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Summer Residency

Each summer, students and faculty in the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing travel to a different location abroad, where we tailor our rich residency to include the literary and cultural highlights of our locale.

Summer residencies begin in late June or July and are paired with an extended independent study that ends in March. We’ve studied in Rome, London, Kyoto, Buenos Aires and many other locales. This video tells the story of our summer 2015 residency in Greece.

Upcoming destination

Bienvenue à Paris! With our educational travel provider, WorldStrides, we’re planning a trip that allows students, alumni, and guests to experience this beloved world capital.

Kathleen Driskell, Chair, leads the program. Workshop leaders: K.L. Cook (prose), Lynnell Edwards (professional writing and editing—a partly generative workshop), Leah Henderson (writing for children and young adults), Charlie Schulman (writing for TV, screen, and stage), and Maggie Smith (poetry).

Itinerary: July 18-26, 2022

Some individual events may move to different days if tour operators or museums adjust their schedules. However, the overall dates of the trip will not be adjusted.

Sun., July 17: If flying from North America, depart on an overnight flight.

Mon., July 18: Arrive at Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Shuttles will meet flights arriving at the most popular times for transfer to our hotel in the heart of Paris. Drop off your bags and settle in. For our welcome dinner, we’ll enjoy a dinner cruise on the Seine and see the lights of Paris by night. Optional afternoon activity for those already in Paris: Orientation walking tour of our neighborhood.

Tues., July 19: Classes kick off this morning. This afternoon, we take a guided walking tour focusing on Black writers and artists in Paris. The evening is free.

Weds., July 20:  Morning classes, followed by afternoon visits to the Musée Rodin and Musée d’Orsay. Optional evening activity: Cooking class with dinner.

Thurs., July 21: Full day of classes. In the evening, we will attend an arts performance; details to be announced.

Fri., July 22: Morning classes. The rest of the day is dedicated free time, giving you the opportunity to explore on your own.

Sat., July 23: A full day of classes. Optional evening activity: Wine and cheese tasting.

Sun., July 24: In the morning, we travel to Giverny to explore Claude Monet’s gardens. After lunch, we continue to Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh and other notable artists lived and worked. The evening is free.

Mon., July 25: Final classes, graduation ceremony, and a celebratory farewell dinner.

Tues., July 26: Return home or continue your travels on your own. Shuttles to Charles de Gaulle International Airport will be timed to accommodate most travelers’ flights.

How do I apply?

Apply for admission to the School of Writing by February 1, 2022. Late applications may be considered on a limited basis.

Enrollment for travel with WorldStrides takes place March 14-28, with an early-bird pricing window March 14-21. For more information, email us.