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  • Locations: Doolin, 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: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Area of Study: English Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction & Memoir

Ireland, Summer 2018

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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.

Course Offerings


  • 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

Program Dates

May 27, 2018 - June 14, 2018



May 27 Arrive in Ireland. Welcome Dinner and evening in Galway.
May 28-June 2 Galway Activities: Orientation, class meetings and workshops, day trip to Connemara, Galway City walking tour, theatre night
June 3 Leave Galway and travel to Inis Mor Island by coach and ferry
June 4 - 8 Inis Mor Island - Fiction & Memoir Writing Workshop with Irene Graham
June 9 Leave Inis Mor and travel to Doolin by coach and ferry
June 10-13 Doolin Activities: class meetings and workshops, day trip to Cliffs of Moher, cave tour, boat cruise, day trip and tour of Burren.
Final works will be presented at the farewell dinner and celebration.
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

Summer 2018: $4825

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, some meals, transportation between sites in Ireland, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, other transportation,  personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

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

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 11, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 8, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

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:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. 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: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

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

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 1st payment 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 Goodwin

Global Education Office
Program Administrator

  Andrew Miller
Name Andrew Miller
Phone 703-993-5013
  Make an appointment

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.