Our Seminars at Montpellier

Courses and Activities

The Montpellier Writing Seminars are administered by the Glories of France, one of UNO's longest running and most successful study-abroad opportunities. Montpellier is a medium sized city, offering students all the advantages of a dynamic and cosmopolitan city but also the provincial charm of southern France, just minutes from the Mediterranean beaches. Accommodation is in the co-ed dormitories of the Université de Montpellier, but writing students may, for a small increase in cost, also opt for hotel-style accomodations in the downtown area.

Graduate Writers' Workshop, with Kay Murphy

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: ENGL 6171 Intensive Fiction Writing 3 cr. Admission by permission of the department. Training in the writing of short stories and novels, taught in an intensive (short term) format, in residence. May be repeated for credit. OR
ENGL 6173 Intensive Poetry Writing 3 cr. Admission by permission of the department. Training in the writing of poetry, taught in an intensive (short term) format, in residence. May be repeated for credit. OR
ENGL 6174 Intensive Non-Fiction Writing Workshop 3 cr. A workshop in advanced non-fiction writing, taught in an intensive (short term) format, in residence. May be repeated for credit with consent of department.

PROFESSOR'S ADDENDUM: This mixed-genre workshop will focus on participants' writing and revising; we will look at genres within genres and the many possible hybrids. Participants will be expected to read closely in all genres and provide both written and oral critiques of peer work.

Kay Murphy teaches writing in the UNO Creative Writing Workshop. She is the author of two books, The Autopsy (Spoon River Poetry Press) and Belief Blues (Portals Press). Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, has appeared in Ascent, Fiction International, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Poetry, and has been anthologized in Sweet Nothings: Poetry of Rock and Roll. Her work appears regularly in The American Book Review and other literary journals.

Note: this workshop will also feature readings and manuscript conferences by visiting writers to be announced.

Other Classes Available for Graduate Credit

FREN 3404 Special topics in French Civilization J. Cranmer, Academic Director 2003
ENGL 4390 Comparative Studies (Cross Listing)
The period in France, Known as the "Belle Epoque", from the 1880's to the beginning of WWI, is well-chronicled in poster images of the Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir by Toulouse-Lautrec, Chéret, Steinlein and others. This course will take a close look at this period in all its manifestations and will pay particular attention to the visual, musical, and literary arts of the time. Myriad new inventions and technological advances opened up possibilities of transportation and communication never before imagined. Artists and writers, for their part, rejected the esthetic expectations of the past and sought new means of expression, while a current of political and artistic conservatism struggled to maintain the status quo. This course will take a close look at this period in all its manifestations and will pay particular attention to the visual, musical, and literary arts of the time. Readings will be from the works of J.-K. Huysmans, Alfred Jarry, Georges Feydeau, Anatole France, Marcel Proust, Colette, and Guillaume Apollinaire, among others.

DRCM 4093,94,95 Public Speaking and Special Topics in Rhetoric, M. Kuss
This course will emphasize small group communication, discussion, listening and evaluation. We will drw on our rich European environments for topics and discussions emphasizing each student's unique European experience. This course may be taken in conjunction with the literary reading series for those wishing to improve their oral communications skills. Graduate students will be asked to critique other students' work as well as the readings presented by the professional readers.

DRCM 4540 The Development of the Cinema, M. Kuss
A history of the development of the cinema from the beginnings to the present day. Emphasis on the artistic, social, economic and technical phenomena which have influenced the growth of international films. Particular attention will be paid to the development of European Cinema from the early 20th century to the present, with emphasis on the films of Renoir, the French New Wave, the German and Soviet Golden Ages and the impact of American Film.

In addition to these classes, writing students may take any of the courses offered in the Glories of France program, such as French language at the appropriate level. Click here to view a complete list of available courses.

. Writing and literature students are also welcome on any of the weekly field trips to nearby historic sites such as Carcassone or Barcelona, as well as the trip to Paris. The program also provides a weekly bus to the nearby beaches, though students may easily access them on their own.

Other Activities

Readings and Guest visits: There will be student readings and also readings by special guest writers who will also visit the workshops on occasion. This summer Workshop leader Kay Murphy will be joined by Peter Cooley, Toi Derricotte, and Serge Doubinsky, among others.

Festivals: Two festivals will be ongoing during your stay in Montpellier. One is a short train ride away at Avignon. The Festival d'Avignon is a world renowned gathering of artists in theatre, music and dance. Click here to view the festival web site. And in Montpellier itself you will find Radio-France, an exciting annual festival of music and theatre.

Field Trips: The writing workshops in Montpellier feature several excursions to nearby sites, including Sete, the burial place of Valery. Included in the program cost is a weekend excursion to Paris for visits to the Louvre, the Sacré Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the historic Shakespeare and Company, and other Paris' sights of your choosing. Besides this major trip, one other excursion is offered each week, with individual professors offering other field trips as needed for their classes. Likely excursion destinations include the village retreat of Cezanne and many contemporary artists, Aix en Provence; the Gallo-Roman cities of Nimes and Arles; the fortified castle of Aigues-Mortes on the coast, where St. Louis set sail for the Holy Land, beginning the Crusades; and the medieval walled city of Carcassone, where the movie Robin Hood, with Kevin Costner, was filmed.

Beaches: Montpellier's Mediterranean beaches are world renowned. Within a short bus ride of the Glories of France accomodations you will find Palavas, Carnon, or La Grande Motte, with other options for white sand, blue water, and hot sun nearby also. It almost never rains in Montpellier, and classes are scheduled to allow for beach time every day if you feel the urge.

Nightlife and Culture: Montpellier is a city rich in historical monuments and museums. A Roman aquaduct runs through the middle of town. The town square, the Place de la Comédie, is the hub from which the cobblestone streets radiate into the old city. Along these streets can be found a vibrant nightlife of bistros, restaurants, and nightclubs.

Graduate Student Housing Options: As a participant in the Glories of France 2003 program, you will automatically have a room assigned to you in the student dormitory. This dorm is situated a block away from the university and cafeteria and it is about 20 minutes walk form the Old Town.

Graduate students will be placed in a separate wing in order to allow more privacy and quiet for your studies. Keep in mind that you will also be among French Graduate students living in the dormitory. Normally, our graduate students find our dormitories very comfortable and convenient to classes, afternoon activities, and excursions.

The rooms are comfortable and well equipped. You have a single bed, a desk, a refrigerator and a sink in every room. The bathrooms and showers are located down the hall. These are coed dorms.

If you decide to live away from the group, you will be given an allowance of $150 off the program cost, and you will be in charge of making your own living arrangements directly. UNO cannot take any responsibility for problems that arise with your rental.

One of the places you can contact is the Citadines. These are "aparthotels" situated about 40 minutes walk from the university (Citadine St. Odile) and one downtown that offers air conditioning (Citadine Antigone). Their prices vary depending on the size of the room or studio you rent (about $1,400.00 for the duration) but they do have a kitchenette, private bath and are located in very central places. Contact: http://www.citadines.com/; look under Montpellier.

Another option is a small studio with Bath and kitchen situated close to the train station. The name is L'Observatoire. This will be a little less expensive (about $600 for the stay) and it is on a main bus line that can take you to class in the mornings. Their e-mail is info@residence-lobservatoire.com
Please contact Marie Kaposchyn, coordinator, at mkaposch@uno.edu
if you decide to take one of these options.

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