M.Phil. Creative Writing

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR12600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Trinity College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
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.

Description of Creative Writing

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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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 31 March
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 7250 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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 work on their portfolios.

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

Gerald Dawe and Deirdre Madden will carry the main weight of the teaching in workshops and individual supervision in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms. In Michaelmas Term Dr Siobhán Parkinson will hold a series of 2-hour workshops. In Hilary Term, Julian Gough, The Irish Writer Fellow will offer a specialist workshop and poet and publisher Prof Michael Hofmann will moderate the Briena Staunton Masterclass (2015) 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, Prof Gerald Dawe, Prof Paul Delaney and Prof Nicholas Grene teach the specialist subjects. The Writer Fellow workshop in Hilary Term is also available to selected students on the M.Phil.in Irish Writing.

Taught Elements:

Michaelmas Term:

Required Courses:

Workshops (20 ECTS)
These are weekly 3-hour workshops given by Prof Gerald Dawe (A) and Prof Deirdre Madden (B)

The Author, the Book and the Marketplace (15 ECTS)
This is a weekly 1-hour seminar given by Prof Jonathan Williams

Option Courses:

Michaelmas Term:

Visiting Writer specialist workshopA weekly 2- hour workshop given by the Dr Siobhán Parkinson, novelist

N/B M.Phil in Irish Writing Options courses are available for M.Phil in Creative Writing students on a strictly audit basis only.

Writing the Troubles (10 ECTS)
This is taught by Prof Terence Brown in a weekly 2-hour seminar.

Big House LiteratureThis is taught by Prof Paul Delaney in a weekly 2-hour seminar

Required Courses:

Hilary Term:

Workshops (20 ECTS)
These are weekly 3-hour workshops given by Prof Deirdre Madden (A) and Dr Gerald Dawe (B)

The Author, the Book and the Marketplace (15 ECTS)
This is a weekly 1-hour seminar given by, Prof Jonathan Williams

Irish Writer Fellow specialist workshop (10 ECTS)
A weekly 2-hour workshop taught by Mr Declan Hughes, Irish Writer Fellow in a weekly 2-hour workshop

The Practice of WritingThis 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.

Irish Poetry after Yeats (10 ECTS)
This is taught by Prof Gerald Dawe in a weekly 2-hour seminar

Ireland on Stage (10 ECTS)
This is taught by Prof Nicholas Grene in a weekly 2-hour seminar

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The Briena Staunton Masterclass in Poetry is an optional non-credited workshop which is being offered in Hilary Term by Prof Michael Hofmann in three weekly two-hour seminars (dates to be confrimed).
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Students take the specialist writing workshop led by the Writer Fellow in Hilary Term and can audit the specialist subjects on offer for the M. Phil in Irish Writing 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 Writing the Troubles, Big House Literature, Irish Poetry after Yeats and Ireland on Stage . These are taught in two-hour seminars meeting weekly through each term.

TERM 3: TRINITY TERM

During Trinity Term, students work independently on their portfolios.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Creative Writing

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.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5
  • TOEFL: 230-computer based, 570 paper based
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

Work Experience for Creative Writing

No work experience is required.

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