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  • Locations: Lewes, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 04/01/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Description:
Creative Writing Banner

The Program
  • A 16 day intensive-writing program, designed to expose students to the history and literary inspiration of one of England’s most remarkable landscapes.
  • Amble the countryside of southern England, stopping at local places of interest, including the homes of Virginia Woolf and Rudyard Kipling.
  • Compile written works in a variety of genres into a final portfolio of poems, short fictions, and reflective essays.
Your Host City: Lewes
Lewes is a quirkily historic market town near England’s south coast and an hour by train from London. Local attractions range from Lewes Castle, Bull House (once the home of Tom Paine), and The Round House (a former windmill owned by Virginia Woolf) to timber-framed bookshops and one of England’s oldest working breweries. The Greenwich meridian runs through the town—there’s even a pub named after it—but the great appeal of Lewes lies in its location; the town is wedged into a scenic gap in the South Downs and dozens of spectacular walks depart from its environs.  Brighton, England’s liveliest seaside city, is less than a half hour away by train.

Faculty Director Profile:
Paul Blaney

Paul Blaney is an instructor in the English Department and Writer-in-Residence at the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. His publications include two novellas (Handover and The Anchoress) and the 2015 novel, Mister Spoonface.
Click here to read an original poem by Mr. Blaney related to the Creative Writing summer program!

Resident Director Profile:
Catherine Charlton

Catherine is the Rutgers Resident Director to the UK and Ireland. She lives in England, is a keen walker and writes a blog.

To view the program’s 2018 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

The program will be loosely based on Virginia Woolf’s daily schedule. Each morning will be dedicated to writing. After lunch students will walk (weather permitting) or visit local sites, before returning to base for quiet reading or group discussion of works in progress.

During the program students will also visit local areas of interest.  These excursions will include Monk’s House, home of Virginia Woolf; Charleston Farmhouaw, home of Vanessa Bell, Virginia’s sister, and a center of the Bloomsbury group.  We will also attend a public reading with a celebrated author (to be determined) as part of the Charleston Literary Festival, a trip to the Globe Theatre in London to attend a workshop, tour and play, Ditchling Arts and Crafts Museum and Bateman's, home of Rudyard Kipling. The syllabus below will contain a provisional itinerary and dates for the program.

For an example of the work that students produce on the Creative Writing program please take a look at Juhi Farooqui's Walking Essay and her Final Essay.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay in shared rooms at the White Hart Hotel in Lewes.  A full English breakfast is included each morning.  Other meals will be taken at local restaurants.

Financial Information
For more information about finances, including additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships. 

Student Essay Examples
Juhi Farooqui
Walking Essay
Final Essay

Morgan Dodds
Final Essay