This course - the first Master's programme in Creative Writing offered in an Irish university - was offered by the School of English for the first time in 1997. It is based in the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21 Westland Row, Dublin 2, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde.
It involves the close and critical examination of the students' work in two separate group workshops and under guided personal tuition. Workshops are the heart of the course and offer participants the opportunity to discuss in an encouraging environment where and why a piece of work is not of a high enough standard and how it may be re-written in order to ensure that it does what the author wishes it to do. Students will also engage with professional techniques of book editing and publishing, and share the opportunity to explore the cultural and literary contexts of writing in Ireland.
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Applicants, who are expected to have a university degree or equivalent qualification, normally in English or another appropriate subject, will be selected on the basis of a portfolio of recent creative work submitted with the application. The portfolio of sample work should include no more than 3000 words of prose (short stories, excerpt/s from a novel or drama) or 6-8 poems; genres may be combined but this is not a requirement. Students are required to take workshops, attend courses of lectures, and take one specialist writing workshop, while continuing to develop their own individual work throughout the year.
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