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UW Tacoma Vietnam: Identity and Place in Writing (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Hanoi, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Hoi An, Vietnam
- Program Terms: Summer Quarter
- Budget Sheets: Summer Quarter
|Location||Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An, Ha Noi, and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam|
|Academic Term||Summer Quarter (Full Term) 2018|
|June 18 – August 17, 2018; Students will be abroad July 8- 29, 2018|
|Estimated Program Fee||$4,700|
|Credits||15 UW credits|
|Prerequisites||TWRT 120-121 or TCORE 101 AND TWRT 200. Students must have earned a B or higher in these courses.|
|Program Directors||Annie Nguyen and Abby Murray|
|Program Manager||Courtney Kroll | email@example.com|
|Priority Application Deadline
Extended Application Deadline
|January 31, 2018
February 15, 2018
|Information Sessions||TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.|
|General||Students will engage in readings from both American and Vietnamese writers, discussing Vietnam, its culture, history, and current events and will be able to visit many of the sites referenced in these texts. Through site visits, students will have the unique opportunity of seeing firsthand how American intervention impacted Vietnam and will learn of growth and change in Vietnam by living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest, most metropolitan city.|
|Visas||Travel visas of up to 60 days are available for US citizens. Students who are not US citizens should contact the Vietnamese consulate for more information and should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.|
This program will immerse students in the land and culture of Vietnam, a country with significant historic ties to the US. Students will engage in readings from both American and Vietnamese writers, discussing Vietnam, its culture, history, and current events and be able to visit many of the sites referenced in these texts. Students will be spending most of their time in Ho Chi Mihn City where guest writers and poets will be invited to work with them on site. Students will also engage in excursions from the city. Students will have the unique opportunity of seeing firsthand how American intervention impacted Vietnam, through visits to the nearby Cu Chi tunnels, Ha Long Bay, which was bombed more than any site in Vietnam, and other sites of historic significance. They will also learn of growth and change in Vietnam by living in Vietnam’s largest, most metropolitan city and visiting the country’s capitol, which also houses the country’s ethnographic museum.
Under the Creative Nonfiction course, students will examine critical texts on creating nonfiction and literature of place. Students will engage in writing travel narratives, personal discovery memoir, and reviews of experiences in country. They will also create a reflection of what studying abroad offers and how it has impacted them.
Under the Poetry course, students will read, discuss and create poems that demonstrate an understanding of poetic technique as well as a writer’s role as witness. Students will experiment with poetic form while examining their identities as citizens of a country at war, looking closely at the impact of conflict in American and Vietnamese culture.
Under the Literary Publishing and Editing course, students will collaborate to produce several online publications of their polished creative works. Students will read and discuss contemporary literary publications and apply learned techniques to generate their own published work, which will showcase their experiences abroad as students and artists.
Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An, Ha Noi, and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Students will share Airbnbs. in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, an area that is rife with museums, cafes, markets, and more and will have the opportunity to engage with local residents through schools and community centers nearby.
Students will visit Cu Chi tunnels, Ha Long Bay, which was bombed more than any site in Vietnam, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and other sites of historic significance.
Successful completion of TWRT 120-121 OR of TCORE 101 with a B or higher. Preference: Successful completion of TWRT 200 with a B or higher.
15 UW Credits
Students in TWRT 287 will first develop an understanding of creative nonfiction and its many forms by analyzing texts in this genre. Texts will center on the experiences of travel and of being “other,” and will focus on Southeast Asia and Vietnam. Students will then engage in a writers’ workshop, developing 4 different essays/articles that will review and reflect on their personal experiences and discoveries while traveling to and in Vietnam. For inspiration, students will participate in excursions and field experiences that will expose them to various facets of life in Vietnam and journal on these experiences. Students will receive feedback from instructor and peers and develop a final portfolio of work.
Learning goals include:
TWRT 287 Builds narrative and descriptive skills in several genres of creative nonfiction, including the personal essay, feature articles for general trade magazines, or the literary essay. Includes reading of models and writers' workshops to provide feedback on drafts. Students will be assessed by the production of a final portfolio of work that has been workshopped and revised.
Students in TWRT 270 are introduced to the craft and process of poetry writing from initial draft to advanced revision. Texts and lectures explore current writing styles and poetic forms, as well as the relationship between poetry, identity and the writing of witness, particularly as it applies to the lasting impact of the Vietnam War. Students discuss poetic craft, assigned writings, and share work with other class members in a workshop setting. The course culminates in a polished collection ready for publication, including 10-15 poems that demonstrate an understanding and practical application of discussed terms and techniques.
Learning goals include:
Students thoroughly read, analyze and discuss traditional and contemporary poems while making respectful inquiries about literature and its cultural significance that demonstrate a sense of maturity and intellectual curiosity. Students identify principles and techniques applied in assigned readings and write original works that experiment with these concepts. Students workshop the poetry of their peers, considering carefully the practice of delivering constructive criticism and receiving commentary on their own work.
Students in TWRT 365 will explore practices of literary editing and publishing in the context of contemporary small press publications. Readings examine history, aesthetics, funding, promotion, layout, and other issues faced by literary journals in print and in emerging online media. Student assignments reflect practices of literary editors and require collaborative work in a creative setting. This course is graded credit / no credit only.
Learning goals include:
Students cultivate a comprehension of contemporary literary publications and competence in creating their own (from conceptualization to execution). Students also demonstrate proficiency in evaluating literary work and making editorial decisions about publication, including revision and presentation. This course requires students to develop confidence in editing and effective communication with collaborating peers.
As a writing professor for more than 10 years, I've had the pleasure of working with students from diverse backgrounds and with varying skill levels in composition and creative writing. I have enjoyed helping them find their voices and following their growth.
My work tends to focus on the needs of first year writing students. The transition to college writing can be challenging for many students, who may also be facing challenges adjusting to college life in general. I try to help students not only excel in the writing classroom, but also in their college careers. Recognizing the importance of students' lives beyond the classroom, I helped pioneer the Accelerated Learning Project, a national model that addresses the needs of developmental writing students using a concurrent (rather than sequential) order of classes.
I also have a profound interest in global education, with a research focus on Asian culture and literature. For three years, I oversaw a Global Studies initiative to help faculty develop courses for study abroad and to recruit students. I have led 120 students on study abroad programs across Europe and Asia and was awarded a NEH Bridging Cultures grant to infuse Asian studies into the general curriculum. My course design work includes a spiritual autobiography course and a writing course that focused on Eastern and Western philosophies to develop a response to, "What is happiness?"
In addition to my work in higher education, I have also worked as a grant writer and program manager for several high-impact local, national, and international nonprofit organizations for the last 17 years. I have managed volunteers and staff members, coordinated fundraisers and special events, and facilitated the grants process from cultivation to project reporting and renewal. Through various leadership roles, I have forged partnerships with other national and local organizations and cultivated sustaining private and government sources of funding.
Included in the program fee:
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The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session. Orientations are also held on the UW Tacoma campus.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
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