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MFA Creative Writing | Rome Summer Program

Students and faculty of the Rome summer MFA program.

In May, 2014, American University's MFA program in Creative Writing announced its partnership with John Cabot University's Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. The program has been run in John Cabot's Summer Session I, typically from late May to late June, in a five week session.


Registration & Housing

The Application is free. As part of our agreement with John Cabot, our students receive a 10% discount on Tuition. Further, John Cabot provides support for students interested in Housing.



Four courses are offered in the summer program: Graduate Poetry Writing (transfers as Lit 701), Graduate Fiction Writers (transfers as Lit 700), Reading as a Writer (transfers as a graduate literature requirement), and the Art of Literary Translation (transfers as Lit 705), taught by Professor Elena Buia Rutt, the translator of Flannery O'Connor into Italian. Students may take up to 6 credits which transfer directly onto their transcripts at the end of the summer session. No petition is required. The maximum number of transfer credits for graduate students is 6: thus the program is not open to students who have already transferred six credits from another institution.

Visiting Writers & Beyond the Classroom

Edmund White with students in RomeStudents spend a week with our Writer in Residence. Last year's Writer in Residence was Edmund White (pictured); the Writer in Residence during Summer 2016 will be Susan Minot. Teachers of graduate seminars have included the poet David Keplinger, the novelist George Minot, and the novelist Elizabeth Geoghegan. Also included in the program are a host of readings, poets, novelists, essayists, and translators who are passing through or working amidst the eternal vibrancy of Rome.

Susan MinotSusan Minot, 2016 Summer Writer in Residence: Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. Her most recent book is Thirty Girls, a novel set in Kenya and Uganda. She teaches in New York City where she lives with her daughter.



John Cabot University is located in the ancient Trastevere neighborhood of Rome (see Google Maps: Trastavere), just on the banks of the Tiber River, from which its name comes. Its campus lie very near the area where Cleopatra set up her camps while in the city. Its narrow streets and shops and restaurants are well known to be the most scenic and engaging areas of the city, whose thousands of years of history will provide a stunning and evocative backdrop for your new work.

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Summer Tuition

Housing Info

AU Contact:
Prof David Keplinger