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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: Samuel Pepys, Karl Marx, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, Graham Greene, Doris Lessing, China Mieville, 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. ​

To enrich both the personal and writing experience, students will volunteer with Unseen Tours, a non-profit organization that trains London homeless to be walking tour guides. For the capstone creative piece of the course, students must integrate reportage about and reflection on their experience, the tour guide, the tourists, the characters they meet, and of course themselves.

 

The culture program includes: a welcome and farewell gathering, entrance to The Dickens House and Tower of London, a cruise on the River Thames, and entrance to the birthplace of time (Greenwich Median Time, to be exact).​

Syllabus​

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Location: London, England

NY departure and return dates: July 10–August 8, 2014

Arrive in London the morning of July 11th
 
Course: 3 credits, English 395
 

Faculty: Professor Morgan Schulz

Program Costs

Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $3997

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $735

Travel insurance: $37


           Consultation fee (housing, tours, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner): $3225

Total cost with airfare: $4997

Airfare: $1000 (estimate)

Additional costs

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $15 to $20 per day (approximately $420 to $560)


Application Deadline April 7, 2014

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.


Apply Today ​

Scholarships Available for Queens College students!​ ​​​


Education Abroad Office
Queens College, CUNY
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5521
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad




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