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Creative Writing

Wales, UK
May 27 – June 7, 2019

Course Overview

The Dylan Thomas International Summer School is a 12-day intensive creative writing program, with a focus on “spirit of place” in its daily writing workshops, excursions, and evening readings by visiting authors. An added benefit is the chance to study with a diverse mix of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate writing students.

Program Details

  • The program cost includes:
  • One UMBC course taught by Professor Sally Shivnan (ENGL 475, 3 credits)
  • Waived UMBC tuition
  • Housing with private baths
  • All meals
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off in London
  • Guest speakers
  • Cultural Activities and field trips
  • International Health Insurance

Pre-Departure Program Requirements

  • Minimum GPA: You must have at least a 2.5 GPA when you apply and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Attend Study Abroad 101: One-hour sessions are held every Monday at 12pm, Wednesday at 11am and Thursday at 3pm in Administration Building 301.
  • Drop-In Education Abroad Advising: You must meet with an Education Abroad advisor during a drop-in advising session. Drop-in advising is available every Tuesday at 3pm and Friday at 12pm in Administration Building 301.

Cost and Payment Schedule

Charged to Student Account



Non-Refundable Application Fee


Day after application deadline

Non-Refundable Confirmation Deposit


Within 10 days of committing to program

Program Fee (remaining balance)

Program Specific

Remaining program fee (minus the $500 deposits previously paid) is billed upon registration for study abroad course/s

Non-Refundable Late Application Fee


Late fee is charged if you apply after the standard deadline

The Country

The programis hosted bythe University of Wales Trinity St David in the small town of Lampeterin Wales, UK. This beautiful campus, dating from 1822, is close to both the coast and the mountains, an ideal base for daily excursions that invite students to connect to landscapeand culture in their writing. From ancient castles to dramatic coastal cliffs to historic mining towns, Wales provides the inspiration for the program’s “spirit of place” theme.

Faculty Overview

Sally Shivnan teaches writing for the English department at UMBC. She is the author of the short story collection Piranhas & Quicksand & Love, and her fiction, essays, and travel writing have appeared in many publications and in anthologies including The Best American Travel Writing series. “Prose and Poetry,” her broadcast at the Radio Reading Network, streams to blind and visually impaired listeners, bringing them a range of classic and contemporary works. Since 2016, she has been helping UMBC students explore creative writing, and the beautiful country of Wales, at the Dylan Thomas Summer School program.