Welcome to Creative Writing at UCC

This site is a road map to the world of creative writing at UCC.  The School of English offers creative writing at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level. See what we do – check out our blog written by students, see the major names in literature who visit our campus, and explore the numerous courses we offer that redefine and broaden what it is to be a 21st century creative writer. 

News and Events

Rose wins Young Writer award

Rose Keating has done the School of English proud.  She has just been announced as a winner of the Marian Keyes Young Writer Award Summer 2019, hosted by the Irish Writers' Centre.

Rose is an undergraduate studying at UCC on a Quercus creative writing
scholarship. She has been published in Banshee, Southword, Hot Press and in UCC's literary journal Quarryman. She also writes a column for the Waterford News and


Guardian nomination for Conal

A round-up of summer publishing news from the MA. 

Conal Creedon, our Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing is on the Not the Booker Prize long list with his recent novel, Begotten not Made (Irishtown Press). https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2019/jul/29/not-the-booker-longlist-vote-now-to-decide-the-2019-shortlist?

MA student Molly Twomey will have a flash fiction piece appearing in a forthcoming issue of the literary journal, Banshee.

Dr Laura McKenna's  novel, submitted for her recently conferred PhD, Words to Shape my Name, reached the longlist of this year's Bath Novel Award.  Laura's novel centres around Tony Small, an escaped slave who became a personal assistant to the Irish rebel aristocrat Lord Edward Fitzgerald.

Congratulations to all of them!


Paris Residency for Eibhear Walshe

Congratulations to our Director of Creative Writing, Eibhear Walshe, who has been awarded a literary residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.  He will be spending time at the Cité internationale des Arts campus in the centre of Paris in later 2019, working on his new novel and researching on the Paris riots of 1968, a key element for this new work!

Bloody Marys all round!

"I'm going to make you Bloody Marys. . . " Expect the unexpected in episode 7 of Beau Williams' summer soap in the Echo

It's not too late to catch up on the second week of Beau Williams' fictional serial "Bleach" now running in the Evening Echo.  

Despite its title, "Bleach" is a grisly romance story set in Cork about two housemates with a terrible secret. Catch up here - https://www.echolive.ie/.../Summer-Soap- and read on, as the soap reaches its climax.

The "Summer Soap" serial project, now in its fifth year, is the product of a co-operative arrangement between the MACW's Writing for Media module, led by Mary Morrissy, and the  Echo, co-ordinated by Features Editor, John Dolan. 

Beau's classmate Christie Kannapel  authored another serial, this one featuring time travel - "One Summer in Cork" -  which ran in the Echo last month. 

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