July 9th to August 3rd, 2022

Application deadline: April 15th, 2022

For an idea of the schedule, check out last year’s 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 
  • 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.
  • 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 will award up to six writers the following fellowships in 2022 

Franz Kafka Fellowship
For unique 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. 

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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