[Englmajors] Summer in ROME
bridget at u.washington.edu
Tue Mar 23 16:34:17 PDT 2010
We are 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 at gmail.com and jwh476 at 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
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.
Rebecca Hoogs is the author of a chapbook, Grenade (2005) and her poems
have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva,
The Journal, Poetry Northwest, POOL, The Florida Review, and others. She
is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony (2004), Artist
Trust of Washington State (2005), and Jack Straw Productions (2008). In
2007, she presented commissioned work at the Seattle Poetry Festival and
The Roethke Readings, a presentation of ACT Theatre and Eleventh Hour
Productions. Before joining Seattle Arts & Lectures in June 2004, she
taught English at the University of Washington, where she received her
M.F.A. in Poetry and an M.A. in English. She is the Director of
Education Programs and curator for the Poetry Series for Seattle Arts &
Johnny Horton is a graduate of the University of Washington's MFA
program in poetry. Currently, he teaches writing and American literature
at Seattle Central Community College. He's published poems in Notre Dame
Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Willow Springs, The Laurel
Review, Mare Nostrum and other magazines. His poems have been performed
before the Seattle City Council and anthologized in Pontoon: An
Anthology of Washington State Poets. His awards include a Washington
Artist Trust GAP grant, and residency fellowships from The Espy
Foundation, Casa Libre en Solana, The Ragdale Foundation, and The
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work is influenced by history
and sorcery, and he's concerned with the hypnotic, trance-inducing
qualities of metrical verse. Some of his favorite poets include Yeats,
Frost, Robert Graves, and Richard Wilbur. Rome is not his first love,
but it might be his best.
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