The UCC MA in Creative Writing encourages students to pursue creative excellence and to nurture and develop their writing in a university atmosphere. The course supports a full exploration of the creative self while also maintaining a strong vocational emphasis.
A rich variety of modules is available, including Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing. The School of English hosts an annual Writer-In-Residence who leads a workshop on the MA course. Recent holders of this prestigious post have included poet Leanne O’Sullivan, dramatist Michael West and fiction writer Conal Creedon. This year (2017/18) Welsh short story writer, essayist and editor Thomas Morris will hold the post – https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/a-welsh-view-of-thomas-morris-an-exile-s-sharpened-vision-and-a-joycean-ambition-1.2504178 /.
The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences also hosts two international fellows who teach on the MA programme. The Frank O’Connor Fiction Fellow 2017 is American novelist and short story writer Marie-Helene Bertino – http://www.mariehelenebertino.com/ – and the John Montague Poetry Fellow for 2018, the inaugural year of the Fellowship, will be acclaimed war poet Brian Turner. http://www.brianturner.org/poetry/