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Writers in Florence 2015

A Tuscan Retreat for Emerging Writers

In this Tuscan retreat for undergraduates, students work intensively to generate new writing while finding literary inspiration in the enchanting, historically rich setting of Florence and Villa La Pietra. The program features nightly readings and lectures on writing and the writer’s life. On weekends, students have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their literary predecessors: they might walk along the Arno River, view the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo, or visit Tuscan gardens and vineyards. Classes and events are held at Villa La Pietra (pictured). Bequeathed to NYU in 1994 by Sir Harold Acton, the Florentine campus consists of 5 historic villas and 57 acres of gardens and olive groves.

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How to Apply for Summer 2015

Writers in Florence is open to eligible NYU and visiting (non-NYU) undergraduates. The priority application deadline is February 1, 2015. Please visit the NYU Summer Study Abroad page and click on "Apply Now" to find the application (which will be available as of December 1, 2014).

Faculty Members Include


MARK BIBBINS (Faculty Director; Poetry) is the author of three books of poems: Sky Lounge (Graywolf Press), which received a 2004 Lambda Literary Award, The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon Press), and They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full (Copper Canyon), which was named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by Publishers Weekly magazine and a standout book by The Academy of American Poets. He has taught in the graduate writing programs of The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine, and Columbia University, and at Purchase College and the 92nd Street Y. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Bibbins edits the poetry section of The Awl. His poems have appeared in such venues as The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, and four editions of The Best American Poetry. He lives in New York City.

HEIDI JULAVITS (Fiction) is the author of The Folded Clock: A Diary, to be published in April 2015, as well as four critically acclaimed novels (The Vanishers, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace). She co-edited, with Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes. Her fiction has appeared in Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, and The Best American Short Stories, among other places. She's a founding editor of The Believer magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Manhattan, where she teaches at Columbia University. She was born and raised in Portland, Maine.


EILEEN MYLES (Poetry) is the author of eighteen books, most recently Snowflake/different streets (poetry, 2012), Inferno (a poet’s novel) (2010), now available in her own voice from iTunes, and The Importance of Being Iceland. She is a Professor Emeritus of writing & literature at UC San Diego and now teaches at NYU. She received an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant for "Iceland." The Poetry Society of America awarded her the Shelley Prize in 2010. She was a 2012 Guggenheim fellow and in 2014 she received a Foundation for Contemporary Art grant & a Slate/Whiting second novel award. She lives in New York. Provisional Syllabus

COLSON WHITEHEAD (Fiction) is the author of five novels and two books of nonfiction. His most recent book is The Noble Hustle, his account of the 2011 World Series of Poker. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Harper's.
Provisional Syllabus

Key Program Information

Program Dates
May 24-June 20, 2015

Academic Information and Schedule
Writers in Florence awards 8 points of undergraduate credit. The academic schedule is as follows:

Schedule TBA: Afternoon workshops and craft classes in either fiction or poetry 
Select mornings and/or evenings: Colloquia events including readings and talks by acclaimed guest writers and field trips to local cultural sites.

Course Offerings
Students register for one of the following courses:

Writers in Florence: Fiction
Writers in Florence: Poetry

Program Costs and Housing Information
Please see the NYU Summer Study Abroad page for information on program costs and housing. Information on financial assistance can be found here.

Have Questions?

For questions about the application process, costs, eligibility, and general study abroad, please contact:
NYU Summer Study Abroad
Phone: 212-998-4433

For academic questions, please contact:
NYU Creative Writing Program