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.
- A $500 deposit is due by October 15, 2018
- For credit: $3200
- Non-credit: $2700
- Companion fare: $2200
- Malta Trip: $450 additional
AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED
(To arrive in Sicily on January 2 you will need to leave the US on January 1.)
SINGLE ROOMS ARE $350 EXTRA.
(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.
Pre-trip meeting 6 pm in Main Building
Departure from Philadelphia
Arrive Catania (Sicily); Transfer to Siracusa by Taxi
FREE DAY (Acclimate to time change)
7 pm Welcome dinner
09:00 - 10:00
Orientation with coffee at SCIE Center followed by Ortigia Tour - including market, cathedral
3.00 - 06:00
09:00 - 12:30
Visit Neapolis Archaeological Park Catacombs of San Giovanni
OPTIONAL (not included) Malta - fly from Catania TBC
08:00 - late
FREE DAY or Excursions in Malta including St. John’s Cathedral, Malta Experience & Hal Siflieni Hypogeum
Return to Siracusa - fly to Catania evening TBC
10:00 – 12:00
3:00 – 6:00 pm
Taormina and the Ancient Greek Theater & Wine-tasting
07:00 am - 07:00 pm
Agrigento - Valley of the Temples and museum
Departure from Siracusa