Creative Writing (M.Phil.)
1 Year Full Time ; 16 places
This course, the first Masters course in creative writing at an Irish university, was offered by the School of English for the first time in 1997–98. It is based in the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21 Westland Row, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde. Its faculty includes some of Ireland’s leading contemporary writers, including Eoin McNamee, Deirdre Madden and Kevin Power, Harry Clifton and Carlo Gébler. Each year the Centre also plays host to visiting Writer Fellows, who in recent years have included Claire Keegan and Colette Bryce. Distinguished alumni of the programme include Chris Binchy and Sean O’Reilly. Nicole Flattery and Lisa Harding have emerged as exciting new talents in the past few years.
The M.Phil. in Creative Writing is designed as a one-year, full-time course intended for students who are seriously committed to writing, are practising, or are prospective authors, and who wish to develop their writing within the framework of a university course and in the context of an Irish literary milieu. It involves the close and critical examination of the student’s work in group workshops and under guided personal tuition, with the study also of the professional techniques of book editing and publishing, and the opportunity to explore the cultural and literary contexts of writing in Ireland.
Students are required to take workshops, attend courses of lectures, and take one specialist writing workshop, while continuing to develop their own individual work throughout the year. At Trinity you will also join a diverse, supportive and dynamic community of students, scholars, and writers in a world-leading English department right at the heart of one of the world’s great literary cities. You will also have access to the outstanding library and archival collections of our world-famous copyright library.
Hilary Fannin (Graduated 2018)
"The year I spent at the Oscar Wilde Centre gave me the time, the focus and, crucially, the support to complete my first novel, which was be published by Doubleday in the spring of 2020. The collegiate atmosphere, the sharing of ideas, the opportunity to experiment with new forms, all underpinned by a sense that the work really mattered, were of immeasurable benefit to me. I honestly can’t envisage having brought the novel to completion without my Wilde time."
Sara Baume (Graduated 2010)
"My year in the Oscar Wilde Centre represented a certain freedom while also providing a certain structure. I had some wonderful tutors and fascinating classmates. I didn't have had a manuscript by the time I graduated, but instead I had the requisite toolbox to pursue a writing career."
Philip St John (Graduated 2008)
"Though I had published short stories before my year in The Oscar Wilde Centre, I lacked confidence in my work. After completing the M. Phil., I found that I wrote with far more authority and consistency – in the past three years I have had three plays produced, one optioned for a film, and another translated for performance in Italy. Through its expert and friendly guidance, and its stimulating blend of emerging talents, the Centre enabled me to refine my vision. I highly recommend it."
Gerard Lee (Graduated 2007)
"I like to think that I entered the Oscar Wilde Centre as a dabbler in verse and emerged, if not quite a fully-fledged writer, then at least well on my way. I can't imagine a more glorious setting for any writer to have an epiphany than in Oscar Wilde's old living room, which is where most of our discussions, analysis, creative exchanges and of course writing took place. The diversity of writing styles and reading taste among my fellow students broadened my own creative vision in unexpected and enriching ways. The tutors, all practitioners themselves, guided our sessions with focus, respect and sensitivity. Participating in the MPhil programme definitely helped to place writing at the centre of my life and work. My debut novel Forsaken was published by New Island in 2014, and I'm off to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre soon to continue work on my second novel, The Hitman's Guide to the Underworld. To date I've had four plays produced, and a fifth, This Old Man, is set for a production in 2016. I've recently finished work on Perfect Shadows - The Last Days of Christopher Marlowe."
1 Year Full Time
Number of Places16
Closing Date31st March 2021
Applicants are expected to hold a university degree or equivalent qualification (at least an upper second or equivalent, GPA of at least 3.3). In addition, applicants must submit a portfolio of selected recent creative work. The portfolio of sample work should include no more than 3000 words of prose (short stories, excerpt/s from a novel or drama) or 6-8 poems; genres may be combined but this is not a requirement
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