The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing's Global Outreach programs currently extend to:
ARGENTINA, the names of Argentina, the Rio de la Plata, and the city of La Plata are all derived from the Latin or Spanish word for silver. Early explorers were in quest of a legendary mountain treasure of silver—the Sierra de la Plata—but, though Peru and Bolivia are major exporters of silver ore, Argentina is not. An hour’s drive south of Buenos Aires, La Plata is the capital city of the province of Buenos Aires, and was founded in 1882 as a planned city: a gridded square bisected with diagonal streets (lined with linden trees), which converge at several plazas. Today, the city is a university town, populated with students from all over the country and the world.
CHINA, the most populous nation in the world, roughly the same size by land area as the United States. Over the past 5 years, ASU creative writing students and faculty have visited cities all across China from Beijing on the eastern coast to the Tibetan plateau in the west. And right in the middle of the country, ASU is partnered with Sichuan University, working with them to develop China’s first creative writing program at a Chinese university.
GREECE, the birthplace of western literature, Greece has one of the richest literary heritages in the world. Located at the end of the Balkan Peninsula, it is also a nation of islands, including well over a thousand, giving Greece the twelfth longest coastline. Athens, the capitol and largest Greek city, boasts an epic breadth of history and is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.
MONTREAL, the second largest city in Canada, located in southern Quebec where the Ottawa and Saint Lawrence Rivers merge, at the western end of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Formerly the center of Canada’s industry and finance, today Montreal is known as the cultural capital of Canada, and is famous for its churches and belltowers.
OXFORD/WALES. It may be small, but the United Kingdom boasts a rich culture steeped in history, and a broad literary tradition to match, spread across urban and rural extremes. London is densely packed with vibrant cosmopolitan communities and some of the greatest and most accessible art and literature collections in the world.
PRAGUE. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Prague is located on the River Vltava within the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. With more than 1100 years of history, this city retains elements from all the eras of its past, and is the perfect place for writers to find inspiration.
SINGAPORE. An island city-state in the heart of Southeast Asia, between Malaysia and Indonesia, Singapore is highly cosmopolitan and diverse with Chinese people forming an ethnic majority and with large populations of Malay, Indian and other people. Singapore has its own unique characteristics: efficient and safe, lively and cultured, with a diverse arts scene.
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