Students intending to apply for this course should submit online at: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az/course.php?id=DPTEN-CWRI-1F09
All enquiries on the M Phil in Creative Writing should be addressed to Course Director or Ms Lilian Foley (firstname.lastname@example.org ) Administrator, Oscar Wilde Centre, School of English
Duration: One year, full-time
Closing Date: 31st March in the year in which admission is sought.
The M PHIL IN CREATIVE WRITING – the first Master’s programme in creative writing in an Irish university – was offered by the School of English for the first time in 1997-1998. It is based in the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21 Westland Row, Dublin 2, 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 two separate group workshops and under guided personal tuition. Workshops are the heart of the course and offer participants the opportunity to discuss in a safe environment where and why a piece of work is not working and how it might be re-written or taken in a new direction so that it does work and does what the author wants it to do. Students will also study the professional techniques of book editing and publishing, and share 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, 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 special subject or specialist writing workshop, while continuing to develop their own individual work throughout the year.