Residencies are held in two of the country’s most exciting and literary cities: Chicago and New York.

Students will kick off their Fifth Semester in Chicago, living, eating and writing for four days in a chic luxury loft that’s walking distance from the El, award-winning restaurants, bars, and shopping.

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Then, after four months of one-on-one remote writing mentorship and manuscript development, students will conclude their Fifth Semester in New York, where home is a classic and elegant Upper East Side brownstone mere blocks from Museum Mile and Central Park, and a quick cab ride to Times Square, Broadway, and all of the other amazing attractions the Big Apple has to offer.

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*PLEASE NOTE* Because part of our mission at The Fifth Semester is community, we value everyone living and writing together. In some cases, this may require double-occupancy of rooms at the residencies. We will make every effort to accommodate special needs of students in advance.