CU and Visiting Undergrads, Graduate Students, and Postgrads
Columbia Summer Program
Paris Then and Now: Circles of Influence
Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in Everything.
James Thurber (1918)
Come write, study, and explore the literary life in Paris this summer with the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts. During this intensive month-long program, creative writing students will focus on the mutual influences among French and English-speaking writers from Modernism to the present moment while writing their own fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, inspired by this storied cultural capital and one of the most important literary traditions in history.
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Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in good academic standing. Graduate students and post-graduates may also apply.
Recommended one semester of French or the equivalent.
Preference will be given to creative writing majors but it is also appropriate for students with a demonstrated interest in writing, translation, and/or French language and culture, with preference going to those who have completed at least one creative writing workshop.
All students enroll in the following course:
CREA S4300. Paris Then and Now: Circles of Influence. 4 pts. Stacy D’Erasmo and Sonya Chung.
Please note that the documents below are for Summer 2012 and are provided for credit purposes and as a sample. Do not use the information below to purchase tickets or make weekend travel plans. Information for 2013 will be provided after admission to the program.
This course consists of both a writing workshop and a cross-genre seminar exploring the extremely robust artistic traffic in and through Paris in the last century. In the seminar section of the course, we will take a look at the modernist, the writers of Negritude, the groundbreaking nouveau romanistes, and some of the many writers who have used Paris as setting and inspiration. In the workshop section of the course, we will discuss students’ fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and explore how individual work transforms under the Parisian influence.
In addition to the core seminar and workshop, we will arrange special guest lectures by prominent writers and scholars; talks by French editors, agents, translators, and writers; study groups that discuss the influence of film, music, and visual media on literature; and a weekly writers salon.
The course is made up of the following components:
An intensive study of the mutual influences among French and English-speaking writers from modernism to the present day, focusing on Paris as the site for extraordinary literary exchanges. We will examine the cross-pollination within and among four major groupings—modernists, negritude, the nouveau roman, and the use of Paris as setting and site.
A weekly roundtable discussion of student fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For their final portfolios, students will be required to produce creative work that makes use of the influences they’ve experienced during their time at Reid Hall.
Formal Study Group:
As complement to the seminar, the study group examines interdisciplinary artistic influence. Students will be asked to create a literary work influenced by a different artistic medium.
Individual Student Conferences:
The instructors will meet with students to discuss their portfolios, their progress in their reading, and any concerns they might have.
Guest Lectures and Readings:
Guest lectures will focus on major currents in contemporary French literature. Writers, editors, artists, and translators working in Paris now will read and discuss their work.
Weekly Wrap Up:
An informal meeting of all students and professors to discuss connections between the speakers, readings, and assignments for that week.
An open forum for reading and performance—students, faculty, and any visitor who cares to contribute will offer their work.
Workshops for students of all levels of French where they can discuss linguistic and cultural questions as well as work on conversational and vernacular skills.
Course Requirements and Credit
Students will be expected to attend all classes and events and to complete a workshop portfolio, a writing project for the seminar, and creative project for the interdisciplinary study group.
The course will provide 4 Creative Writing credits.It will count as one of the Creative Writing major's four required 3-credit seminars or as one of the three required 3-credit “related courses.” The one remaining credit may be combined with two other credits, for example from a one credit independent study or a one credit master class, and count as a “related course”.Distribution of the credits will be determined in conference with the DUS for Creative Writing, Timothy Donnelly.
Independent Study: There will be a limited number of 2 point independent study projects that build and expand upon the cross-cultural, multi-genre aims of the program and that bear relevance to the students' own creative work.
Students arrive in Paris
Students depart from Paris
Sonya Chung is the author of the novel Long for This World (Scribner 2010). Her stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tin House, Sonora Review, FiveChapters, BOMB Magazine, and the anthology The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, among others. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers' Fellowship & Residency, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She is a staff writer at The Millions and Associate Editor of The Common. Sonya is a graduate of Columbia College (BA), and the University of Washington (MFA), and has taught, prior to Columbia, at NYU, the College of Mount St. Vincent, and the University of Washington.Sonya Chungis the author of the novel Long for This World (Scribner 2010). Her stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tin House, Sonora Review, FiveChapters, BOMB Magazine, and the anthology The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, among others. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers' Fellowship & Residency, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She is a staff writer at The Millions and Associate Editor of The Common. Sonya is a graduate of Columbia College (BA), and the University of Washington (MFA), and has taught, prior to Columbia, at NYU, the College of Mount St. Vincent, and the University of Washington.
Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; A Seahorse Year, which was named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Newsday; and The Sky Below, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year. She is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Review , Bookforum, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is an assistant professor of writing at Columbia University. In the spring of 2011, she will be in residence at the American Academy in Rome as the 2010-11 Sovern/Columbia Affiliated Fellow.
Please click on the following file for a list of people who were guests of the program in Summer 2012. Guest for 2013 will be finalized after admission to the program.
Students stay in single rooms in dorm-style accommodations in close proximity to Reid Hall where the program is based.
The program is based at Reid Hall, Columbia University's campus in Paris. For over a century, its long and distinguished past of intellectual, artistic, and cultural exchange has earned it a significant place in the relationship between France and the United States. Currently, Reid Hall also serves as an educational center for many American universities and for scholars from around the world and it hosts hundreds of events annually including lectures, film screenings, art exhibits, concerts, and conferences.
Reid Hall is located on the Left Bank in the lively Montparnasse (6th arrondissement) within walking distance of the Luxembourg Gardens as well as the Latin Quarter and various branches of the University of Paris. The grounds of Reid Hall include a beautiful private interior courtyard and gardens, a small reference library, a computer room, classrooms, two large conference rooms, and administrative offices. Reid Hall is open seven days a week and has a wireless network.
The list below is intended to summarize possible charges that could be incurred against a student's account. Certain charges depend upon specific circumstances, as noted.
*One-time fee for Visiting Students only **Required of any student who withdraws from program once registered
Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.
The estimated expenses below are NOT paid to the program. The figures below can be used to plan average meal and miscellaneous costs while in Paris. However, please remember that each person has individual spending habits and that you must decide for yourself how much to budget. Depending on your living arrangements and own spending habits, as well as the depreciating dollar, you may decide to bring more than what is listed below. Also remember that travel within France and Europe can further increase costs.
Round trip airfare NYC-Paris
Financial Aid and Funding
If you are on financial aid, check to see if it can be applied to your study abroad.
Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Lindsey Schram (email@example.com) if you are interested in applying after the deadline has passed.
How to apply:
The online application includes the following:
A writing sample (up to 20 pages for prose or 10 pages for poetry)
Study Abroad Approval Form/Clearance for undergraduates
Please click here to access the "start an application" button where you will find further instructions and the above materials.
If the button indicates that the program is not currently accepting applications, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, school, Paris Writing, and term of interest. We will notify you as soon as the application is available.
If you have questions about the content of the course or your eligibility, please contact the course instructors, Sonya Chung (email@example.com) or Stacey D’Erasmo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have general questions about your application or living in Paris, please contact the Office of Global Programs at email@example.com or 212-854-2559.
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.