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International Writers' Retreat


The MFA in Creative Writing program at Rosemont College will offer its annual International Writer’s Retreat in January 2019. This year we will be traveling to Siracusa, Sicily with an optional 2 day excursion to Malta from January 2,-12, 2019. MFA in Creative Writing graduate credit, non-credit, and companion prices are available. Airfare is not included.

Pre-trip meeting:
Friday, December 7, at 6 p.m. in Main Building 




(To arrive in Sicily on January 2 you will need to leave the US on January 1.) 



(After 9/28 deposits are not refundable.) 

  • Final payment is due on Friday, November 30, 2018

(Any withdrawals after 11/30 will forfeit the program fee, which is based on enrollment.)

Lonely Planet calls Sicily "the eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean."  Excursions will include the Ortigia market, Cathedral, and Temple of Athena; Siracusa Archaeological Park and Catacombs of San Giovanni; visits to Taormina and the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento; pasta-making workshop and wine-tasting. Visit to Malta includes tours of St. John's Cathedral, the Malta Experience, and Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. Average daily temps in January are in the mid-50s to low 60s with comfortable humidity.

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, in addition to, workshopping new material in the genre of their choosing. Workshop sessions will be run by an experienced creative writing instructor published in both poetry and prose. 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, shared rooms (singles available at extra cost), and Wi-Fi. Breakfast is also included.


December 7

Pre-trip meeting  6 pm in  Main Building

January 1

Departure from Philadelphia

January 2

Arrive Catania (Sicily); Transfer to Siracusa by Taxi

FREE DAY (Acclimate to time change)

7 pm  Welcome dinner

January 3

09:00 - 10:00  

Orientation with coffee at SCIE Center followed by Ortigia Tour -  including market, cathedral



3.00 - 06:00

Writing session

January 4

09:00 - 12:30

Visit Neapolis Archaeological Park Catacombs of San Giovanni


OPTIONAL (not included) Malta - fly from Catania TBC

January 5

08:00 - late

FREE DAY or Excursions in Malta including St. John’s Cathedral, Malta  Experience & Hal Siflieni Hypogeum

January 6


Return to Siracusa - fly to Catania evening TBC

January 7

10:00 – 12:00 

Literature Session

3:00 – 6:00 pm

Writing session

January 8

All Day

Taormina and the Ancient Greek Theater & Wine-tasting

January 9


Cooking class

January 10

07:00 am - 07:00 pm

Agrigento - Valley of the Temples and museum

January 12


Departure from Siracusa