MFA program at Trinity College

“Carlow University’s MFA program is small enough to enhance personal development, but big enough to change your life.”  – Tess Barry, MFA Interim Director

Carlow University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is the low-residency program of choice for students wanting to keep their daytime jobs while having the opportunity to study here and in Ireland with award-winning writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who act as their mentors.

Students spend eleven intense days in January in Pittsburgh, a city known for its writers, and eleven days in June in Dublin, Ireland, a UNESCO "City of Words" and home to countless world-renowned authors. During the rest of the year, students submit their individual writing and reading assignments to their selected American and Irish mentors for critique.

The program is intended for students who aspire to be professional writers, to teach creative writing on the college level, or to enjoy the satisfaction of writing and reading in an individualized program. 


Learn from and work with internationally celebrated authors during your time at Carlow University. Renowned Irish author, Edna O'Brien, spoke and read excerpts from her memoir, Country Girl, to a crowd of more than 400 in Carlow University's Rosemary Heyl Theatre on Saturday, April 5, 2014. O'Brien joined Carlow's literary community in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the University's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing program.