Irish Writing Program

The University of Iowa Irish Writing Program offers participants the opportunity to study creative writing and Irish literature in the heart of Dublin.

Discover the Irish Writing Program

Iowa New Play Festival May 3-8

New Play FestivalThe University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present the Iowa New Play Festival, the most ambitious new-play festival in collegiate theater, with readings and staged productions May 3-8 in the UI Theatre Building.

As part of this festival, daily events include readings of plays, panel discussions and full feature performances.

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Martin Roper Interview (Part Two)

In 1997, Irish fiction writer Martin Roper accompanied a friend to the Cedar Rapids Airport, where, by chance, he struck up a conversation with a UI administrator; by the end of the conversation, Roper had agreed to found and direct a creative writing study-abroad program in Ireland for the University of Iowa. The program that he founded, the University of Iowa's Irish Writing Program, celebrates its 10th year this year, with Roper still at the helm.

Martin Roper Interview (Part One)

Martin Roper has a long history with the University of Iowa. In 1994, he left Dublin on a Fulbright Scholarship to participate in the International Writing Program. He went on to earn an MFA from Nonfiction Writing Program and later, founded the University of Iowa Irish Writing Program, which he currently directs.

Roper is the author of the novel, Gone, published in 2002 by Henry Holt, and he teaches creative writing at New York University.

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Program Highlights


   Located in Dublin, Ireland

   Workshops meet three times a week for six weeks during the summer residency 

   Students are housed in fully-furnished, en-suite single rooms in the U.C.D. residence halls, sharing a kitchen and living areas

   Courses include writing workshops and seminars on Irish Literature & Culture

Irish Writing Program

The University of Iowa Irish Writing Program offers participants the opportunity to study creative writing and Irish literature in the heart of Dublin. The workshops meet three times a week for six weeks and are taught by Irish writers. In addition to having their work critiqued in class, students will receive written analyses of class work. Emphasis is placed on how to read closely and how to get (and give) the best constructive criticism. Students' work will be sent to the Academic Director for evaluation at the time they apply to the Irish Writing Program. Students will bring work-in-progress with them and also write new material during the program.

Office for Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242