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Creative Writing

Course Outline
Creative Writing allows us to interact with and shape our changing world; to study and influence artistic values and practices; and to cultivate inventive and authentic forms of expression. The UCC MA in Creative Writing encourages students to be curious about literature, to pursue creative excellence and to 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 dynamic 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 being performed, transformed and adapted. Some of Ireland's greatest writers have studied or taught at UCC, including Frank O'Connor, Sean O'Faolain, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and John Montague. 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 and previous holders of this prestigious post have included Mary Morrissy, Claire Keegan and Matthew Sweeney.

This MA gives you the opportunity to write in an empathetic and academically rigorous context, amidst a dynamic cultural milieu. Core modules address key creative techniques and help sustain and refresh your writing. Professional development is mentored and supported via modules in The Business of Writing and in the Creative Industries.

Why Choose This Course
This Creative Writing MA programme allows the student to interact with and shape our changing world; to study and influence artistic values and practices; and to cultivate inventive and authentic forms of expression. The UCC MA in Creative Writing encourages students to be curious about literature, to pursue creative excellence and to 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. The course sustains and supports a life-long relationship with writing.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines. Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree at Second Class Honours level (2.2 or above) in any discipline. For North American students a cumulative GPA of 3.2 is normally expected. Applicants with relevant writing or arts experience (eg. working in publishing, journalism or arts administration) are also invited to apply.

All applicants will be asked to submit a short piece of creative writing (of at least 1000 words (any genre). This piece of creative writing will be used by the teaching team to evaluate each applicant's suitability. Further examples of applicant's work may be requested.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

CKE10: 1 Year full time.
CKE58: 2 Years Part Time

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours and evening hours over 2 years. Taking the course part-time takes 24 months.

The part-time option for the MA in Creative Writing is offered biannually. We will be taking a part-time cohort in September 2021.

Course Practicalities
The MA in Creative Writing is taught on Mondays and Tuesdays during the Autumn and Spring Semesters (September to March). Seminar hours are approximately 6-8 per week and reading hours / writing assignments are likely to take another 8 hours per week. The course involves a mixture of seminars, workshops, placement and writing practice and students will work on self-reflexive essays and projects.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
It provides an excellent foundation for a variety of writing careers, including authorship across a range of forms and styles, journalism, teaching and arts administration. The design of the MA will enable contacts with agents, publishers, and the professional world of the creative industries produce well-crafted writing in one of the forms of creative writing experiment with, engage with, and reflect on a diversity of writing practices express an awareness of the role of technique and craft in their own work, that of their peers, and that of other writers understand the importance of editing and revision in the process of writing express an awareness of the creative process in their own work, that of their peers, and that of other writers develop appropriate research methods and record processes of self-reflection reflect upon and discuss the conceptual challenges of the creative process understand the practical constraints and professional opportunities of life as a writer.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr. Eibhear Walshe
e.walshe@ucc.ie
+353 21 490 2584 / 490 2664 / 490 3677
http://creativewritingucc.com/

Ms. Leanne O'Sullivan
leanneosullivan@ucc.ie
+353 21 490 3891 / 490 2664 / 490 3677

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits as follows:
Part 1 (50 credits)
Core Modules
• EN6034 The Business of Writing (5 credits)

Elective Modules
Students take 45 credits from the following:
• EN6031 Poetry 1 (10 credits)
• EN6032 Fiction Workshop (10 credits)
• EN6033 Writing the Self: Fiction and non-Fiction (10 credits)
• EN6042 Creative Writing Workshop (5 credits)
• EN6056 Craft of Fiction: The Novel (5 credits)
• EN6057 Writing for the Media (5 credits)
• EN6060 Poetry 2: Mythology and Contemporary Poetry (10 credits)
• EN6061 Poetry Workshop (5 credits)
• EN6062 Craft of Fiction: The Short Story (5 credits)

In order to ensure coherence and a good workload balance over the course of the programme, students will select their modules in consultation with the programme coordinator and other members of the Board of Studies as appropriate. Not all modules may be available every year.

Part II
• EN6040 Dissertation in Creative Writing (40 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours and evening hours over 2 years. Taking the course part-time takes 24 months.

The part-time option for the MA in Creative Writing is offered biannually. We will be taking a part-time cohort in September 2021.

Modules
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Comment

Who Teaches on the Programme
Eibhear Walshe
Mary Morrissy
Leanne O'Sullivan

Assessment method

Students are assessed continuously during the course, submitting specified creative work alongside commentaries on their own creative practice.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.
Closing Date: 1 May 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 1 March 2020
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

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