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Writers in Florence 2014

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 2014

Writers in Florence is open to eligible NYU and visiting (non-NYU) undergraduates. Please visit the NYU Summer Study Abroad page and click on "Apply Now."

Program Faculty for Summer 2014


EILEEN MYLES (Poetry) is the author of numerous books including Snowflake/different streets (poetry, 2012), Inferno (a poet’s novel) (2010), Sorry, Tree (poetry, 2007), Tow w/ artist Larry C. Collins (2005), Skies (2001), on my way (2001), Cool for You (novel, 2000), School of Fish (1997), Maxfield Parrish (1995), Not Me (1991), and Chelsea Girls (stories, 1994). In 1995, with Liz Kotz, she edited The New Fuck You/adventures in lesbian reading. From 1984 through 1986 Myles was Artistic Director of St. Mark's Poetry Project. In 2004 she wrote the libretto for the opera, Hell, composed by Michael Webster and performed on both coasts and in Tijuana in 2004 and in 2006. She is a Professor Emeritus of writing & literature at UC San Diego where she taught from 2002 to 2007. She received an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant for “Iceland.” The Poetry Society of American awarded her the Shelley Prize in 2010. She was a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. She lives in New York.

DOROTHEA LASKY (Faculty Director; Poetry) is the author of ROME (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2014), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is a co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's, 2013) and has authored many chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Her poems have appeared in numerous places, including The Paris Review and POETRY. She holds a doctorate in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania and has been educated at Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Washington University. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts, is a co-founder of the Ashbery Home School, served as a 2013 Bagley Wright Lecturer in Poetry, and co-directs Writers in Florence with Jessica Flynn. She lives in Brooklyn and can be found online at


CHRIS KRAUS (Fiction) is the author of four novels, most recently Summer of Hate, and two books of art and cultural criticism. Described by The New York Observer as "the art world's favorite novelist," a conference on her writing was held this year in London at Royal College of Art. Spanish and German translations of her novels I Love Dick, Torpor and Summer of Hate are forthcoming in 2014. During the 1980s she worked at the St. Marks Poetry Project and studied acting with Ruth Maleczech. She is a co-editor of Semiotexte, a contributing editor to Los Angeles Review of Books, and Professor of Writing at European Graduate School.


(Fiction) is the author of nine novels, including Motherless Brooklyn (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), The Fortress of Solitude, You Don’t Love Me Yet, Chronic City, and most recently, Dissident Gardens. He is also the author of numerous collections, including Men and Cartoons, The Disappointment Artist, and The Wall of the Sky, Wall of the Eye. A New York Times bestselling author and recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, Lethem has published his stories and essays in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times, among others. He lives in California. Visit Lethem’s website at

Key Program Information

Program Dates
May 25-June 21, 2014

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
CRWRI-UA.9828.001—Jonathan Lethem (Provisional Workshop Syllabus) and Chris Kraus (Provisional Craft Syllabus)
Writers in Florence: Poetry
CRWRI-UA.9829.001—Eileen Myles (Provisional Workshop Syllabus) and Dorothea Lasky (Provisional Craft Syllabus)

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:
Jessica Flynn, Managing Director
Writers in Florence
NYU Creative Writing Program

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