Each of the four residencies that students complete as part of the curriculum is an immersive opportunity to engage with award-winning authors in both classroom and individualized settings. Whether on Carlow’s campus in the educational center of Pittsburgh (January residency) or Trinity College Dublin’s at the literary heart of Ireland (June residency), students spend eleven intensive days each semester studying together in the workshops, seminars, lectures, and readings that comprise the residencies.

The days are filled with both plenary sessions with prize-winning visiting writers and one-on-one instruction with faculty mentors. They also include enriching literary and cultural experiences, chances to build a life-long writing community, and moments to reflect privately on one’s own writing. The residencies culminate with students developing with mentors the individual syllabi from which they work during the pracita, the remainder of each semester when they return home to write.

Trinity College Dublin will be the home for the 2016 June MFA residency. Great writers such as Oscar Wilde, Johnathan Swift and Samuel Beckett have studied at Trinity. Dublin is the home of the world's best known writers: James Joyce, William Trevor, John Mc Gahern, Edna O'Brien, Colm Toibin, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright.

Students will experience the inspiration of Dublin's rich literary history and intellectual traditions by studying with Ireland's current generation of acclaimed writers.

For more information, please visit the City of Dublin's website


  • Seminars
  • Readings
  • Workshops

Program Dates - 2016

(dates are subject to change)

Depart for Dublin - June 4th
Arrive in Dublin - June 5th
Start of program - June 6th 
End of program - June 17th
Depart from Dublin - June 18th
Program is 10 days.

Program Fees - 2016

(subject to change)

Ireland Residency Fees:

$2875.00, which includes room, board, and student traveler health insurance

Extra fees:
  • Airfare
  • Some dinners
  • Personal expenses
Program Includes:
  • Housing
  • Residency curricula
  • Meals (All breakfast, lunches and most dinners)
  • Excursions

Graduate Students Financial Aid

Federal Stafford loans are available for this program 
Half-time is 3 – 5 credits 
Full-time is 6+ credits

Residency Fee for January 2017 Pittsburgh residency
$1050.00 without lodging
$2050.00 with lodging


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