English Study Abroad

Summer Creative Writing in Rome

June 15 - July 15, 2011

The Program

JOIN a band of ink-stained writer-adventurers for a month of concentrated exercise and conversation in and about the Eternal City. This is Rome from a generalists's perspective: history and geography, art and architecture, language and literature, the color and vagary and flavor of daily life all constellate in the writer's notebook. Following in the footsteps of those poets, painters, saints and soldiers who for some two and a half millenia have traveled where all roads lead, we'll sack the city word by cobble, in conversation, practice, and stride.

The Summer Creative Writing in Rome Program is open to anyone (undergraduates, graduates, alumni, citizens-at-large) seeking to join an intensive program in the written arts.

Classes are held at the University of Washington's Rome Center at the 17th-century Palazzo Pio, situated in the vibrant center of the city’s historical district.

Classes and Credits

Undergraduates will receive 15 credits [ENGL 363, Literature and the Arts; ENGL 490, Study Abroad Program; and ENGL 493, Advanced Creative Writing Conference —with some flexibility, depending on individual student degree requirements]. Credit questions should be directed to English Undergraduate Advising.

MFA students will receive 10 credits [ENGL 586, Graduate Writing Conference, and ENGL 600, Independent Study or Research.] Credit questions should be directed to Professor Pimone Triplett, Director of Creative Writing.

MA/PhD students are also welcome to apply. Credit questions should be directed to Kathy Mork in the English Graduate Office.

The Seminar will be taught by Richard Kenney, University of Washington Professor of English, and Kevin Craft, graduate of the UW English Department's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, English Department Chair at Everett Community College, and Editor in Chief of Poetry Northwest.




Thereafter we will consider applications on a space-available basis. Apply early: we have a rolling admissions policy, and the program tends to fill quickly.

How to apply:

The application includes

• Personal Statement,
• 3 short answer questions,
• 2 Faculty recommendations, and
• Electronic signature documents related to University policies and
expectations for study abroad.

Following the on-line application process, students may be contacted by the Program Directors for an in-person interview.

To apply, please use IPE's online application:

Summer Creative Writing in Rome 2011 Online Application

Depending on the applications submitted, we may maintain a waiting list for the program. Students who are invited to participate in the program will be required to return a signed payment contract and risk form before the deadline indicated in their acceptance email.

Questions? Contact Mel Wensel in English Advising for more information.

Program Fees

Program fees: $3,800. In addition to the program fees, all program participants pay a non-refundable, IPE fee of $250. Non-UW students pay an additional non-matriculated student fee of $200. The program fee includes accommodation, tuition, facilities at the Palazzo Pio, field trips, excursions, and most program-related admission fees. It does NOT include airfare, board, personal expenses, mandatory UW Study Abroad Insurance, or mandatory pre-departure health screening.

Note: program fees are paid in dollars; most program expenses are paid in euros. Unavoidably, we must reserve the right to modify charges in case of unfavorable currency fluctuation. In this unlikely event, students would be notified, and an adjustment made to the final payment.

Payment Schedule

Upon acceptance to the program, students are required to sign a payment contract by which they commit to participation in the program and agree to pay all program and administrative fees. Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. A $350 non-refundable program deposit and $250 non-refundable IPE Fee will be charged to your MyUW Account once your signed contract has been received by the Study Abroad Office.

UW Students*

Total fees: $4,050

*UW undergraduates, graduate students, residents, and non-residents all pay the same fees for the Summer 2011 program.


Non-UW Students:

Total fees: $4,250


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions may not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Revision Request:

You can request an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds) from the Financial Aid Office if the cost of the program exceeds the regular budgeted amount for a student living in the Seattle area. To do this, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

1. Revision Request Form

2. Summer Application for Financial Aid (scroll to bottom of page)

3. Budget of student expenses for your program: e-mail ipe@uw.edu


Please remember that financial aid and most scholarships will be disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid award will not be disbursed until after the start of the program. If your program begins after the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid award will be delayed until the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare and health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you plan your foreign study.

Short-term Loans:

The Financial Aid Office does have a Short-Term Loan Program to assist students with temporary cash flow problems. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in regular classes in the UW Student Database. For students studying abroad during summer quarter will need to apply for a short term loan before the end of Spring Quarter.


There are funding opportunities through the Global Opportunities Program, and students should also reference the IPE website, including their Funding Options page, for more information about Financial Aid and scholarships, including the quarterly Fritz Grant and Go Global Scholarships.

UW Financial Aid Office

UW Scholarship Office


Withdrawal Policy

Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing to the Department of English Advising Office and to the Office of International Programs and Exchanges. The withdrawal date is considered to be the date a withdrawal form is received by the IPE office.

