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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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. Provisional Syllabus|
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. Provisional Syllabus
|MEGHAN O'ROURKE (Poetry) is the author of The Long Goodbye (Riverhead), a memoir about grief, and the poetry collections Once and Halflife (W.W. Norton). A former poetry editor for The Paris Review, she is also a culture critic for Slate magazine and a founding editor of the web site Double X. She was awarded the inaugural May Sarton Poetry Prize, the Union League Prize for Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Front Page Award for her cultural criticism. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, 32 Poems, and more. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she grew up. 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.
Key Program Information
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.
Students register for one of the following courses:
Writers in Florence: Fiction
Writers in Florence: Poetry
For questions about the application process, costs, eligibility, and general study abroad, please contact:
NYU Summer Study Abroad
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NYU Creative Writing Program