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London Calling: 
A Creative Writing Seminar

​What richer city landscape and culture to inspire writing than London-town. This city where Shakespeare held court. William Blake’s on again, off again muse. Dickens’ social burden yet undying love. The city to spawn Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and James Bond.  It is a city of many guises, dominant across many historical eras, but still it remains the city, the place called London.  In this writing-based, thematic course, we will immerse in the “place” of London as we walk its physical, temporal, and cultural landscape.  We’ll dive into relevant writings across genres, exploring the London locales to inspire these works or where the writer lived or was his frequent haunt.   We will also delve into some of the significant films and principle music inspired by or situated in the city of London.  In the last fifty years, in fact, music more than anything has captured the sense of London in its time and place—songs from the likes of the Beatles to the Clash, the Sex Pistols and Blur, Elvis Costello and Robyn Hitchcock, and most recently Adele, Amy Winehouse, and P.J. Harvey.  Other writers considered in this course include Sarah Kane, Harold Pinter, Jez Butterworth, Edward Bond, Mark Ravenhill, and Zadie Smith. Ultimately, through our study, experience, and imagining, each student will write their own sense of London, its place, its mystery, its secrets, its nightmares and dreams. ​

Location: London, England

NY departure and return dates: July 6–August 4, 2015

Arrive in London the morning of July 7th
Course: English 162, Literature and Place (3 credits) 

Faculty: Professor Tyler Rivenbark

               Program Costs

Cost (includes all expenses below): $3850

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $780

Travel insurance: $45

           Consultation fee (housing, tours, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner): $3025

Not included in the above cost:

Airfare: $1000 - $1300 (estimate)

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $25 to $30 per day.

Application Deadline April 2, 2015

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

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Scholarships available for Queens College students!

Education Abroad Office
King Hall, Room 207
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad

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