A note from the program director, Richard Katrovas:
You’re reading this because you’re a writer, and you want to spend quality time over the summer, in the midst of other committed writers, concentrating on your work. You’ve likely heard of the Prague Summer Program, that it’s the oldest, most venerable study-abroad program for writers in the world. Perhaps you’ve heard that, over its quarter-century of existence, nearly two thousand aspiring and established writers have attended the Prague Summer Program. Perhaps you’ve heard, too, that some of the most important writers working in the English language have served as Prague Summer Program mentors, and that dozens and dozens of books have been published by writers who’ve attended the Prague Summer Program, and that many stories, poems and essays by Prague Summer Program alumni have appeared in the most important journals, magazines and anthologies in the English-speaking world.
What you may not have heard is that the reason for the Prague Summer Program existing extends well beyond educational tourism, is grounded in the unique literary history of a tiny nation in the heart of Europe, a nation defined by a beautiful and complex Slavic language that only ten million people speak and that nonetheless has given the world numerous literary giants whose greatest works have been translated expertly into English.
The Prague Spring was the nexus of Eastern-Bloc dissidence and Western counterculture; it was one of the most beautiful moments in modern cultural, and political, history. In celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary in 2018, we also celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Prague Spring, a dynamic movement led by writers, such as Václav Havel, who spoke truth to power and bound America’s counterculture to the dissident culture behind the Iron Curtain. The Prague Summer Program exists as a tribute both to the Prague Spring of 1968 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989.