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Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Summer A-Term
June 18- July 20, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $5,315
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Rebecca Hoogs |
John W. Horton |
Sierra Nelson |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions January 12, 2018, 3:30pm, Schmitz 450
General This program is a month-long immersion into Rome and the writing life. Using Rome as our inspiration, we will write, read, and walk our way to a portfolio of new poems or short prose.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

Join a band of ink-stained adventurers for a month of concentrated exercise and conversation in and about the Eternal City. We explore Rome from a variety of perspectives--as avid readers and intrepid writers, through history and geography, art and architecture, language and literature, not to mention the color and flavor of daily life in Italy, where they know carpe diem is more than a catch-phrase. Following in the footsteps of those poets, painters, saints and soldiers who for some two and a half millennia have traveled where all roads lead, we'll write our way into the heart of the city, poking into the foundations of civilization as we go, honing our writerly skills and enthusiasms in conversation, practice, and stride.

We welcome all students. No experience in literary analysis or creative writing is presumed. The Summer Creative Writing in Rome Program is open to anyone (undergraduates, graduates, graduate students, alumni, citizens-at-large) seeking to join an intensive program in the written arts. The ideal participant for this program will be interested in creative writing, ready to write and share their writing daily, ready to take intellectual and creative risks, open to the challenges and excitement of living in a foreign city, and open to having a grand adventure.

Evening classes will be held at the University of Washington Rome Center at the 17th-century Palazzo Pio, situated in the vibrant center of the city’s historical district, and morning classes will take place out and about in the city itself. We will walk everywhere. Daily field trips, museum visits, and excursions will be included in the program fee. Housing will be in shared apartments arranged by the UW Rome Center.




Rome, Italy


Rome and surroundings


We work with the UW Rome Center to arrange shared apartments for students within a 20 minute walk of the Rome Center. Student apartments range from 2 to 8 students. Most students will have to share bedrooms.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

The program involves a lot of walking (5 miles/day on average) in very hot, humid conditions in a bustling urban environment. We also take field trips into the country where students must prepare for bugs (mosquitoes), allergens (pollen), and exposure to the Mediterranean sun. Knowledge of Italian is not required, though is certainly helpful.


12 UW Credits


ENGL 363: Roaming Rome: Rome from the Ground Up (5 Credits)

Roam Rome as you study its literature, art, architecture, archaeology, history, and culture. This course will take you out into the streets to see first-hand the founding and flourishing of the Roman empire and literature through archaeological sites, the great art of Western Civilization through Rome's countless museums, and the birth and rise of the Catholic church. Each day's walking tour and site visit will form the basis for that day's creative writing prompt.

Learning goals include:
The learning goals of this course are to deepen student understanding of Roman, Italian, Classical, and expat literature and art; architecture; history; and culture and to demonstrate how this art undergirds modern, post-modern and contemporary American and European literature (including the literature that the students are creating). The goals of this course will be assessed by tracking student participation in daily activities and by evaluating two student talks on Roman art, architecture, history, and/or culture.

ENGL 493: Writing Rome: Creative Writing Conference (5 Credits)

Rome from a writer's perspective: what can we carry away, and what carries us? Notebooks in hand, we'll test those questions in reading, writing, and conversation. We'll consider what it means to be an artist by walking the cobbles daily and filling our writer's sketchbook what what we see, hear, smell, feel, and think, and so, in literary terms, sack the city at the center of the world.

Learning goals include:
The learning goals of this class include learning how to experience the world as a writer by noting daily observations of the world in a writing journal and learning how to use daily observations to open lines of inquiry. Students will also practice transforming daily “sensory” observations of the world into literary forms like poems, short stories, and short creative nonfiction. Goals will be assessed by tracking student participation in daily site visits, listening to daily observations/writing in “workshop”, and by evaluating final student portfolios.


ENGL 395: Reading Rome (2 Credits)

Read, discuss, and study works from some of Rome’s great poets, writers, and historians across the ages. Includes a particular emphasis on American, German, and British writers of the Grand Tour and the Romantic period who traveled to Rome. Works will be studied with the intent to unpack them and borrow their secrets for our own writing.

Learning goals include:
The learning goals of this course are to deepen student understanding of Rome’s great poets, writers, and historians (native and expat), and to understand how these mentor texts might provide options, strategies, and forms for our own writing.
The goals of this course will be assessed by tracking student participation in evening discussion groups and by evaluating student presentations on Rome’s poets, writers, and/or historians.



Rebecca Hoogs, English Department, Program Director

Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage (Stephen F. Austin University Press) which was a finalist for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry, and a chapbook, Grenade (GreenTower Press). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, FIELD, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, The Florida Review, Cincinnati Review, and others. She won the 2010 Southeast Review poetry contest and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Artist Trust of Washington State. She is the Associate Director for Seattle Arts & Lectures where she curates and hosts their Poetry Series.

John W. Horton, English Department, Co-Director

JOHNNY HORTON lives in Seattle where he teaches writing and literature at Seattle Central College. A recipient of a Washington Artist Trust GAP grant, Johnny's poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Horsethief, Scoundrel Time, Los Angeles Review, Willow Springs,Golden Handcuffs Review, CutBank, and Notre Dame Review. He’s recently had poems selected by Prairie Schooner and for an upcoming Everyman Pocket Poems Anthology on Rome. His poetry manuscript, Vesuvius after Dark, has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Anthony Hecht Prize. Johnny also teaches literature to veterans through the Clemente Course for the Humanities and creative writing at Hugo House. He hosts the Roman inspired Hugo House reading series Ask the Oracle at the Hotel Sorrento. And he loves traveling to Rome more than any other place on earth.

Sierra Nelson, English Department, Program Staff

Sierra Nelson is a Seattle-based poet and text-based performance and installation artist. Her books include I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press) made with visual artist Loren Erdrich and selected by Anne Carson for the NYU Washington Square Prize for Collaboration, and forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry NW Editions, Spring 2017). Her poems have appeared inside Seattle Metro buses and at the Seattle Aquarium, at the Slovenian Natural History Museum, with Nordic runes on lava stones in Iceland (SIM Gallery), in sound boxes on Seattle’s Denny Ave. (All Rise Project), and in journals and anthologies including Alive at the Center, Pink Thunder, Crazyhorse, Tin House, Pleiades, Kenyon Review Online, and Poetry Northwest. She is co-founder of performance art groups the Vis-à-Vis Society and The Typing Explosion, and she teaches a variety of places including at the Richard Hugo House, Centrum, through the Writers in the Schools program at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and at University of Washington Bothell, U.W.’s Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island, and U.W.’s Creative Writing in Rome Program. For more info:



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,600

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about $40/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

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 complete the mandatory 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.

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:

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:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.