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  • Locations: Doolin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Inis Mor, Ireland
  • Program Terms: 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: 3
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: Fiction & Memoir

Ireland, Summer 2018

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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.
The Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction and Memoir will give participants three weeks on the west coast of Ireland, a place often described as one of the most spectacular meetings of land and sea in the world.  The journey begins in the vibrant city of Galway and then moves to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, and finally to Doolin, near the Cliffs of Moher.   One aim of the program is to give you time to absorb this rugged, beautiful landscape that for centuries has inspired artists, saints, and seers.  The days are structured to help you focus and deepen your imagination, enhance your understanding of craft, and create stories and memoirs that embody your vision.   While participants are urged to use this experience to create new work, you are welcome to develop concepts already in progress.   Several hours each day will be set aside for writing, and the program includes craft talks, readings, workshopping, exercises designed to stimulate imagination and creativity, beach walks, guided visits to ancient sites, and adventurous explorations, by land and by sea, of some of iconic features of this fabled Celtic landscape.

Program Highlights

  • Immersive experience for writers of fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction
  • Traditional workshops, craft seminars, and journal writing
  • Work with Irene Graham, founder of the Creative Writers’ Workshop in Kinvara, Ireland, whose teaching is designed to trigger and deepen imaginative concepts, strengthen writing voice, and enhance inherent creativity
  • Visits to Connemara, the Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher
  • Guided walks to ancient sites on the island of Inis Mor
  • Comfortable lodging in historic properties


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. 

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.


Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Anticipated Course Offerings*


  • 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
* subject to change

Program Dates

May 27, 2018 - June 14, 2018



(details coming soon!)
May 27 Arrive in Ireland. Night in Galway.
May 28 Galway
May 29 Galway
May 30 Galway
May 31 Galway
June 1 Galway
June 2 Galway
June 3 Inis Mor Island
June 4 Inis Mor Island
June 5 Inis Mor Island
June 6 Inis Mor Island
June 7 Inis Mor Island
June 8 Inis Mor Island
June 9 Doolin
June 10 Doolin
June 11 Doolin
June 12 Doolin
June 13 Doolin
June 14 Departure
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost


Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, some breakfasts, some group meals, in-country transportation, international insurance, application fee

Not included: Airfare, passport and visa fees, some meals, required textbooks and/or course materials

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $150 for Mason students and $200 for non-Mason students must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $1500 must be received by March 11, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by April 8, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Application requirements:*

Application fee: $150 for Mason students and $200 for non-Mason applicants.

Course selection: Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk and the pre-departure orientation.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Stephen Goodwin
Name Stephen Goodman

GEO Program Officer

  Rachel Spence headshot
Name Rachel Spence
Phone 703-993-6808
  Make an appointment



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.