Bring epic stories to life by traveling their landscapes

Do you love to lose yourself in a good book? Do you have aspirations to be a writer? If so, you’ll love this exciting summer program – Walk in Aristotle’s footsteps as we discuss a novel about his years as tutor to Alexander the Great. Find Helen of Troy in the pages of modern books and in the ruins of the hilltop shrine where she was worshipped. Let the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke be your guide in the National Archaeological Museum.

You’ll explore myths that continue to shape the way we think about love, war, family, sacrifice, politics, friendship, place, honor, even storytelling itself. You’ll also start looking at the way those stories have been reconsidered in current literature. We’ll meet inside the classroom but also at points of interest around Athens and beyond.

  • Athens -  During the first two weeks of this literary odyssey you’ll read literature inspired by Greek myth and history while traveling through fabled settings. Your guide in this adventure will be Moira Egan, the author of six poetry collections, who has been teaching poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for more than 20 years.

  • Island of Aegina - Escape to the island of Aegina for the culmination of your program: a week-long writing retreat in a secluded 19th century villa (a few steps from the beach). This retreat offers a chance for writers of any level to come together in a close and supportive community, surrounded by a stunning inspirational landscape. Beginners are welcome, and experienced writers can expect a high level of critique and discourse.

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Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 2015 6/14/2015 7/9/2015 3 $5,400 3/31/2015 More Info

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