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Curriculum

Residencies

Each summer term includes a 15-day residency abroad, rotating annually among Buenos Aires, Rio and Santiago. Consecutively enrolled students will attend three residencies, completing the program at their third residency.

Residency Curriculum and Schedule

Day

Activities

Friday

Travel

Saturday

 Arrival to the residency city

Sunday

City Tour

Monday - Friday, Morning

Craft or Cultural Seminars*

Monday - Friday, Afternoon

Writing Tutorials or Field Trips

Saturday

Day trip

Sunday

Field trip, free afternoon

Monday - Friday, Morning

Craft or Cultural Seminars*

Monday - Friday, Afternoon

Writing Tutorial or Field Trips

Friday Evening

Graduation, Closing Party

Saturday

Travel

*Writing and Cultural Seminars will alternate each day.

 Writing Seminars: 5 multigenre seminars on the craft of writing

Cultural Seminars: 5 locally focused seminars. Sample seminars include:

  • Buenos Aires: Architecture, Spousal Politics, The Gaucho, Literature, Music and Tango
  • Rio de Janeiro: The Favela, Literature, Music and Dance (Carnaval, Samba, Bossa Nova), Portuguese Colonialism and Independence, Politics and Corruption
  • Santiago: Dictatorship and Human Rights, Winemaking, Film, Literature, European Influences

Writing Tutorials: 8 individual meetings with faculty instructor

Field Trips: 3-4 excursions connected to Cultural Seminars

Faculty Readings: Our renowned faculty read from their work

Distance Learning and Completion Requirements

Following the 15-day residency, students and faculty will commence the distance learning portion of the program, which continues for two semesters. (August - December, and January - May).

  • Eight distance learning manuscript submissions to, and feedback from, the faculty instructor each of the two academic years
  • Eight monthly online interactive seminars on the craft of writing led by program director or faculty in each of the two academic years
  • Completion of, and public reading from, creative thesis
  • Completion and public presentation of craft or scholarly essay
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