This creative writing course focuses on the timeless works of British fantasy fiction authors and, throughout the semester, gives students a chance to craft their own creative works. We will visit Edinburgh, London and Oxford, where our group will visit the many haunts associated with J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman. Your home for two weeks will be ancient Alnwick Castle, home of the 7th Duke of Northumberland and site of the first two Harry Potter films. Highlights include a “back door” tour of literary Edinburgh, tea at the Balmoral Hotel where J.K. Rowling penned her final words of the Harry Potter series, a side excursion to Oxford for essential Tolkien/Lewis-related sites such as the Eagle and Child pub, Magdalen College, and Wolvercote Village. This May, we will take a closer look at the Roman history of the UK, which clearly influences the mythologies and ancient tales that give rise to fantasy fiction. In London, we’ll enjoy a double-decker bus tour of the city, visit the Tower of London and attend a performance of Julius Caesar Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. In addition to taking in the sites of London—including the British Museum, The British Library, evensong at Westminster Abbey, and a bankside walk along the Thames—accommodations will be just steps away from famous Kings Cross Station.
Successful completion or currently enrolled in 200-level survey literature course
Program Price Includes
UM Tuition, housing, program excursions, some meals, international health insurance
Program Price DOES NOT include
UM Study Abroad Application Fee, airfare, personal spending money, passport and visa fees, most meals