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Creative Writing in Alicante
Alicante, Spain
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/01/2015 04/01/2015 TBA TBA
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 04/01/2016 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
 Field of Study:
Creative Writing, English
 Class Eligibility:
Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking Student, Undergraduate
 GPA Requirement:
 Course Credit Type:
Audit for Non-degree seeking students, Graduate, Undergraduate
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Program Description:
Creative Writing in Alicante, Spain

Alicante 1

May 31 - June 26, 2014

Program Description: This program provides an exciting opportunity for students to study and practice creative writing in the culturally fascinating and historically important Mediterranean coastal city of Alicante, during the season of their fiesta of San Juan. Students will have an immersion experience, staying with Spanish families, and will meet Spanish students and share experiences with them. Side trips to small coastal and interior villages, as well as to the Island of Tabarca, will enrich the experience, as students write original creative works based on field trips. (click on syllabus link below for more details) Optional Spanish language study is available [either through low cost tutoring, or a more formal course giving 3 hours of undergraduate credit at the Cervantes Institute approved facility at the University of Alicante]. Optional, educationally rich weekend side trips to Barcelona and Granada are also available. Last year's students came from universities all of the US, and many described it as a life changing experience.

Talbot International Writing Awards: 4 Awards of $1000 each, to pay part of the program costs, are available to participants from anywhere in the U.S. (not restricted to U of Memphis Students) and will be awarded in a national writing competition. Deadline is February 21, 2014. Guidelines are available and submissions should be made through the following link:

In addition to these awards, the usual University of Memphis Study Abroad Scholarships are available to all University of Memphis Students, and other awards/scholarships are available as well. Go here to apply or please contact the Study Abroad Office for more information.

Program Cost: $2,200* The program fee includes the $350 study abroad application fee, accommodations, meals in Alicante, travel on field trips, and student ID card. The program fee does not include international travel, tuition, medical insurance, and personal expenses.

Detailed Course Information: 
Syllabus ENGL 4611-6611 2014.pdf

Faculty Leader: The faculty leader and course teacher, Professor John Bensko, was a Fulbright Professor at the U of Alicante and has written poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He will be working along with faculty and former faculty at the U of Alicante, some of whom have over thirty years of experience guiding international students and arranging housing and educationally significant trips for them. For more details and a syllabus for the course, please contact Dr. John Bensko,, 901-678-3318. For more information on Alicante and the fiesta, google Alicante, Fiesta de San Juan. Photos from last year’s trip are available on Facebook. 

For more information please visit the Creative Writing in Alicante Wiki Page.

Contact: Dr. John Bensko at 901-678-3318 or go here and click "Request Advising Appointment" to schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor.

Selected Web links of interest:

University of Memphis Creative Writing Facebook page 

The fiesta of San Juan

The Mercado Medieval I

The Mercado Medieval II

Orihuela and Miguel Hernandez I

Orihuela and Miguel Hernandez II

Alicante beaches

Please note: While the Spanish public transportation system is excellent, there will not be private transportation available during the trip, and participants should expect to do a lot of walking, at least 1 or 2 miles per day, and more on some of the field trips. If you have reservations about this, please contact the Program Director for more information.