Make The Connection

Theory-to-Practice Grant, ‘Writers and World Citizens: The Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon’

January 13, 2015 – by Katie Nunner '15

Julia Stone ’16

Learn how OWU’s Course Connections, Travel-Learning Courses, Theory-to-Practice Grants, and other programs prepare students for global citizenship and leadership and help them…Make the Connection.

Ohio Wesleyan English professor David Caplan, Ph.D., led a group of students to Lisbon, Portugal, to attend the ‘Disquiet International Literary Program.’ Run by North American writers with ties to Portugal, the annual program seeks to ‘deepen mutual understanding’ among writers from both countries. (Photo courtesy of Julia Stone ’16.)

Julia Stone ’16

Name: Julia Stone ’16
Majors: French and English (Literature and Creative Writing)
Hometown: Oxford, Ohio
Experience: Theory-to-Practice Grant, ‘Writers and World Citizens: The Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon,’ July 2014

Lessons Learned:

“My experience in Lisbon for the Disquiet Literary Festival showed me a new community of writers that strengthened not only my writing, but also my understanding of the writing ‘culture.’

“I didn’t expect to gain this new understanding of what it is to truly be a writer. I loved interacting with other enthusiastic writers and attending readings and events around Lisbon.

“Meeting creative writers who had gotten their MFA or were in the process of doing so was very helpful because they helped me plan for my future as a writer.

“I also loved writing in Portuguese cafés and experiencing a different culture while making connections with writers and my fellow student-travelers. It was interesting being on the younger age range of the program because I learned a lot from the older, more experienced writers.

“An experience like the Disquiet Literary Festival is important because it gives students a chance to improve their craft in a writing workshop filled with passionate people, in an unfamiliar and culturally interesting location.”