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As part of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing’s mission to become the driving force for a dynamic and entrepreneurial creative environment that will enrich Arizona and global communities we will send a delegation of Creative Writing Faculty and MFA students to Sichuan University [] during the summer of 2007.  Professors Jewell Parker Rhodes and Jay Boyer will teach the pedagogy of creative writing to Chinese faculty members with the support of MFA students Aimée Baker, Robby Taylor, Beth Staples and Caitlin Horrocks (post-MFA). 

International Writer’s Retreat

In January 2007 four MFA candidates, Aimée Baker, Max Doty, Michael Green, and Christina Hammerton, will spend 10 days at the Sanskriti Artists retreat in India.

The Sanskriti Residency Programme is a retreat offered to artists and scholars where they can reflect, interact, and create. Over the past few years the Sanskriti Kendra International Artists’ Residency Programme in New Delhi, India has provided residencies to over a hundred artists, poets, scholars, and writers from nearly 30 countries, and to some 300 craftspersons and cultural activists. The residency programme has helped to significantly foster understanding between different cultures thorough the sharing of ideas and life experiences.

International Writers Exchange

In 2004, the Piper Center for Creative Writing established international exchange agreements with Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) and Warwick University (WU) in London. Student exchanges with RHUL and WU will begin in Fall 2007.  The Piper Center for Creative Writing also has student and faculty exchange programs with the National University of Singapore and Sichuan University in China.

The Piper Center for Creative Writing is currently exploring exchange programs, residencies, and opportunities in India, France, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

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International Creative Writing Travel and Research Fellowships

The Piper Center International Student Fellowships were created to give students the opportunity to study abroad between semesters by providing resources to help make their projects successful. Click here for more information and guidelines.

Two post-MFA students received International Creative Writing Travel Fellowships in 2006, Douglas Jones and Elizabyth Hiscox.  Doug and Elizabyth will travel to Durham University in the United Kingdom.  Among other duties they will organize and perform a reading from their creative work for the Durham community and organize and lead community or student creative writing workshops

In 2007 MFA candidate in fiction, Darcy Courteau, will travel to Kolkata (Calcutta), India to work on a trilogy of short stories set in India.  Darcy will meet with an organization of Indian writers involved in community outreach, Kalam, visit local art galleries and give a reading at Kolkatat’s world-renowned Oxford Bookstore. 

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Summer International Teaching Fellowships

International Summer Teaching Fellowships are offered on an ad hoc basis to qualified and available students. Each year the Piper Center for Creative Writing strives to offer new and diverse partnerships with schools across the globe to enrich our students’ teaching dossiers; however, these opportunities are not necessarily ongoing nor guaranteed year-to-year.

In 2007, through an ongoing strategic partnership with the National University of Singapore’s University Scholars Programme, 2 Summer Teaching Fellowships were awarded to Max Doty and Meghan Brinson. These students will lead writing workshops for NUS students and alumni as well as for Singapore high school students. The Piper Center provides a cash stipend to fund their travel.  NUS provides housing and accommodations to them during their stay.

Click here for more information on MFA Student Fellowships and Financial Assistance.

Click here for recent news from Summer International Teaching Fellowships.

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