M.Phil. Creative Writing

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 31 March
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,250 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This course, the first Masters programme in creative writing in an Irish university, was offered for the first time in 1997/98. It is based in the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21 Westland Row, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde.

The course is intended for students who are seriously committed to writing, are practising, or prospective authors and who wish to develop their writing within the framework of a university course and in the context of an Irish literary milieu. It involves the close and critical examination of the students' work in group workshops and under guided personal tuition, with the study also of the professional techniques of book editing and publishing, and the opportunity to explore the cultural and literary contexts of writing in Ireland.

Applicants, who are expected to have a university degree or equivalent qualification, are selected on the basis of a submitted portfolio of recent creative work. The guideline is for 12 pages of prose (short stories, excerpt from a novel or drama) or 6-8 poems; genres may be combined. There is no concentration in the course on any particular genre. The focus is exclusively on the individual student's strengths.

Students are required to take workshops, attend courses of lectures, and take one special subject or specialist writing workshop, while continuing to develop their own individual work throughout the year.

Contents

Teaching in this course takes place in two terms of twelve weeks duration. The first term is called the MICHAELMAS TERM, the second, the HILARY TERM. In the third term, TRINITY EXAM TERM, students begin working on their portfolios and attend several guest lectures/readings.

Students will be required to take workshops, courses of lectures, and take one special subject or specialist writing workshop, while continuing to develop their own individual work throughout the year.

Gerald Dawe and Carlo Gébler* will carry the main weight of the teaching in workshops and individual supervision in Michaelmas term. Gerald Dawe and Deirdre Madden will carry the main weight of the teaching in workshops and individual supervision in Hilary term. In Michaelmas term the Visiting Writer, Peter Fallon will hold a series of 2-hour workshops. In Hilary term, The Writer Fellow, Hugo Hamilton, will offer a specialist workshop. Richard Ford, the American novelist will conduct a special seminar in Michaelmas Term.

The literary agent and editor Jonathan Williams teaches the course on The Author, the Book and the Marketplace in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms. In Hilary Term, a number of invited guests as well as faculty speak on The Practice of Writing. Prof Terence Brown, Mr Gerald Dawe, Prof Nicholas Grene and Dr Heather Ingman teach the specialist subjects. The Writer Fellow workshop in Hilary Term is also offered to selected students on the M.Phil.in Irish Writing.

*(Ms Madden is on leave during Michaelmas Term 2010).

Taught Elements Michaelmas Term:

Required Courses:

* Workshops (20 ECTS)
These are weekly 3-hour workshops given by Mr Gerald Dawe (A) and Dr Carlo Gébler (B)
* Visiting Writer specialist workshop
A weekly 2-hour workshop given by Mr Peter Fallon
* The Author, the Book and the Marketplace (15 ECTS)
This is a weekly 1-hour seminar given by, Mr Jonathan Williams
* Prof Richard Ford Seminar
A special 3 x 2-hour workshop

Hilary Term:

Required Courses * Workshops (20 ECTS)
These are weekly 3-hour workshops given by Mr Gerald Dawe (B) and Ms Deirdre Madden(A)
* The Author, the Book and the Marketplace (15 ECTS)
This is a weekly 1-hour seminar given by, Mr Jonathan Williams
* The Practice of Writing
This is a series of weekly talks for the M.Phil. in Creative Writing during which writers from Trinity and outside College, working in Irish as well as English, speak about their own experience of the practice of writing.It is open to M.Phil. in Irish Writing students on a voluntary basis.

Option Courses: Michaelmas Term:

* The Poet and Poetry Yeats, MacNeice and Heaney (10 ECTS)
This is taught by Prof Terence Brown in a weekly 2-hour seminar.
* Twentieth-Century Irish Women's Fiction (10 ECTS)
This is taught by Dr Heather Ingman in a weekly 2-hour seminar.

Hilary Term:

* Ireland on Stage (10 ECTS)
This is taught by Prof Nicholas Grene in a weekly 2-hour seminar.
* Irish Poetry 1935-2005 (10 ECTS)
This is taught by Mr Gerald Dawe in a weekly 2-hour seminar.
* Irish Writer Fellow specialist workshop (10 ECTS)
A weekly 2-hour workshop taught by Mr Hugo Hamilton

Writing Workshop/Special Subjects/Independent project. Students may take the specialist writing workshop led by the Writer Fellow in Hilary Term or one of the specialist subjects on offer for the M. Phil in Irish Writing course in either Michaelmas or Hilary Terms. Admission to these special subjects depends upon the appropriateness of the course and the agreement of the lecturer. The special subjects currently offered are: The Poet and Poetry Yeats, MacNeice and Heaney, Twentieth-Century Irish Women's Fiction, Ireland on Stage, and Irish Poetry 1935-2005.

These are taught in two-hour seminars meeting weekly through one term. Instead of either the writing workshop or special subject, students may, with the permission of the Head School of English, Dr Darryl Jones, undertake an independent project relating to any subject taught in the School of English or any other topic selected with the approval of the Director of the M.Phil in Creative Writing, Mr Gerald Dawe and the permission of the Head of the relevant School.

Trinity Term: During Trinity Term, students work independently on their portfolios with occasional lectures and seminars to be announced.

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