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Center for International Education
Charleston, SC 29424
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CofC in Spoleto, Italy 2017: Creative Writing

Term To Study: Summer 2017
Application Deadline: Apr 26, 2017
Program Starts: May 18, 2017
Program Ends: Jun 14, 2017
Major 1: English Literature & Creative Writing
Subject 1:
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,746
Link 1: Watch a video from a previous year's program
Contact Phone: 843-953-7661
Contact Name: Center For International Education
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What is Included: - Lodging
- Meal stipend
- Ground transportation
- Excursion costs
- Overseas medical insurance
- $50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: - Round-trip airfare to Rome, Italy
- Tuition for six credits and associated fees
- Passport fees
- Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged for tuition and fees as follows:

* 2016-17 in-state tuition rate for six credits is $2,844 (plus Library, Technology and Part Time Fees)
* 2016-17 out-of-state tuition rate for six credits is $3,696 (plus Library, Technology and Part Time Fees). The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.
Program Description

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please note that applications are due by 10 pm on March 15!


Students enroll in the following two courses:

ENGL 339: The Travel Memoir - Writing In and Of Place (3 cr.)
ENGL 375: Invisible Cities - Writing Fiction (3 cr.)


The artistic ties the city of Charleston has with the town of Spoleto are of inestimable value, and the purpose of this program is to bring students to our sister city to write and study literature, and to meet with artists and writers living there, so that they may be inspired to continue their education with an even greater sense of the importance of art and of writing. Students and faculty will be staying at a villa compound just outside Spoleto, where we will share meals, hold readings, and spend quiet time writing and reading. One special group dinner each week will feature intensive and lively discussions of the craft of writing. In addition, we will be going on one three-day excursion to Florence, where students will take guided tours of such important artistic and historical sites such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo, and the Galleria dell’Academmia; one evening will be spend in salon with an area painter, writer, and historian.


Mr. Bret Lott
Department of English

Mr. Lott is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at the College of Charleston. The author of fourteen books, including two New York Times bestsellers, Lott’s work has been translated into six languages. He has traveled extensively, having lived in Ireland, Israel (where he served as Fulbright Senior American Scholar and Writer-in-Residence at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv), and France, where he taught creative writing at CofC’s Annot Campus. Since 2010 he has been director of the Spoleto Summer Study Abroad program.

Anthony Varallo
Department of English

Dr. Varallo is Associate Professor of English at the College of Charleston. He has taught in the Spoleto summer program twice before. He is author of four short story collections: This Day in History, Winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and Finalist of the Paterson Fiction Prize; Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; Think of Me and I'll Know; and Everyone Was There. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and his stories have appeared in over seventy literary magazines and journals. He serves as Fiction Editor of Crazyhorse.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact Professor Lott. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

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