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The World Is Our Classroom
At Spalding, we believe that the best writing springs not just from talent and drive but from a rich accumulation of life experiences. Spalding’s innovative summer semester allows students to include international travel with their studies. Spalding’s low-residency MFA travels to a different international locale each summer, extending students’ understanding of the customs, people, and literature of diverse cultures around the world.
Like our spring and fall semesters, the summer semester begins with international travel to an intensive on-site residency and continues as students return home to complete a one-on-one independent study session with a faculty mentor. The summer semester’s independent study follows an extended, nine-month schedule, allowing students to spread the same amount of work over a longer period of time. Summer-semester students dedicate about 15 hours a week to their writing, rather than the 25 hours required in the spring and fall semesters.
Past summer residencies have taken place in Paris (2007 and 2012), London and Bath (2008), Barcelona (2009), Buenos Aires (2010), Rome and Tuscany (2011), Dublin and Galway (2013), Prague and Berlin (2014), Greece (2015), and Rome (2016).
Residency in Greece: June 24-July 6, 2015
During the residency, students participate in faculty-led workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, or playwriting. They attend lectures on the craft of writing, panel discussions about publishing and other topics, and plenary lectures about principles that apply to all forms of creative writing. They also plan future writing and reading in consultation with their mentor.
Our Program Book in Common is the Aeschylus trilogy, the Oresteia, which consists of Agamemnon, The Libation Bearer (Choepheroi); and The Eumenidea. Other readings will be announced later.
After the residency, students return home to work with their mentors in an intense, individually tailored independent study session.
More information coming in Fall 2014
A passport is needed to travel abroad. The length of time it takes to receive a new or renewed passport can be unpredictable. The MFA staff recommends you check the status of your passport now and, if needed, apply for a new or renewed passport immediately. For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov
For more information about travel to Greece, visit the http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/greece.html.
For information on travel tips to destinations abroad, visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html
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