The UCC MA in Creative Writing encourages students to be curious about literature , to pursue creative excellence and to nurture and develop their writing in a university atmosphere. The course as a whole encourages and supports a full exploration of the creative self while also maintaining a strong vocational emphasis. All of our courses are embedded in Cork’s creative milieu, rooted in expert practice and taught by highly accomplished professionals. A rich variety of modules are available, including Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing. Creative non-fiction options include innovative courses in Food Writing and Writing for Radio.
The School of English in UCC treats writing as a living, evolving practice : students taking the course will read and write in a context in which literature is constantly being transformed and adapted. Some of Ireland’s greatest writers have studied or taught at UCC, including Sean O’Faolain, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and John Montagu. Notable poets associated with UCC include Sean Lucy, Tom McCarthy, Sean Dunne, Paul Durcan, Theo Dorgan and Leanne O’Sullivan. The School of English hosts an annual Writer-In-Residence. Previous holders of this prestigious post have included Mary Morrissy, Claire Keegan and Matthew Sweeney.