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Craft of Fiction (2): The Novel / EN6056 (5 credits)


This seminar class takes on the close formal analysis of  the novel.  It comprises of a close study of  a set text and independent reading of six other novels. The in-depth study enables students to learn how to read like a writer with particular emphasis on recognizing key technique tropes – plot, characterization, narrative register, point of view, drama and dialogue.

Craft of Fiction (1): The Short Story / EN6062 (5 credits)

[Autumn Semester 2018 – Visiting Frank O’Connor Fellow, Carys Davis]

This class, which is part seminar/part workshop, examines the short story form in detail. Students read and analyse short story texts and apply what they’ve learnt in a series of craft writing exercises and in original fiction pieces that form part of the final portfolio for the course.

Mythology and Contemporary Poetry / EN6060 (10 credits)

This course invites a close study of the ongoing persistence and creative value of mythology in
modern poetry. Every week we will look at a myth/traditional narrative and how contemporary
poetry responds to the imaginative, political, and personal dimensions that that myth still
conveys in contemporary poetry. Among the poets studied will be Jorie Graham, Paula Meehan,
Seamus Heaney, Czeslaw Milosz, Eavan Boland, and Eilean Ni Chuilleanain. Informing myths will
be Ceres and Persephone, Diana and Acteon, scenes from The Odyssey, and others.  The course
will culminate in a weekend trip to the Beara Peninsula, to visit ancient sites such as the Hag of
Beara, the gravesite of the Children of Lir, and Teach Donn (the gateway to the Celtic


Poetry 1 / EN6031 (10 credits)

The core of Poetry 1 is a weekly, three hour workshop which includes focused reading of one aspect of poetic craft (eg. form, imagery, sound, language), as well as a reading and workshopping of one poem that each student has written over the previous week.  The aim of the workshop is to write poems that are of a publishable standard and to allow students to mine the inevitable and imaginative wellspring of material that will comprise their poems.

There will be an opportunity to read widely and to also discuss elements of technique and theory. Students receive regular one-to-one tutorials and extensive feedback on their poetry.

This course is a pre-requisite for Mythology and Contemporary Poetry.

Dissertation in Creative Writing / EN6040 (40 credits)

[April – August 2018 – All Creative Writing Staff]

This is the final module of the MA in Creative Writing, undertaken from April to August – September (in the case of part-time students, in the second year). The dissertation comprises a substantial piece of creative writing, usually in a single genre (fiction, short story, poetry, memoir, radio drama etc.). This final project is the capstone of the learning experience on the MA and is written with the support and direction of a member of staff, with professional experience of the genre being undertaken. The length of the work will depend on the chosen genre, but is normally no longer that 15,000 words.