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Creative Writing in Spain
Alicante, Spain; Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 04/01/2016 TBA TBA
Summer 2017 03/01/2017 04/01/2017 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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Number of Credits Offered:
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Program Description:
Creative Writing in Spain
Alicante & Madrid

Alicante 1

June 14—June 30, 2015 (Alicante)
June 30—July 15, 2015 (Madrid)
June 14—July 15, 2015 (Alicante & Madrid)

Program Description: This program will give creative writing students international experience and exposure to the language, culture, and literature of and about another country, all of which is highly valuable in order to help break out of cultural preconceptions and experiment with new mateFiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction) while also allowing students to focus on one genre and create a course project in that genre. The format will combine lecture, workshops, and seminar-style discussions, along with field trips to locations with high cultural value and on-site exercises in how to spot valuable material for writing, do the necessary research, and turn the material into creative work. Students will write journal versions and creative non-fiction pieces based on their experiences, and the class will then focus on how to incorporate those into unfinished works in the genre of the student's choice. 

Undergraduates: ENLG 4611: English Studies/International Locales
Graduates: ENGL 6611. English Studies/International Locales

Creative Writing - Spain 2015.pdf

Program Cost: $1,895* (2-weeks); $3,790* (4-weeks)

Program Fee Includes:
  • $350 Application Fee
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Daily lectures & activities
Program Fees do not include:
Int’l Medical Insurance
  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Travel—Alicante to Madrid
  • Tuition (3—6 Credits)
  • Personal Expenses & Incidentals 
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 please contact Dr. John Bensko,, 901-678-3318. For more information & Photos from previous years please visit the program's Facebook page.

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

Contact: Go here and click "Request Advising Appointment" to schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor.

Selected Web links of interest:

The fiesta of San Juan

The Mercado Medieval I

The Mercado Medieval II

Orihuela and Miguel Hernandez I

Orihuela and Miguel Hernandez II

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.

*Program Cost Subject to Change