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Writing the Self: Fiction & Non-Fiction / EN6033 (10 credits)

Memoir, biography and autobiography constitute some of the most dynamic and exciting forms of life writing and this module introduces students to advanced level study of theories and practice around the writing of biography and memoir, by locating key examples in literature and culture from writers such as Wilde, Proust, McGahern, Sage, O’Faolain and others. It allows students to explore the creative practices around their own use of memoir and memory recall, within the genres of poetry, fiction and other forms of writing and, week by week, draws on a variety of techniques to open out this vital element within the imagination.

The Business of Writing / EN6034 (5 credits)

This core module promotes an awareness of the business and commercial aspects of writing and introduces students to the practical aspects of working as a professional writer. The module also encourages students to gain experience of working in creative or cultural organisations, and draws on speakers from the world of publishing, the arts and literary organisations.

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.

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.

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


Madeleine D’Arcy shortlisted for Edge Hill Short Story Prize

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We are thrilled to announce that Madeleine D’Arcy, a graduate of our inaugural MA in Creative Writing class, has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Congratulations Madeleine!

Now in its ninth year, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize it is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories. Prizes include a £5,000 main prize and a £1,000 Readers’ Prize.

‘Writing Historical Fiction’

 ‘Writing Historical Fiction’ at the Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society at UCC, Friday 12th June.

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The School of English is sponsoring a panel discussion on ‘Writing Historical Fiction’ as part of the Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society12-14 June 2015. The panel features Martina Devlin, author of The House where it Happened, a gripping novel set in Antrim in 1711/12 and exploring Ireland’s only witchcraft trials. The panel will also include Mary Morrissy, lecturer in Fiction, and Laura McKenna, PhD candidate in Creative Writing. The panel takes place on Friday, 12 June, 2.30-4. This session is open to all.

Full details of the conference programme and online registration for those wishing to attend the other conference sessions are available on the ECIS website.