Alternate content for script Text Only VersionSkip to Main Content

International Writers' Retreat


The MFA in Creative Writing program at Rosemont College will offer its annual International Writer’s Retreat in January 2019. This year we will be traveling to Siracusa, Sicily with an optional 2 day excursion to Malta from January 2,-12, 2019. MFA in Creative Writing graduate credit, non-credit, and companion prices are available. Airfare is not included.


December 7

Pre-trip meeting  6 pm in  Main Building

January 1

Departure from Philadelphia

January 2

Arrive Catania (Sicily); Transfer to Siracusa by Taxi

FREE DAY (Acclimate to time change)

7 pm  Welcome dinner

January 3

09:00 - 10:00  

Orientation with coffee at SCIE Center followed by Ortigia Tour -  including market, cathedral



3.00 - 06:00

Writing session

January 4

09:00 - 12:30

Visit Neapolis Archaeological Park Catacombs of San Giovanni


OPTIONAL (not included) Malta - fly from Catania TBC

January 5

08:00 - late

FREE DAY or Excursions in Malta including St. John’s Cathedral, Malta  Experience & Hal Siflieni Hypogeum

January 6


Return to Siracusa - fly to Catania evening TBC

January 7

10:00 – 12:00 

Literature Session

3:00 – 6:00 pm

Writing session

January 8

All Day

Taormina and the Ancient Greek Theater & Wine-tasting

January 9


Cooking class

January 10

07:00 am - 07:00 pm

Agrigento - Valley of the Temples and museum

January 12


Departure from Siracusa