Creative Writing Courses Abroad

Our department regularly offers Creative Writing courses abroad where students practice writing in rich, intercultural contexts.  Students learn about literary traditions of their host country by meeting local writers, attending workshops with local students, and through readings and site visits that immerse them in the local culture. 


May 2016, 2015: Pavia, Italy
Creative Writing: Cultural and Ethical Aspects of Creative Writing

Program Description: This course is an intercultural creative writing workshop. Students take this course together with English-speaking students of the University of Pavia. Course activities focus on writing exercises and workshops within a larger thematic framework: the ethics of creative writing.

Program Highlights

  • Live and study with Italian students in a beautiful and historic college
  • Explore northern Italy on weekend trips to Parma, Lake Como, and Milan
  • Spend two days in Florence
  • Develop your writing skills through exercises, cross-cultural workshops, and individual feedback


May 2016, 2015, 2014: London, England and Paris, France
Creative Writing: London and Paris

Program Description: Spend one week in London going to the theater, visiting the Tower of London and visiting the birthplace of Shakespeare. Then, it is on to Paris for a week, where we will eat croissants in the morning before seeing some of the greatest paintings and cathedrals ever created in the afternoon. You will also be able to explore these culturally rich cities on your own. You will discover what so many travel writers have experienced before you-travel and writing go hand in hand.

Program Highlights

  • Attend a major musical production
  • Visit Stonehenge and the birthplace of Shakespeare
  • Visit the Tower of London and ride the London Eye
  • Explore London's museums and attractions
  • Eat amazing French food and see the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit the Louvre and other famous museums
  • Visit Notre Dame and other beautiful churches


May 2013: Venice, Italy
Creative Writing: The Allure of Venice

Program Description: What makes Venice so fascinating? Why do writers (like Shakespeare, Proust, Voltaire, Lord Byron, Henry James, Ruskin, and Goethe) set their work in Venice? We spend three weeks island-hopping, exploring districts and museums - getting to know the structure and character of Venice.  Students write their own creative responses - in poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction - to the city. Come and discover how place inspires the imagination.

Program Highlights:

  • Explore Venice's art, architecture, and ecology
  • Stay on the sandy beach of the Lido
  • See the sites of famous scenes in world literature
  • Visit the Accademia Gallery, the Fenice Theatre, and the glass works of Murano
  • Attend a musical performance at the Ugo and Olga Levi Foundation
  • Travel to nearby Padua and Florence