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International Writers' Retreat


January 2017 will see the very first study abroad trip for the MFA in Creative Writing program at Rosemont College. This year we will be traveling to the Sicily Center for International Education on the island of Oritigia in Siracusa, Sicily from January 4, 2017 to January 14, 2017.

  • For credit: $3000
  • Non-credit: $2500
  • Companion fare: $2000

             Airfare is not included. Single rooms are $250 extra.

  • Deposits are non-refundable as of November 1, 2016
  • Pre-trip meeting on Friday, December 2, at 6 PM in Main Building
  • Payment in full due by November 15th, 2016 (Payments can still be made on the registration page)
  • Any withdrawals after December 1st will forfeit a $1500 program fee

 The focus of the writing workshops will be generative, meaning students will be asked to write new material in response to prompts, writing exercises, and excursions, as well as, workshop new material in the genre of their choosing. Workshop sessions will be run by Tawni Waters, author of the critically acclaimed YA novel, Beauty of the Broken and the poetry collection, Siren Song. Her YA novel, The Long Ride Home, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in summer 2017. Literature discussions will be run by MFA program director, Carla Spataro.

The total cost of the workshop includes accommodations in a centrally located B&B within walking distance of the school, shared rooms (singles available at extra cost) with communal cooking facilities, and Wi-Fi in rooms. Breakfast is also included.

Ortigia, the historic center of Siracusa, an island in the island, is perfect for full immersion into the Italian language and culture. It offers something for everyone, from past to present, from myth to music, from food to film. Ortigia is welcoming, intimate, and the best place for visitors to begin their exploration of Sicily, its language, and culture.