The simple question of what to write about is a formidable problem for any writer, but especially young writers who are beginning their careers. George Mason MFA students travel to a country of their choosing for a period between three weeks and two months. This travel either enhances a student’s ongoing project or serves as a first introduction to a new region of the world. Students then produce a work of art or scholarship based around their trip—a short story, an essay, a poem, a piece of journalism.
As education and literature becomes increasingly globalized and multi-cultural, The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center provides MFA students opportunities at the cutting edge of creative writing programs across the country.