Writers in Florence
The Writers in Florence program will return in summer 2023.
Please read below to learn more about the program and join our mailing list for updates.
In this literary retreat, students work intensively to generate new writing in the enchanting, historically rich setting where so many writers—from Dante to E. M. Forster—have found literary inspiration. Students participate in daily workshops and craft seminars and attend a lively series of readings, lectures, and special events. Writing and reading assignments are designed to encourage serious study as well as immersion in the local landscape—for example, students might visit the Galleria degli Uffizi and write ekphrastic poems, conduct literary research in Villa la Pietra's library, or take an afternoon trip to Fiesole, a memorable locale in E.M. Forster's "Room with a View," for a lesson on fictional settings. On weekends, students have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their literary predecessors: they might walk along the Arno River, view the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo, or stroll through the Boboli gardens.
“What an opportunity to live as a writer where many other famous writers have lived and produced great works!”
Writers in Florence will return in summer 2023. Please join our mailing list to learn more about our other summer programs and to keep up-to-date with the latest information.
TBD, Writer in Residence, NYU Creative Writing Program
|Undergraduate Tuition - 8 credits||TBD|
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 credits
|Program & Activities Fee||TBD|
GeoBlue International Health Insurance
for 4 week program
Single Room (with meal plan)
Double Room (with meal plan)
Triple Room (with meal plan)
Quad Room (with meal plan)
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available on the Additional Costs and Financial Assistance pages.
Writers in Florence students focus on either poetry or fiction. Coursework consists of alternating afternoons of craft seminars and writing workshops, as well as daily literary colloquia events, including readings, lectures and tours. The schedule includes time for writing, reading, and exploring Florence, and the program culminates in a celebratory reading showcasing student work.
Students have the opportunity to work closely with two accomplished faculty members—one in the context of the writing workshop, and another in the context of the craft seminar.
All courses are taught in English. All students must register for 8 points of undergraduate credit.
Students register for one of the following courses:
CRWRI-UA 9828 - Writers in Florence: Fiction - 8 credits
CRWRI-UA 9829 - Writers in Florence: Poetry - 8 credits
Workshops provide students with guidance on the art of revision, as well as with experience giving and receiving feedback. Each student submits a final portfolio of writing at the end of the program. In the craft seminars—literature courses taught by writers for writers—students study great works of literature in order to learn how to create their own. Emphasis is on close reading and the basic elements of craft. A special colloquia of literary readings, lectures and events complements students' work in the classroom.
Tuesdays - Fridays
3:00pm - 5:30pm: Alternating days of workshops and craft seminars.
Morning and/or evenings TBD: Literary colloquia events.
Sample Syllabi - Writers in Florence Fiction
Sample Syllabi - Writers in Florence: Poetry
All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students reside on the estate grounds in Villa Natalia which is air-conditioned and includes a cafeteria, a computer lab, a student lounge, a small gym, and a laundry facility. The greater La Pietra facilities include multimedia-equipped classrooms, a screening room, two computer labs, a reference library, and a second cafeteria with terrace.
Housing rates are inclusive of breakfast and dinner daily in the Villa Natalia cafeteria. Students are responsible for their own lunches, snacks, and other non-program meal expenditures. Lunches are available for purchase on-campus at the Villa Natalia cafeteria.
Writers in Florence participants enjoy a literary tour through the city and a day trip to the historic Castello di Fosdinovo, a Tuscan writers retreat. On weekends, students have the opportunity to explore the city and find inspiration along the Arno River, in its many museums or by hiking to view the panorama from Piazzale Michelangelo.
Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:
- U.S. State Department Travel Information for Italy
- All admitted and confirmed students should consult The NYU Office of Global Services for immigration support
- CDC Health Information for Travelers to Italy
- NYU students may consult the NYU Student Health Center for Travel Medicine information and appointments
MARK BIBBINS (Poetry) is the author of three books of poems: Sky Lounge (Graywolf Press), which received a 2004 Lambda Literary Award, The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon Press), and They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full (Copper Canyon), which was named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by Publishers Weekly magazine and a standout book by The Academy of American Poets. He has taught in the graduate writing programs of The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine, and Columbia University, and at Purchase College and the 92nd Street Y. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Bibbins edits the poetry section of The Awl. His poems have appeared in such venues as The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, and four editions of The Best American Poetry. He lives in New York City.
CATHERINE BARNETT (Poetry) is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and a Pushcart. Her first book, Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004), won the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award, and she received the 2012 James Laughlin Award for her second book, The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012). Barnett has taught at Barnard, the New School, and NYU, where she was honored with an Outstanding Service Award.
KATIE KITAMURA (Fiction) is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. Her newest novel, A Separation, was published in February 2017. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Grana, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.
HARI KUNZRU (Fiction) Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions, and Gods Without Men, as well as a short story collection, Noise, and a novella, Memory Palace. His novel White Tears will be published in Spring 2017. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2016 Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in New York City.
VALERIA LUISELLI (Fiction) received a BA (2008) in philosophy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a PhD (2015) in comparative literature from Columbia University. She was an assistant professor in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department at Hofstra University (2015–2018) and taught in City College of New York’s Beyond Identity Program (2017) prior to joining Bard College’s Program in Written Arts as a writer in residence in the fall of 2019. Luiselli is also the author of the essay collection Papeles Falsos (2010), translated into English as Sidewalks (2014), the novel Los ingrávidos (2011), translated into English as Faces in the Crowd (2014), and, most recently, the novel Lost Children Archive (2019). Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and her work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Letras Libres, The New Yorker, El País, and Harper’s Magazine.