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This course, the first Masters course in creative writing in 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.
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
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Applicants, who are expected to have a university degree or equivalent qualification, normally in English or another appropriate subject, will be selected on the basis of a portfolio of recent creative work submitted with the application. 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. 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.
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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 will 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.
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