Literary research and creative writing courses

Jagiellonian University can boast the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, whose main aim is to cross the boundaries between disciplines, countries, and languages by creating a meeting place for the international humanities community in Krakow. The chairperson of the Centre’s board is one of the most eminent specialists in the humanities, professor of literature, and literary critic, who received the Kazimierz Wyka Award in 2011 – Professor Michał Paweł Markowski. The Centre wants to participate in the need of change in the strategy of the development of Polish humanities and culture and its introduction into broader international circulation. Moreover, it wants to put more emphasis on educating an international elite in the humanities in Poland, build a globally recognised cultural research centre, and introduce a modern doctoral curriculum, matching the needs of the youngest generation of students. Apart from research and literary work, the Centre was also designed as a place for discussions on literature, art, aesthetics, and everyday life.

Students of the School of Literature and Art (SLA) also study at Jagiellonian University. It is the first so-called “School of Creative Writing” in Poland, operating since October 1994 at the initiative of Gabriela Matuszek, a professor at Jagiellonian University, on the basis of her original programme. The school’s lecturers have included outstanding representatives of the literary environment and Krakow: Czesław Miłosz, Stanisław Lem, Maciej Słomczyński, Dorota Terakowska, Wisława Szymborska, and today also: Olga Tokarczuk, Jerzy Stuhr, Andrzej Wajda, Adam Zagajewski, and Ewa Lipska. In the 1990s, the school’s graduates published a literary-artistic magazine entitled “Studium”. The SLA is a member of the European Network of Creative Writing Programmes.

An interesting base of the creative film and literary industry is the Krakow Screenplay School, focusing on the study of writing screenplays in accordance with the latest standards used in the film world. The curriculum puts an emphasis on the history of contemporary literature and the possibilities of adapting it for the screen, as the Krakow Screenplay School wants to arouse screenwriters’ and filmmakers’ interest in new Polish literature. The school refers to the idea of the Krakow school of film, i.e. the post-war Film Workshop of the Young established by Antoni Bohdziewicz, as well as the later Screenplay School.

The Novel Writing Month campaign – the Polish edition of the event for amateur writers, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) – serves not only the purpose of educating future authors, but also the promotion of a creative way of spending free time.