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  • Locations: Ceredigion, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: English, Writing Program Type: UMBC Faculty-led Program
Housing Options: Apartment, University Residence GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Faculty Leader: Sally Shivnan
Program Description:
Course Overview:

ENGL 475: Special Studies in Creative Writing (3 credits) The Dylan Thomas International Summer School is a 12-day intensive creative writing program, with a focus on “spirit of place” in its daily writing workshops, excursions, and evening readings by visiting authors. This unique program immerses students in the remarkable landscapes and culture of Wales, nurturing an awareness of the rich connections between writing and place, an awareness that will inform students’ future work. Each day students develop and share their work, and each evening they attend readings by Welsh and international authors that showcase the possibilities of writing that is grounded in a sense of place. An added benefit is the chance to study with a diverse mix of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate writing students.

This program also includes: 

  • Day trips
  • One overnight excursion
  • Housing at the University of Wales Trinity St David
  • Meals at the University of Wales Trinity St David
The Country:
The program is hosted by the University of Wales Trinity St David in the small town of Lampeter in Wales, UK. This beautiful campus, dating from 1822, is close to both the coast and the mountains, an ideal base for daily excursions that invite students to connect to landscape and culture in their writing. From ancient castles to dramatic coastal cliffs to historic mining towns, Wales provides the inspiration for the program’s “spirit of place” theme.
Faculty Overview: 

Sally Shivnan teaches writing for the English department at UMBC. She is the author of the short story collection Piranhas & Quicksand & Love, and her fiction, essays, and travel writing have appeared in many publications and in anthologies including The Best American Travel Writing series. “Prose and Poetry,” her broadcast at the Radio Reading Network, streams to blind and visually impaired listeners, bringing them a range of classic and contemporary works. Since 2016, she has been helping UMBC students explore creative writing, and the beautiful country of Wales, at the Dylan Thomas Summer School program.  

Tentative Itinerary:
Itinerary Subject to Change
Monday, May 27, 2019 Arrive London, travel by coach to Lampeter; orientation
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Workshop; tour Bowen Library and town of Lampeter; optional walk to Iron Age hill fort; evening reading by guest author
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Workshop; excursion to Teifi Farmhouse Cheese and National Wool Museum; evening reading by guest author
Thursday, May 30, 2019 Excursion to New Quay, with workshop, and to Aberaeron and Llanerchaeron; evening reading by guest author
Friday, May 31, 2019 Day 1 of 3-day trip to Ty Newydd, including workshop and castle tour in Harlech; evening reading by guest author
Saturday, June 1, 2019 Day 2 of 3-day trip to Ty Newydd, including 2 workshops and castle tour in Criccieth, optional beach walk
Sunday, June 2, 2019 Day 3 of 3-day trip to Ty Newydd, including Blaenau slate mine tour and workshop; optional mountain hike or bus tour
Monday, June 3, 2019 Excursion to Dolgellau, Machynlleth, and Welsh Gold Centre; return to Lampeter; evening reading by guest author
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Workshop; optional tour of Welsh Quilt Centre; evening reading by guest author
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Workshop; tutorials; evening reading with students and Lampeter area writers
Thursday, June 6, 2019 Workshop; excursion to Laugharne; evening reading by guest author
Friday, June 7, 2019 Travel by coach to London; departure

Cost overview: 
To get a detailed view of the program costs as well as other estimated costs, please see the program budget

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This program is currently not accepting applications.