Exciting Stonecoast Ireland news. From now on, Stonecoast students will be joined by Stonecoast alumni in our Ireland residencies.

From the Stonecoast Ireland website:

The Stonecoast in Ireland program enables ten current Stonecoast MFA students each semester to spend a residency in Ireland working with Stonecoast faculty and prominent Irish writers. The intense, week-long residency offers a full slate of seminars, workshops, and readings. While the small size of the Ireland program allows for a more intimate academic experience, the Irish residencies maintain the same rigorous academic discipline as the Stonecoast program in Maine. Stonecoast in Ireland students choose their mentor preferences for the following semester from the full roster of Stonecoast faculty.

Praise from students who have attended residencies in Ireland:

“Stonecoast in Ireland has been the most amazing experience of my writing life”… “Superb!”… “Transformative”…“Absolutely loved it and feel so lucky to have had this opportunity. Not only is the location fantastic, the opportunity to work in such a small group and work so closely with faculty and visiting presenters is wonderful” … “Life-changing”…“An intense experience and immersion into Irish writing and culture. It’s perfect!”

Video from Erin Underwood PF S’09, video clips from the Summer 2008 residency in Dingle, Ireland.

Please share your experiences in the comments section below!

Applications will be accepted from 1 May until 14 May 2014 for the Stonecoast residency in Howth, Ireland, which will take place from 6-13 January 2015. Although continuing students have priority, alumni are welcome when there are available spots. David Anthony Durham will join Ted Deppe to run workshops and give talks, and they will be joined by visiting Irish writers to fill out a vigorous and enjoyable schedule.  Please talk with family and friends about whether this will work for you, watch for an email invitation and application on 1 May 2014, and write Ted Deppe at if you have any questions.

One response to “Ireland

  1. I went to Ireland in Summer of 2008. It was a mind-altering, life changing experience! You can see my movie of our trip to the Blasket Islands here:

    Ireland is a heaven for writers, and to be there with a group of other writers, and having people like Carlo Gebler, Harry Clifton, and others come to speak to us was just fantastic.
    The Deppes run an incredible program, a combination of craft and transcendence, high art and fantastic music in pubs, running chatter about the writing life and the silence on the beach as you stare back into the eyes of seals. Or are they selkies?

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