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Creative Writing

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 inexpert 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.

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 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: Minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 100

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests

Duration

1 Year full time.
2 Years Part Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours and evening hours over 2 years.

Careers or further progression

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

Dr. Eibhear Walshe
E: e.walshe@ucc.ie
P: +353 21 490 2584 / 490 2664 / 490 3677
W: http://creativewritingucc.com/www/

Subjects taught

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.

PART I
Core Modules (15 credits)

These Core Modules address two of the central aims of the programme: to help students understand the practical constraints and professional opportunities of life as a writer in a variety of potential contexts; and to cultivate an inventive, authentic and self-aware writing style.

EN 6034 The Business of Writing (5 credits)
EN 6035 Writing and Experiment (10 credits)

plus 35 credits from a combination of the following elective modules:

Elective Modules
These Elective Modules allow students to experiment with, engage with, and reflect on a diversity of writing practices, and to shape their own creative journey via their chosen modules.

EN6044 Craft and Technique of Fiction (1): The Short Story (5 credits)
EN6056 Craft and Technique of Fiction (2): Reading the Novel (5 credits)
EN6032 Fiction Workshop (10 credits)
EN6033 Writing the Self: Fiction and non-Fiction (10 credits)
EN6031 Poetry 1 (10 credits)
EN6043 Poetry 2 (5 credits)
EN6042 Workshop with Writer-in-Residence (5 credits)
EN6037 Food Writing (5 credits)
EN6038 Writing for Radio (5 credits)
EN6057 Writing for the Media (5 credits)

PART II
Core Module
This Core Module represents the culmination of the learning process fostered by this programme. Students produce a substantial portfolio of work and record the processes by which they write and research.

EN 6040 Dissertation (40 credits)

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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.

Unique Aspects of the 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.

Assessment method

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

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.
Closing Date: 1 May 2017

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee:
€6,500 full-time;
€3,250 per year part-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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