Post Title: Creative Writing Fellow
School/College: Trinity's School of English
Closing Date: Monday, 12 August 2019
Fee: €15,000. In addition, the Fellow is provided with accommodation in Trinity College, use of an office in the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing and dining on Commons.
The Trinity College Writer's Fellowship is a joint initiative of Trinity's School of English and the Arts Council of Ireland. The fellowship was established in 1986 and since then it has been co-funded by the School of English and the Arts Council of Ireland. Many well-known writers have held the Fellowship including: John McGahern (1988), Paul Durcan (1990), Sebastian Barry (1995-1996), Marina Carr (1998-99). The holder for 2019 was Mary O'Malley.
The Fellowship is tenable at Trinity College for the period of 13th of January 2020 to 29th May 2020. For the Hilary teaching term (January-May), the Fellow runs a weekly 2-hour writing workshop for students on the Trinity M.Phil. in Creative Writing. The Fellow is expected to be available for a limited number of hours per week for consultation by students on this course. The Fellow also runs a workshop, usually meeting one hour a week, during Hilary teaching term for College undergraduates. The Fellow decides how many students to take onto the workshop, and selects them through submitted portfolios. In April and May, the Fellow runs a workshop for the general public; again the make-up of this is determined by the Fellow.
Informal inquiries are welcome and should be directed to the School Administrator, Ruth Archbold, at
Criteria for Appointment include:
- Established or promising reputation and experience of/ potential for teaching creative writing at postgraduate level.
Preferred criteria include:
- Publications in creative writing (poetry/drama/fiction)
- General profile and match with staff who teach creative writing in the School of English.
Applications for the Fellowship are invited annually and considered by a committee on which Trinity and the Arts Council are represented. It is anticipated that interviews of short-listed candidates will take place in mid-September 2019. Applications should include a cover letter outlining areas of interest, a full CV and the name and contact details of three referees (e-mail addresses if possible), and should be addressed to the School Administrator, Ruth Archbold at
Applications must be received no later than Monday, 12th August 2019.
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