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Summer Residency

Each summer, Spalding low residency MFA students and faculty 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 Paris, London, Rome, Buenos Aires, Kyoto, and many other locales. This video tells the story of our summer 2015 residency in Greece.

Upcoming destination

Santiago, Chile, July 8-18, 2019

Nestled against the backdrop of the snowy Andes, surrounded by vineyards and lined by parks, Santiago is the cultural and political capital of Chile. Its literary luminaries include Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, and Roberto Bolaño.

In July, the city enjoys wintertime temperatures ranging from the 30s to 60s. Santiago’s time zone is the equivalent of Eastern Daylight Time, making an easy adjustment for U.S. travelers.

Santiago Curriculum & Culture

We’ll stay at a hotel in the heart of the city, 5 minutes’ walking distance from the Barrio Bellavista neighborhood of restaurants, cafes and bars. Our classes take place at Universidad de Chile, a 20-minute walk from the hotel.

Faculty-led workshops form the backbone of residency. As a student, you’ll also attend craft lectures, readings, and sessions on publishing and professional writing. You’ll read and discuss South American literature and try your hand at a cross-genre exercise. After residency, you’ll work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in an independent study focused on fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, playwriting, or screenwriting.

Our guided cultural tours and excursions include

  • The Pablo Neruda home in Santiago
  • The Violeta Parra Museum (Parra was a composer known as the “Mother of Latin American folk”)
  • A daylong excursion to the colorful port city of Valparaiso
  •  A visit to “La Sebastiana,” Pablo Neruda’s home & museum in Valparaiso
  • A wine tour and tasting
  • Welcome and farewell dinners at exciting Santiago restaurants

You can also opt to take a guided tour of the Human Rights and Memory of Violence Museum. And you’ll have time to explore on your own.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does tuition cost?

  • $2,563 for current students who enroll for travel by January 9 and incoming students who do so by March 10
  • $2,863 for alumni and guests who sign up by January 9
  • $3,013 for all travelers who sign up after those dates have passed

How much does the travel package cost?

The travel package price is to be announced.

Will we be there for the July 2 solar eclipse?

Residency begins about a week after the total solar eclipse in the Elqui Valley, 465 miles north of Santiago. Travelers may choose to arrive in Chile early to view the eclipse or stay in country after residency for skiing or other outdoor adventures.

What’s the deadline to apply?

February 1 is the application deadline for admission to the MFA program for the Summer 2019 semester.

How do I sign up?

Contact Katy Yocom for more information.