Program Details

Lecture/Discussion classes take place in the AmmA center, a state of the art technology center located in the heart of historic Armagh. Formal classroom instruction is supplemented by ample time for student writing and group workshops of plays in progres
Location:
Armagh, United Kingdom
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Graduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Giving Voice: Creative Writing Residency in Playwriting Surround yourself with the rich tapestry of Irish storytelling through the voices of some of Erie’s most important playwrights while you craft your own work inspired by the culture, history and people of Armagh. Read and explore texts by Sean O’Casey, Brian Friel, and Martin McDonough while creating your own 10-minute play. Learn how improvisation and freewriting can develop your voice while structured peer and instructor feedback sessions propel your work forward. Participate in the annual Poetry and Creative Writing Festival that will give your work its first public performance and give you an opportunity to perform your fellow students’ work. Classroom instruction in dramatic structure, writing practice and vocal training is married with cultural field trips and exploration studies in and around the city of Armagh. Students will explore the creation of theatre from idea through writing and into performance.

Lecture/Discussion classes take place in the AmmA center, a state of the art technology center located in the heart of historic Armagh. Formal classroom instruction is supplemented by ample time for student writing and group workshops of plays in progress. Individual coachings, visits to historic and cultural sites as well public presentation of final work at an International Writing Festival are all part of the curriculum. The work is structured to give students ample free time to travel on their own to destinations in Ireland, Great Britain or other parts of Europe.

Undergraduate Credit Academic Credit is not offered for this program however ieiMedia programs are designed to meet the credit requirements for most major university writing programs. Contact your Academic Advisor to see what credit options may be available to you. This course is appropriate for 3 or 4 undergraduate credits. Graduate Credit Graduate students are encouraged to work with Armagh Program faculty to develop an individualized course of study that will meet curricular requirements for the student’s home school. Graduate students have the option of bringing a work-in-progress or thesis research focus to the Armagh Program in order to continue building in the student’s area of academic focus. This course is appropriate for 4 graduate credits. Professional Workshop/Post-Graduate Studies The Writing Programs at ieiMedia are taught by Master Teachers and Writers who bring their professional expertise as guides to emerging writers. Professional and Post-Graduate Learners benefit from moderated small group experiences and one-on-one coaching that allows for individualized plans of study or work. The Armagh Program is an ideal place to begin work on a new creative endeavor as well as a robust writing environment in which to develop work-in-progress.
Setting Description:
The oldest city in Ireland, Armagh’s history and culture are as lush and vibrant as the verdant fields surrounding its rocky slopes. Saint Patrick chose Armagh’s ancient hilltop as the place to build his first church in 445 A.D. Even earlier than that, in the middle of the first millennium, legendary pagan queen Macha leant her name to the high place Ard Macha (“Macha’s Height”) upon which she built her fortress. Armagh proper sprawls along these same hills, its winding streets and stone buildings leading wanderers and learners alike through the ages of Irish civilization. Armagh twists like a kaleidoscope to reveal at one turn a state of the art library overlooking the historic city center, or a modern theater and arts center back dropped by one of the two cathedrals of St. Patrick crowning the hilltops. Another twist and discover the contemporary planetarium atop College Hill or the mysterious ruin of Emain Macha just west of the city (now known as Navan Fort) considered by Chri
Cost:
The cost is $3,995 plus airfare. The price includes housing and some special meals, instruction, basic travel insurance, welcome and goodbye dinners and special programs, activities and cultural events. Transfer from and to the airport in Dublin is also provided. Students may have to pay their home institution if they chose to seek credit for this course.

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