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  • Locations: Denpasar, Indonesia; Singaraja, Indonesia; Ubud, Indonesia
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

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Dates / Deadlines:

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Key Experience Criteria
Key Experience Criteria
RMIT schools: Media and Communication Study level: Undergraduate, Vocational Education
Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
About your Experience

Ubud Writers festivalProgram details:

  • Tour Leader: Penny Johnson
  • Program Dates: 19 – 29 October 2018    
  • Availability: 10 students
Interested in cross-cultural writing and publishing activity in the culturally rich and stunning setting of Singaraja/Lovina Beach and Ubud in Bali?
The Write, Edit, Bali study tour will take a small group of students from the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing (PWE) to Bali, to engage in cross-cultural project work with creative writing students from Ganesha University in Singaraja (20–23 October) and around the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (25–29 October).
In Singaraja you will have an authentic immersive experience with Indonesian writing students through a series of workshops and collaborative work. The anticipated outcome is a performance and/or publication. The Indonesian students with whom you are collaborating are enrolled in a creative writing course at Ganesha University, taught by Balinese poet Kadek Sonia Piscayanti. With the Indonesian students, you will engage in co-writing activities and will edit one another's work. This will give you experience in editing the work of writers for whom English is not their first language and in conducting discussions around writing, editing and publishing that are sensitive to different cultural perspectives. A number of formal and informal social activities are also arranged to enhance social and working relationships, and to promote cross-cultural knowledge and understanding.

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) is Indonesia's leading writers festival. Founded by Australian-born resident Janet DeNeefe, it brings together writers and readers from across Indonesia and the region, with strong representation from Australia and high profile international writers. The festival is striking for the extensive involvement of young Indonesian writers, working in a range of languages; the ease of networking; and the degree of interaction with the local community through ancillary cultural programming and events in local galleries, restaurants and museums. During these 4 days you are encouraged to attend events showcasing Indonesian writers and writing, and soak up the debates and presentations that highlight contentious contemporary issues of interest to writers and editors around the globe. While at the festival you may also be working to produce a publication and/or engaged in a performance, e.g. poetry slams.
Students will be expected to participate in daily scheduled workshops and activities, as well as undertaking some independent participation, research and writing. Students should approach this study tour with an open mind, a willingness to be flexible, and patience with collaborators from non-English speaking backgrounds.
The study tour provides students with an opportunity for immersive learning, authentic collaborative projects and publication/performance opportunities. This is the new frontier for the publishing industry, requiring writers and editors to be global, collaborative, agile and entrepreneurial. Our students need to be ready and able to form creative partnerships with emerging writers beyond our shores and outside traditional English-language markets.

Program cost
The approximate cost of the program will be $2,000 - $2,500*, plus spending money. This amount should cover:
  • Return airfares and travel – $800–1000
  • Accommodation – $600–800
  • Meals – $30 x 10 days – $300
  • Festival tickets – $140 (student price)
*This is an estimate at the upper end. You have the option of organising cheaper flights and accommodation, which will reduce the overall cost.
RMIT will also contribute a small amount to your costs as per the funding section below (approximately $400, depending on study tour numbers).
Additional costs to consider:
  • RMIT tuition tee
  • Host Country Visa (if applicable)
  • Personal Expenditure
** Travel insurance:
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances. 
For more detailed information, please refer here

  • Students must be in Year 1 or 2 and enrolled in AD016 Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing and show good progress in their writing and editing skills.
Academic Credit
Work undertaken on this study tour can be used as assessment towards one of the following courses: COMM2456 Building a Strong Narrative; COMM2461 Writing Workshop; COMM2460 Towards Publication; COMM2459 Inside the Industry

Application and Selection process
STEP ONE: Apply for this program on Mobi by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on this page by DEADLINE.
Complete the following questionnaires:
  1. Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
  2. Short Term Mobility: General Information
    • Students should attach the following supporting documents under Short-term programs questionnaire: 'Statement of Purpose'- A supporting letter including a personal, a professional and a program/ educational goal you have set for yourself to achieve as a result of your participation in the course and associated placement and an outline of travel previously undertaken and what impact this travel had on you
STEP TWO: Short listed students will be notified interviews will be conducted if required.

  • $4000 Mobility Grants available to be divided among successful students 
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.

2017 student feedback
  • “It changed me as a writer and editor, and also really connected me with my peers in the course.”
  • "I loved how quickly all the students bonded over our writing. The task of writing together and discussing craft really opened us up to some wonderful friendships."
  • “I enjoyed how open and welcoming Sonia’s students were – their honesty, humour and generosity – both with food and with writing!”
  • “The collaboration reminded me that storytelling is essentially an act of giving. You tell stories as a way of inviting people into your world.”
  • “The time we spent in Sinagraja and Ubud was illuminating and will reside in my mind as a formative experience.”
  • “Laughing, learning, sharing. Being open and inquisitive and free. Sometimes I feel that the Melbourne writing community can be insular, competitive and results-driven. It was special to create without that background noise.”

More information:
Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing
Penny Johnson

Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.