The $350 deposit and the $250 IPE fee are non-refundable. Students withdrawing from a program will be liable a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing, following the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Students will be responsible for paying any charges posted to their student accounts by the designated due date, as well as late fees incurred for late payment. Any reimbursements of program fees will be credited to student accounts once a withdrawal has been processed. Typical withdrawals are processed 4-6 weeks from receipt of complete withdrawal paperwork.

Passports and Visas

You will need a passport to travel to Italy. You must have your passport in hand before you can apply for a visa. It can take time for your passport application to be processed and your passport issued, so it's a good idea to get the wheels turning as early as possible. The cost is $110 for a 10-year passport, and the University Neighborhood Service Center, 4534 University Way NE, is the passport acceptance facility closest to campus.  The most extensive passport information, including application procedures, fees, office locations, and even printable application forms you can download, is available from the State Department's passport services website.  Some general information on applying for passports is also available by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free number: 1-877-487-2778, while an automated appointment line and some general information is available at the Seattle Passport Agency: (206) 808-5700.

As of September 1, 2010, students from countries with short-term visa exemption may enter Italy for academic purposes, for periods of up to 90 days, without a study visa. Citizens of the U.S., Canada, and EU countries fall into this category. Program participants from other countries should consult the Italian Consulate website to check if they need a visa in order to study in Italy. If a visa is required, students should contact Lauren Easterling in the Office of International Programs and Exchanges for
assistance with the application.

*Please note that the 90 day period includes any travel before or after the study program within the entire Schengen area of the EU. Students who stay in the Schengen area beyond 90 days will be in violation of the 90-day visa waiver and risk being fined and/or detained and even banned from travel in the Schengen area for significant periods of time.*


Rick Kenney at top of Roman stairs
Richard Kenney

Richard Kenney's books of poetry include The One Strand River (Knopf, 2008), The Evolution of the Flightless Bird (Yale UP, 1984), Orrery (Atheneum, 1985) and The Invention of the Zero (Knopf, 1993). In 1987 he received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.  He is currently Professor of English at the University of Washington, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. His work is informed by science, and he is interested in Celtic and classical literatures. He thinks about human evolution and language origins, the cognitive basis of poetic forms, magical reasoning, and the Darwinian lives of subliterary species such as jokes, riddles, proverbs, charms, spells, nursery rhymes and weather-saws. Among his favorite poets are Shakespeare, Keats, Hopkins, Yeats, Auden, Frost, Larkin, Merrill. Absent the Mediterranean, he lives with his family in Port Townsend, WA.

Kevin Craft leaning against Roman doorway
Kevin Craft

Kevin Craft received a Bachelor of Arts in both English and French from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Fine Arts in English from the University of Washington. He also studied drama at the University of Sheffield, in Great Britain, and Romance languages at the Université de Perpignan, in France. His first book, Solar Prominence (2005), was selected by Vern Rutsala for the Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared widely in such places as Poetry, AGNI, Verse, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Stranger, and Poetry Northwest. Craft has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the Carmargo Foundation (France), and the Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust. Kevin is the Editor of Poetry Northwest. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Everett Community College, where he is also Director of Possession Sound Writers. He believes that poems, like good travelers, live in the go-between.



Program Contacts:


Professor Richard Kenney

Kevin Craft


English Advising Contact:

Mel Wensel



Additional information

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT & PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION: Students participating in the program must submit UW Concurrent Enrollment forms for summer quarter, 2011. In addition, students will be required to complete the IPE Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation. For more information, please refer to this page on the IPE Website.

NON-UW STUDENTS: Non-UW students should submit the Non-Matriculated Application for Non-UW Students to IPE upon acceptance to the program. They will then be assigned a UW Student Number, a UW Net ID and access to the MyUW personal page, UW email, etc. The fee for this (as noted above) is $200 and will be assessed to the student’s new UW account upon receipt of the form. This fee is non-refundable.

INSURANCE: The University of Washington requires that students participating in this program purchase the mandatory UW Study Abroad Insurance. The cost for summer quarter will be approximately $40.

FOR MORE INFO: Contact Mel Wensel (206-543-2634) in English Advising, and/or Richard Kenney and Kevin Craft.


There are innumerable Rome sites on the web -- let your favorite search engine loose and explore.  Here are a very few to get you started. (Remember, some sites will be in Italian; these often have English translations, which you can access by clicking on a little English flag or graphic -- but this is usually the Union Jack, not the Stars and Stripes.  In Europe "English" usually means "England.")

Photos courtesy Rebecca Hoogs.

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