For summer residencies, Spalding low residency MFA students and faculty travel to a different location abroad each year, where we tailor our rich residency curriculum to include the literary and cultural highlights of our locale.
In 2017, summer residency takes us to Edinburgh. Cultural tours will include a day trip to the Ayrshire Coast, Culzean Castle, and the Robert Burns birthplace museum. Our reading will include important Scottish writers in every area of concentration we offer.
Summer residencies begin in late June or July and are paired with an extended independent study that ends in March. Past residencies have taken us to Paris, London, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and many other locales.
Curriculum & Culture
During a recent residency in Rome, we discussed Fellini films and attended a lecture by a Fellini scholar. Students in each genre read and discussed an Italian text in translation. Our cross-genre exercise drew inspiration from Roman art and architecture.
We also toured the Colosseum, visited iconic museums and churches, and explored the ancient city of Ostia Antica. These cultural activities took place in addition to—not instead of—faculty-led workshops, craft lectures and more.