Authored by the Program’s director Richard Katrovas

The 2024 PSP will run from Saturday, July 6 (arrival day), to Wednesday, July 31 (departure day). 

Workshops

The PSP will consist of two workshops, one prose (fiction and nonfiction), the other verse and prose. I will determine which of the two you will join. Workshops will run 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday (8th, 15th, 22nd), Tuesday (9th, 16th, 23rd), and Wednesday (10th, 17th, 24th). 

Supplementary Events

There will be literary walking tours, and formal lectures by two of the Czech Republic’s most respected literary scholars, one on modern Czech literature (Petr Bilek) and the other on the reception of American literature in Czech culture (Hana Ulmanová). 

There will be a symposium on literary publishing led by Hana Zahradniková, senior editor at Argo Publishers. 

There will be live literary readings at Shakespeare & Sons Bookstore, and virtual readings at a state-of-the-art theatre near Prague’s center. 

There will be at least one weekend excursion, to Česky Krulovand/or Terezín. 

Manuscript Conferences

During May and June, I will conduct a virtual manuscript conference with each individual accepted into the program. Each PSP participant will have an additional manuscript conference, virtually, during the program with a member of the PSP’s permanent faculty, or with another respected writer/writing pedagogue. 

I will hold “office hours” on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Housing

More granular details will follow, particularly regarding housing. 

Program price

$2,200 

$1,800 if recommended by any past participant of the program 

$1,500 if recommended by anyone who has taught in the program

$1,200 if you attended the PSP at any time in the past thirty years, or matriculate at a Michigan institution of higher learning other that Western Michigan University

$800 if you are a matriculating graduate or undergraduate student of Western Michigan University 

Recommendations should be in the form of brief e-mails addressed to Richard Katrovas, director, Prague summer Program: katrovas@aol.com.