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"Writing out of Place" will take students on a journey they'll never forget. With a small, supportive group of peers, they will gain insight into another culture, build their stamina walking the beautiful forested trails of the Himalayas, and develop the
Location:
Mussoorie, India
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
This writing workshop, to be held in Mussoorie, India, will foreground, by the fact of our journey, questions of location and dislocation. Writing is always a complex negotiation between what we know and what we imagine, what we see and what we project or interpret. Such negotiation is greatly intensified for the person “out of place”—a condition that one, as a traveler, chooses to inhabit. Our travel experience to the Himalayan Mountains will provide us with abundant cultural, geographic, and ecological material to draw from and write about, but distance will also produce a fresh encounter with the concept of “home.” These are rich matters to investigate as writers, and we will explore location and dislocation through three forms: nonfiction narrative, poetry, and fiction.

"Writing out of Place" will take students on a journey they'll never forget. With a small, supportive group of peers, they will gain insight into another culture, build their stamina walking the beautiful forested trails of the Himalayas, and develop their skills as creative writers.

In “Questions of Travel,” Elizabeth Bishop wrote, “should we have stayed at home,/ wherever that may be?" She seems to suggest that home becomes less knowable, rather than more, as a function of the journey. These are rich matters to investigate as writers, and we will explore location and dislocation through three forms: nonfiction narrative, poetry, and fiction.Joon Yoo India photo The seminar will require several types of work: pre-travel reading, journal keeping (notes from guest talks, readings, and excursions), writing in different forms, group workshop, and revision. Students will finish the course with notes for future writing, drafts in process, and a portfolio of finished work. Our daily schedule will be flexible to accommodate excursions, but there will be at least fifteen hours of group instructional time per week.
Setting Description:
Housing & Meals: Students will be housed in hotel accommodations during their time in Delhi and Rishikesh, followed by dormitory-style residence halls at the Hanifl Centre in Mussoorie. Three meals per day will be included in the program cost. Cultural Activities: -Guided tour of some of the principal monuments of Delhi -Visits to Hardiwar, a pilgrimage town on the Ganges, and Rishikesh, a renowned ashram center -Jeep safari through Rajaji National Park -Excursion to the Sanji village school -Excursion to a Tibetan refugee colony -A temple visit to Surkanda Devi -Optional treks to nearby Himalayan peaks -Guest lecturers will speak on Himalayan culture, local ecology and geography -Possible cooking class, Hindi lesson, and/or yoga lesson
Cost:
$4,032 (estimated cost)

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