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Writers in Florence 2016

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 2016

Writers in Florence is open to eligible NYU and visiting (non-NYU) undergraduates. The priority application deadline is February 1, 2016. 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, 2015).

2016 Faculty

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MARK BIBBINS (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.
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ALEXANDER CHEE (Fiction) is the author of the novels Edinburgh and, most recently, The Queen of the Night. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is the winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas-Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.

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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, and served as a 2013 Bagley Wright Lecturer in Poetry. She lives in Brooklyn and can be found online at dorothealasky.tumblr.com.



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MAAZA MENGISTE (Fiction) is a novelist, essayist, and photographer. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston globe and other publications. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Granta, the Guardian, the New York Times, BBC Radio, and Lettre International, among other places. She was the 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow and a Runner-up for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Maaza's fiction and nonfiction examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war, and exile, and considers the intersections of photography and violence. She was a writer on the social-activist documentary film, GIRL RISING, which features the voices of actors such as Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, and Cate Blanchet, and is at work on another, Belgian-based, documentary. Her second novel, The Shadow King, is forthcoming.

Key Program Information

Program Dates
May 29-June 25, 2016

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

Tuesdays-Fridays 
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
 
Writers in Florence: Poetry
CRWRI-UA.9829.001

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 

writers.in.florence@nyu.edu