The New Prague Summer Program for Writers, 2014

Deadline for Applications: April 26, 2014

Affiliated for its first nine years with the University of New Orleans and for the past eleven with Western Michigan University, the Prague Summer Program is now an independent LLC working toward 501c3 nonprofit status. Our mission is to deliver quality mentoring to creative writers at all levels, while celebrating the history and culture of one of Europe’s oldest, most beautiful, and least expensive cities.

Over the twenty years of its existence, the Prague Summer Program attracted eighty to more than a hundred participants most cycles. In 2014, we will limit the size of the program to only twenty or fewer, and as such will be more selective.

Our point will not be to accept only the “best” or more advanced writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We will seek to gather a community of advanced writers who have already begun to publish, graduate-student and advanced undergraduate writers who are still in the midst of their apprenticeships, and neophyte writers who are just beginning their apprenticeships but who, though raw, show promise. We will attempt to gather approximately a third each of advanced, intermediate, and beginning writers. An applicant needn’t announce himself or herself to be at a particular level. We will make that judgment. We will offer Vaclav Havel Scholarships of $1,000 to worthy candidates at each level, and it should be noted that the Prague Summer Program is priced well below other study-abroad programs.

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Program Structure

The Prague Summer Program (PSP) will run from June 28 to July 25. Participants and faculty will arrive at the Masaryk dorm on Saturday, June 28, and there will be an orientation meeting followed by an opening dinner on Sunday, June 29. There will be walking tours on both Saturday and Sunday of that first week. Workshops will begin on Monday, June 30.

For the first two weeks, workshops will take place from 9:39 to 12:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Anglo-American University. The second two weeks of the program, students will work independently, and have manuscript conferences with the program director, and with two of the PSP’s illustrious permanent faculty.

There will be faculty and student readings every Monday evening at the U.S. Embassy’s American Center.

The new Prague Summer Program has been designed to give writers more time to write, explore the city, and to travel on long weekends.