Professor Geoghegan Hosts Workshop for Italian High School Students

Professor Geoghegan and students from Liceo Isacco Newton

Professor Geoghegan and students from Liceo Isacco Newton

On Wednesday May 16th, John Cabot University welcomed students from Liceo Isacco Newton, along with their professors Cinzia Cetraro and Roberto Ingravalle, for an all-day Creative Writing Workshop, hosted by JCU professor Elizabeth Geoghegan.

The workshop was part of the Giorgio Melchiorri Scholarship, organized by Liceo Principal Mario Rusconi to award their best English students for their efforts during the academic year. During the day, students got involved with reading and discussing short stories from world-famous authors such as Ernest Hemingway, and then writing some stories of their own taking inspiration from the pieces read.

Professor Geoghegan praised the students’ enthusiasm and level of English: “They’re really good students, with remarkable English, and it’s great to see high school students getting involved and sharing their interest in improving their writing; by visiting our JCU campus, they are also able to get a feel for the American college experience.”

Since its founding in 2009, the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation has quickly become a thriving community of writers in Rome. The Institute’s reading series has featured such luminaries as Kim Addonizio, Marianne Boruch, Peter Campion, Kevin Craft, Eliza Griswold, Joseph Harrison, Jay Hopler, Kimberly Johnson, Richard Kenney, Brad Leithauser, Robert Polito, Mary Jo Salter, and Edmund White. In Summer 2012, the Institute will welcome Billy Collins and Joyce Carol Oates as its writers in residence

Anyone interested in participating in a Creative Writing workshop or taking courses in Literary Translation can participate in the Institute’s summer session. It’s easy! Just apply as a regular Summer I student and sign up for at least one of the many creative writing or translation courses offered. Courses are taught by renowned faculty from the United States, Italy, and Europe. The costs are the same as JCU’s regular summer program with the added bonus that you will be invited to additional social and educational events with students and faculty who love creative writing, translation, and Rome.

Check out the Institute page for further information!