July 10th to August 4th, 2021

Check out the 2021 Calendar of Events!

The Prague Summer Program for Writers is a month-long summer writing residency in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition to having ample time to write in a beautiful and historic city, participants take part in weekly workshops, a private conference, weekly readings, a symposium on publishing, literary walking tours and more. (See full description here.)

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Quick facts:

  • no more than 30 participants each summer
  • 9 workshop sessions numbering no more than 12 writers + one private conference
  • weekly readings or symposia, with Q&A sessions, in the historic center
  • free walking tours and outings (see walking tours page)
  • no application fee
  • All applications are read by director Richard Katrovas and given feedback.
  • significantly reduced tuition (see tuitions page) 
  • full fellowships and TAships available (see fellowships page)
  • We will issue a full refund should the PSP be cancelled or should you be unable to travel due to the pandemic

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We are proud members of the

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWWP)

We will award up to six writers the following fellowships in 2022:

  • Franz Kafka Fellowship for unique, especially historically underrepresented, voices
  • Božena Němcová Fellowship for working mothers
  • Arnošt Lustig Fellowship for writers in need
  • Václav Havel Fellowship for writers who have not formally studied creative writing and/or have embarked on long-term, fulltime careers outside of creative writing

We also offer TA positions which lower the cost of tuition.

Note: An application to the PSP does not automatically qualify you for a fellowships. You must apply to fellowships separately. Further information and instructions on how to apply for fellowships and TAships may be found here. The deadline for fellowship applications for the 2021 session has passed.

On July 3rd, 2006, in the Magna Aula of Charles University’s Carolinas in Prague, the Prague Summer Program, then under the auspices of Western Michigan University, presented honorary doctorates for literature to two great Czech writers, president Václav Havel and Arnošt Lustig.

What the PSP Faculty Are Saying About Prague and the PSP

Patricia Hampl on What Keeps Her Coming Back to Prague
Jaimy Gordon on Prague as a City for Writers
Richard Katrovas on the Origins and Future of the Prague Summer Program for Writers