Creative Writing in Tuscany

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, Italy
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

This program will transport a traditional creative writing fiction workshop and seminar examining the literature of Italy to the setting of Tuscany. Students will become better acquainted with the internal workings of storytelling and the vast array of tools available to them as a writer of fiction. You will look closely at language, sentences, narrative voice, point of view, character, detail and structure in the workshop course, and will pay particular attention to the role of setting, through a series of place-based writing exercises, inspired by the sights of Siena as well. You will also have the opportunity to explore how new surroundings can lead to fresh insights into one’s creative work.

With readings ranging across time from Ovid’s Metamorphoses to Hisham Matar’s recent memoir about writing (and living) in Italy, our goal is to place ourselves in that long line of artistic seekers, creating new work out of our Italian encounters, while also submitting ourselves to the knowledge and vision of the people who call Italy home.

The program will take place in the beautiful city of Siena, with excursions to Florence and the Medieval towns of San Gimignano and Montepulciano. You will be able to visit the Uffizi Gallery and other cultural landmarks, incorporating the art of the Italian masters into your writing.

Program ScholarshipApplicants to this program have the option to apply for a program-specific scholarship. Award recipients are chosen based on academic merit, financial need, and overall quality of their essay. Individual awards range from $500 - $1,000. To be considered, the Scholarship Essay must be completed by the program application deadline. Please refer to the Scholarship Essay instructions in the program application or speak with your GEO advisor for more details.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2024 3/15/2024 7/24/2024 8/22/2024

Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program (Summer 2024 and beyond) to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Academic Details

Prerequisites: students must have completed one from CRWR 240, CRWR 244, CRWR 245 with a grade of B– or better prior to the program start. Exceptions to the pre-requisites will be considered, particularly for students from other universities.

Students who enroll on this program will take the following courses:

  • Study abroad seminar: Literature for Creative Writers: Italian Hours-Writing Italy Inside and Out (4 credits)
  • Study abroad creative writing workshop: Intermediate/Advanced Fiction Writing in Siena (4 credits)

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Application process

Acceptance is based on a holistic review of your application.  This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), and the short statement.

This program is less than 90 days. Students with a US passport will be traveling to Italy under the Schengen Visa waiver program and do not require a travel visa for this program, and GEO is unable to assist U.S. citizens in obtaining a visa. If you are not a U.S. Citizen: Notify your GEO Advisor. Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact the Italian consulate in their country of residence about visa requirements, no matter the duration of the program of study.

Faculty and Staff

The summer 2024 program is taught by Associate Professor Jason Brown.

Housing Description

You will be housed in double-occupancy rooms in a hotel in ​​the historic center of Siena. Located within the city walls, the hotel is located just a few minutes walk from Piazza del Campo, the heart of the historic city center where you can admire the magnificent Fonte Gaia, the wonderful Palazzo Pubblico and all the historic buildings in the shadow of the Torre del Mangia.

Breakfast and some dinners are included in the program fee. Breakfast will be provided by the hotel, and a few dinners per week will be provided by local restaurants in close proximity to the GEO Siena Center and the hotel. You will be on your own for lunches and the remaining dinners, which are easily bought at local cafes and eateries, or the local grocery store.

During the last few days of the program, you will be housed in a hotel in Florence, with breakfasts provided.