reasons for wanting to go to Rome, and highlight what positive and special contributions you might make to a group constituted for maximum imaginative adventure in one of the world’s most remarkable settings. Formal training in creative writing is less important to us than pluck; serious enthusiasm; reliably good humor; and the willingness to walk until your shoes fall off, and then keep going. We will spend an intensive month living and writing in close quarters, at elevated temperatures, and with the city of Rome (beautiful, dirty, chaotic Rome) as our classroom. You must be good company. With that caveat in mind, the program is wide open. Writers at all levels of experience are encouraged to apply. No prior knowledge of Italian is required or necessary to participate in this program.

Credits:  Undergraduates will receive 15 credits [ENGL 363, Literature and the Arts; ENGL 490, Study Abroad Program; and ENGL 493, Creative Writing Conference].

Cost:  The program fee is $3,350. In addition to the program fee, all program participants pay a non-refundable, IPE fee of $250. Non-UW students pay an additional non-matriculated student fee of $200. The program fee includes accommodation, tuition, facilities at the Palazzo Pio, field trips, excursions, and most program-related admission fees. It does NOT include airfare, board, or personal expenses.

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