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The World Is Our Classroom
At Spalding, we believe the best writing springs from a rich accumulation of life experiences. Spalding’s innovative summer semester allows students to explore a different international locale each summer, deepening their understanding of literature and culture around the world.
Like our spring and fall semesters, the summer semester begins with an intensive on-site residency and continues as students return home for one-on-one independent study with a faculty mentor. The independent study session follows a nine-month schedule, allowing students to dedicate 12-15 hours a week to their writing, rather than the 25 hours required in spring and fall semesters.
For past summer residencies, we’ve traveled to Paris, London and Bath, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Rome and Tuscany, Dublin and Galway, and Prague and Berlin. The 2015 summer residency takes us to Greece.
Residency in Athens and Crete:
June 24-July 6, 2015
Curriculum and Cultural Exploration
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 craft lectures, panel discussions about publishing, 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.
To prepare for the residency, students read a program book in common from the Greek canon, a Greek text specific to their area of concentration, and a book or script by a faculty member in their area.
Our residency begins in Athens, where we’ll visit the Acropolis and explore the Acropolis Museum, ranked among the world’s top museums. An optional excursion takes us to Delphi, the most spectacular of Greece’s ancient sites. Midway through the residency, we fly to Crete, where we’ll visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and the Palace of Knossos. We end the residency back in Athens.
Our tour directors travel with us for the entire trip to answer questions, provide cultural insights, and keep our travels flowing smoothly.
Itinerary and Costs
Travel costs are separate from tuition for the residency. For all students except graduating students, residency tuition is $1,650—that’s $550 per credit hour for the 3-credit-hour course. (Graduating students earn 5 credit hours for the residency and pay $2,750 in residency tuition.) Tuition for the 12-hour independent study session is $6,600.
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