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Summer Residency

Each summer, students and faculty in Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing 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 Rome, London, Kyoto, Buenos Aires and many other locales. This video tells the story of our summer 2015 residency in Greece.

Upcoming destination

Paris, July 6-16, 2020 (departing the U.S. on July 5)

Our summer residency takes us to Paris, a city so inspiring and welcoming to artists that it is the only location we have chosen for residencies abroad in three separate years. Study with K.L. Cook (prose), Maggie Smith (poetry), Lamar Giles (writing for children and young adults), Charlie Schulman (dramatic writing), or Lynnell Edwards (professional writing).  

Paris Curriculum & Culture

We’ll stay at the Hotel André Latin in the heart of the city, not far from Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon. Our classes take place in the Montparnasse district, a 20-minute walk from the hotel on a route that takes us through Luxembourg Gardens.  

For both creative writing and professional writing students, faculty-led workshops form the backbone of residency.  

Creative writing students will also attend craft lectures, readings, and sessions on publishing or professional writingYou’ll read and discuss French literature in translation and try your hand at a cross-genre exercise that builds off your experiences in Paris. After residency, you’ll return home to 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.  

Professional writing students will receive an introduction to the modes of professional writing using the city as your classroom. You’ll use your experiences to write reviews, travel narratives, culinary appreciations, media communications, and a variety of other content for target audiences.  After residency, you’ll return home to spend your independent study working on a curriculum tailored to your professional goals. For more information about professional writing, contact Lynnell Edwards 

Our guided cultural tours and excursions include  

  • Opening-night dinner cruise on the Seine 
  • Visits to the Rodin Museum and the Musée d’Orsay 
  • A Black history tour in and around Luxembourg Gardens 
  • A daylong excursion to Monet’s gardens at Giverny and the village of Auvers sur Oise, where Van Gogh created more than 80 paintings 
  • A performance of Mozart’s opera Cosi fan Tutte at the spectacular Palais Garnier opera house 
  • Farewell dinner at a classic Parisian restaurant 

Optional activities include a cooking class, wine-and-cheese tasting, walking tour of St. Germaine, and a half-day excursion to the palace and gardens at Versailles. You’ll also have time to explore on your own. 

How much does tuition cost?

Tuition is the same as in spring and fall semesters: $585/credit hour, or $8,775 for the semester, which includes a 3-hour residency course and 12-hour independent study course. A ground travel package will be offered separately for an additional price, and air travel can be handled on your own or through our educational travel provider.

How much does the ground travel package cost?

Before January 10 for current students or March 10 for incoming students, the ground travel package price is $3,495. After those respective dates, the travel package cost is $3,895. The package includes a shared room at the Hotel André Latin. 

What’s the deadline to apply?

February 1 is the application deadline for admission to the MFA program, MAW program, and certificate program for the Summer 2020 semester. Late applications will be considered, but students applying late may be wait-listed. 

How do I sign up?

Contact Katy Yocom for more information.