Creative Writing Institute

Graduate Courses in Creative Writing

John Cabot University’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation will be offering three graduate courses in creative writing during the summer of 2018.The workshops in fiction and poetry, as well as "How to Read Like a Writer," will run from May 21 to June 22, 2018.

The courses, which will be open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, are the result of an exchange agreement signed by John Cabot University and the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at American University in Washington, D.C. Current MFA students at American University will be in residence in Rome for the summer program.

Faculty for the courses include Susan Bradley Smith, poet and professor at Curtin University in Australia; Michael Carroll, award-winning fiction writer; and Elizabeth Geoghegan, novelist, nonfiction author.

In addition to graduate courses in creative writing, JCU also offers introductory and advanced courses for undergraduate students. To apply to study abroad at JCU and participate in these undergraduate creative writing courses, click here. 

Graduate courses in creative writing for summer 2018 will include:

  • CW 550 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
  • CW 554 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • EN 585 Advanced Creative Writing and Literature: How to Read Like a Writer

For a complete list of graduate courses in creative writing click here.

In addition to working with their professors, students will also have the opportunity to work with celebrated novelist and professor of Creative Writing at American University in Washington, D.C., Dolen Perkins-Valdez, who will be the 9th Annual Writer in Residence at the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. During her time at JCU, Perkins-Valdez will read from her work, present a craft talk, and conduct a masterclass for creative writing students.

Since its founding in 2009, John Cabot University's Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation has become a thriving community of and for writers in Rome. With workshops in the major genres (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction) and literary translation, the Institute is the place for creative writing students to spend serious time on their writing as they get to know the Eternal City.

For further information contact Professor Carlos Dews, Director of the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation: [email protected].  

Application Deadline is May 1, 2018