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  • Locations: Doolin, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Inis Mor, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Creative Writing Workshop in Ireland

The Creative Writer's Workshop study abroad program guides you through simple and fun right-brain/left-brain exercises, which draw upon your imagination as you learn the principles of story and express your creativity through writing fiction, memoir and autobiographical fiction. New, emerging and advanced writers are offered the opportunity to explore fiction and life experiences through the creation of story, in a chosen genre, be it Literary Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Memoir, Crime, Children's, Popular Fiction etc. The aim of the program is to trigger and deepen imaginative concepts, strengthen writing voice and enhance inherent creativity so that you understand story and learn how to write best sellers. The program also includes intensive workshopping of stories. Students are welcome to develop a concept they have previously worked on, or use the workshop to access new writing concepts. The writing program also includes guided mythology walks and talks to ancient sites on Inis Mor Island and an exploratory adventure in the Burren landscape.

Program Details

Seeking Credits for the Following:

  • English (ENGH) 392: Forms of Fiction
  • English (ENGH) 393: Forms of Nonfiction
  • English (ENGH) 398: Fiction Writing
  • English (ENGH) 399: Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • English (ENGH) 492: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
  • English (ENGH) 497: Topics in Creative Writing
  • English (ENGH) 608: Craft Seminar
  • English (ENGH) 616: Nonfiction Writing Workshop
  • English (ENGH) 618: Fiction Writing Workshop
  • English (ENGH) 619: Special Topics in Writing


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University. Non-students are welcome to apply, with space provided in priority to registered students. 


High-end self-catering apartments and guest houses:  Salthill, Galway; Kilmurvey, Inis Mor; The Lodge, Doolin; Staunton's, Dublin.

Program Cost (Summer 2017): $6150

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Housing
  • Breakfast in Inis Mor, Doolin and Dublin
  • Basic food in apartments upon arrival: tea, coffee, scones, milk, sugar, butter
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Guided walks to ancient sites on Inis Mor Island
  • Transportation during program - bus between Salthill and Galway for daily class; taxi, coach and ferry to Inis Mor Island; coach and ferry from Inis Mor to Doolin; coach on Inis Mor Island to ancient sites and evening restaurants; coach tour of Burren; tour Cliffs of Moher
  • Island Talk: Inis Mor
  • Burren Tour - Castles, Forts, High Crosses
  • Tickets to Cliffs of Moher
  • Tickets to Writer's Museum Guided Tour
  • Yeats Exhibition, Dublin National Library of Ireland
  • Copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook
  • Bus tickets from Doolin to Galway
  • Coach from Galway to Dublin
  • Taxi to tours
  • Celebration Dinner at end of program
  • Administrative services in Ireland and at George Mason University
  • Pre-departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Personal spending
  • Some meals
  • Other transportation

Program Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Galway, Ireland.  Settle in before a Welcome Dinner in the evening.
Days 2 - 6 Writing program
Day 7 Free day
Day 8 Ferry to Inis Mor
Day 9 Guided walk and talk on the Mythology and Ancient Sites of Inis Mor
Days 10 - 11 Writing program
Day 12 Additional guided walk and talk on Mythology and Ancient Sites
Day 13 Writing program
Day 14 Travel to Doolin
Day 15 Free day
Day 16 Writing program
Day 17 Writing program followed by trip to the Cliffs of Moher
Day 18 Writing program followed by trip to the Burren. This trip will include visits to Coole Park, a guided talk on Yeats and Lady Gregory plus a visit to a casel and ancient Burren site.
Days 19 - 20 Writing program
Day 21 Free day
Days 22 - 24 Writing program
Day 25 Travel to Dublin
Day 26 Visit to the Yeats Exhibition at the National Library of Ireland followed by guided literary walking tour of Dublin
Day 27 Guided tour of the Writer's Museum
Day 28 Free day
Day 29 Depart Dublin to arrive back in US
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed.  Full syllabus available upon request.

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Directors

Irene Graham

William Miller

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/19/2017
Rolling Admission 05/28/2017 06/25/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.