Summer Creative Writing Institute

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Summer Creative Writing Institute

The Summer Creative Writing Institute offers students the opportunity to practice writing well-crafted fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction and to discover translation as a creative practice under the guidance of highly accomplished writers. At the same time, students will enjoy Paris life and culture while becoming steeped in some of its great literary legacy.

Paris is, and always has been a place of literary salons and lively gatherings of artists and writers in cafés. Amid social and political upheaval, revolutionary approaches to literary form and subject matter have emerged more often from Paris than any other metropolis, reflecting life in the throes of a modernizing world.

All workshops are led by a distinguished writer/teacher and fueled by peer critique. They are designed to help students read their own work objectively, develop a critical vocabulary, and work deeply on issues of craft. Writing workshops meet four days per week for three weeks, for three and a half hours per day, allowing three-day weekends for writing, travel, and tourism. The creative practice of translation is offered in the morning for two weeks so writers can take both translation and a genre workshop.

"The Summer Creative Writing Institute was a wonderful experience that allowed me to grow creatively and further pursue my passion in writing. I would definitely recommend this program to those who want to challenge themselves and become better writers." - Rachel Nielsen

One evening per week, students will attend readings and question and answer sessions with inspiring poets and writers. The event evenings also unite the full group of creative writing students to enjoy informal discussion and refreshments. The combination of workshops and evening events make up four transferable academic credits for those who are coming from other universities. The translation course is offered for two-credits.  AUP students can apply these courses to a major or minor in Creative Writing.

During the day, students benefit from the University’s library, common spaces, student café and, of course, the richness of the surrounding 7th arrondissement. On weekends a large variety of AUP’s own cultural excursions provides students with organized opportunities to experience Paris and France. Students wishing to travel independently will find a wealth of advice available through the Cultural Program Office.

This intensive program runs during the first three weeks of July and provides four workshops: Writing Fiction, The Poetic Experience, Creative Nonfiction: Crafting Personal Narrative, and Translation: A Creative Practice. Summers are packed with literary events at Shakespeare & Co, Spoken Word, and other venues. AUP is the home for the prestigious Center for Writers & Translators, a Master of Arts in Cultural Translation, and a large Department of Comparative Literature, which offers a two-track B.A. in Creative Writing as well as a Creative Writing minor.

Professor Steinke
Professor Steinke with summer program students.

More student testimonials:

“AUP’s Summer Creative Writing Institute is the most immersive creative writing course I’ve ever taken. The program is carefully and enthusiastically engineered by Professor Greene and offers students invaluable literary exposure and development. Since Paris acts as muse to countless writers, the Summer Institute is also an incredible opportunity to meet many of the professional writers it attracts, as they share their work and their wisdom. As someone who wants to write for the rest of my life, I can honestly say that I now regard the Summer Creative Writing Institute as one of the most enjoyable and formative experiences of my artistic and academic career.” – Jorge Franco IV

"The Summer Creative Writing Institute experience was stellar to say the least and far exceeded my expectations. Furthermore, it excelled above other study abroad programs that I have attended. The academic experience was challenging and remarkable.  I would recommend the Summer Institute to any student of any age who has an interest in art and literature." – Stephanie W. Pavik
 

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