July 9th to July 31st, 2023

See last year’s schedule here for an idea of the pogam structure!

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 
  • each writer workshopped twice + gets 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.
  • scholarships and TAships available (see scholarships 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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News

PSP founder and director Richard Katrovas’s book of essays on the (mostly) American “community of poets” that shaped him as a writer will be out next month from LSU press! This “memoir in essays” promises to be by turns illuminating and entertaining to the aspiring poet, veteran writer, and everyone in between. Order here

What the PSP faculty are saying about Prague and the PSP

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.

Patricia Hampl  on what keeps her coming back to Prague 

Patricia Hampl 

Patricia Hampl, who broke through with her memoir A Romantic Education, about her travels through communist Czechoslovakia in the 70s, and has since become one of the most important American non-fiction writers, talks about the Prague Summer Program for Writers.

Jaimy Gordon on Prague as a city of writers

Jaimy Gordon 

National  Book Award winner Jaimy Gordon talks about Prague as a great city of writers

Richard Katrovas on the origins and future of the Prague Summer Program for writers

Richard Katrovas

2021: Richard’s latest book  Poets and the Fools Who Love Them: A Memoir in Essays Is forthcoming from LSU Press!

 

 
 
 

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