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Florence 2017

January 3-21 


davidA metropolis of artisans for over half a millennia, Florence is so alive in the creative fields it is impossible not to find something inspiring.  The architecture, museums, people and food provide a rich and nourishing background to fuel your creative endeavors.

Housed at the Florence University of the Arts, we have gathered a great faculty and shaped an incredible 18-day experience. While writing workshops are the anchor of the program, field trips in and around the city and a second course taught by an international faculty will deepen your understanding of the city and Italian culture.

  • Spend 18 days in one of the most dynamic cities on earth. 
  • Students live in student apartments within walking distance to classes.
  • Students take a Creative Writing course taught by Stony Brook faulty and Cultural Introduction to Italy, taught by faculty from Florence University of the Arts, for a total of 3 credits.
  • Students get 15 unit meal plan (roughly 6 meals) at GANZO, a private restaurant for FUA.  Meals explained here.


Cultural Introduction to Italy  (CITI)

Course Description: The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden one’s awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion, and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. 

While creative writing courses are separate, CITI course will combine undergraduate and graduate students. 


Undergraduate - 3 credits

CWL 320 - Interdisciplinary Arts - Writing about Place

w/Christian McLean


Students must take CWL 202 or submit a writing sample for approval


Graduate - 3 credits

CWL - 540 - Forms of Nonfiction - Memoir

w/Lou Ann Walker

Applicants must submit a writing sample for approval


Director, Southampton Arts Summer & Special Programming
Christian McLean is the founding Director of the MFA's International Writing Workshops in Italy and Kenya. His fiction has been published in  Scores Anthology, Our Story and  The Southampton Review. His poetry has been featured in a collaborative work at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Museum (Dundee, Scotland). He is the author of  Duckhampton and the recipient of the New York Press Association's award for Best Sports Feature of 2016. He has traveled to over 15 countries on five continents.


Professor, Editor-in-Chief,  The Southampton Review 
Lou Ann Walker's book,  A Loss for Words, a memoir, won a Christopher Award. Her other books include  Hand, Heart & Mind. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including  The New York Times MagazineEsquireLifeAllureParadeThe Chicago Sun-TimesThe New York Times Book ReviewOThe Oprah MagazineThe Writer, and  The Hopewell Review. Formerly an editor at  Esquire and  New York Magazine, Walker has lectured on writing at Smith College and Yale University, and taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Southampton College, and Columbia University. The author of several screenplays, she is a member of the Writers Guild of America.



Undergraduate Program  Apply here

Graduate Program  Apply here


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