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Drexel Summer Break in Haiti: Creative Writing Intensive
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
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Class Eligibility:
Freshman, Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore
Type of Program:
Intensive Course Abroad
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Program Advisor:
Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:

The ProgramHaiti PEN

The focus of the Haiti Creative Writing Intensive is to understand the role of creative writing (fiction and poetry) in creating grassroots change. The trip is based in Port-Au-Prince and nearby towns where you will meet with change makers:  authors, artists and musicians and have the opportunity to view their work and hear their stories in person to fuel your dreams. 
Mornings will be spent in writing workshops. In the afternoon, you will meet with world renown Haitian authors, as well as participate in creative writing sessions with local emerging writers. A highlight of the trip are our meetings at the PEN Haiti mansion, which is the new home of PEN Haiti--a successful literary center--after the original building was destroyed in the earthquake. Among our activities at PEN Haiti is a special session with PEN Haiti's President and founding officers. Students will also have the experience of meeting the children of Love Orphanage, learning about key issues that children face in Haiti.

The Haiti Creative Writing Intensive is designed as an optional add on to WRIT 304 and ENG 103 taught by Professor Harriet Millan, but is open to ALL students in the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing, as well as English majors or minors, and students studying Arts Management, Screenwriting or Playwriting, French or International Area Studies. Other interested majors should contact the Study Abroad Office before applying. You must have a keen interest in studying creative writing to participate in this trip.

To learn more about this program, read Prof. Millan's article featured on PEN about the first Haiti Litery Tour in June 2013 as well as a Drexel article that interviewed one of the first participants. 

"...My experience in Haiti has changed my life. It is one that I will never forget. Thank you for giving me the opportunity..." Parker Bell, Business major

"...The week in Haiti is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one that no one should pass up!" Kerri Heard, Global Journalism major


The Academics

Select readings of Haitian poetry and fiction, essays, and articles will be assigned prior to the program. While in Haiti, students will participant in writing workshops, independent writing, and peer critique sessions, which will culminate in final creative writing assignments to be submitted at the end of the program.

Credit: Students will be registered for 1 credit for ENGL 298 Haiti Creative Writing Intensive as part of summer term registration. Interested students can receive 3 credits as part of an independent study that continues after the trip. Credits may be applied toward the Certificate in Writing and Publishing and elective credits. Students will receive a Drexel grade for this course that is factored into their GPA.

Instructor: Professor Harriet Millan, Director of Drexel's Certificate Program in Creative Writing and PublishingHaiti lit

2016 Program Calendar

Arrival Sunday June 12th              Departure Saturday June 18th

Itinerary Highlights
-Visits to PEN Haiti Literary House
-Activities with the children of Love Orphanage
-Creative writing workshops with local emerging writers
-Guest lectures/workshops with several Haitian Authors
-Creative writing with ESL students at Haitian American Caucus
-Voodou Rock music concert at the famed Olaffsson Hotel
-Visit to the Iron Market
-Day at the beach

2016 Program Fee: $1,850

-- Advanced Payment due with application: $650
-- Final Payment due May 1st:  $1200

*Payments are non-refundable unless the program does not run for unforeseen reasons.
The program fee includes:
-- R/T group flight from NYC to Port-au-Prince
-- Lodging (double or triple room with Drexel students)
-- Airport pick-up / drop-off in Port-au-Prince
-- In-country transportation (private van and driver)
-- Hot breakfast dailyHaiti Lit 2
-- Welcome & Farewell dinners, some lunches
-- Writing workshops & related activities
-- Music concert cover charge
-- Beach entrance fee
-- Translator fees

Not included in program fee:
-- Most lunches and dinners (approx. $200)
-- Spending money for bottled water and souvenirs (approx. $50)
-- Airport shuttle to/from JFK airport (approx. $75 - $100)
-- Passport ($135)

Accommodations: The Drexel group will have double or triple occupancy rooms at Le Plaza Hotel, a lovely, locally owned hotel in the heart of Port-au-Prince. Le Plaza Hotel has two restaurants and a pool on the premises, as well as free wi-fi. Buffet breakfast is served daily and included in the program fee.

Visa: US citizens are not required to have a visa. Non-US citizens should check the Haitian Embassy website to confirm whether a visa is required and also notify Drexel ISSS of their plans to travel abroad.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 03/15/2016 06/12/2016 06/18/2016
NOTE: *Program dates are tentative and will be confirmed after application deadline.
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