Armagh, Northern Ireland

Urbino Partners

DATES: July 1 – July 31, 2016

CREDIT PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare (Includes: accommodation, class instruction, course credit through the University of Baltimore, program activities, cultural activities, welcome and goodbye dinners,  travel insurance).

GENERAL LOCATION: Armagh, Northern Ireland U.K.

MEDIA: TextPerformancePhotographyVideo


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Terri Ciofalo

Questions about the Armagh Project? Contact Program Director Terri Ciofalo at:


Armagh, Northern Ireland

Spend the month of July on a journey through the culture, history, politics and people of Northern Ireland, guided by the writers and teachers of ieiMedia’s Armagh Project.  Develop your writing skills along with your sense of adventure as you visit Dublin Castle, walk the bridges over the River Liffey, explore ancient secrets at Navan Fort, and discover the edge of the world at Giants Casueway.

The Armagh Project offers four tracks for students to choose from: Reporting/Multi-Media, Documentary, Playwriting or Creative Writing. Students learn and practices skills in their chosen field while sharing with each other through travel, readings, class activities and guest speakers. Students live at the modern Armagh City Youth Hostel and have classes a the AmmA Centre, a technologically enhanced multi-media center in the heart of the historic city. The program includes a three-day weekend in Dublin as well as a trip to Belfast.

About Armagh

Armagh is situated 40 miles south of Belfast and 80 miles north of Dublin, placing it firmly as a cultural and political fulcrum in the long history of Ireland.  The people of the town can share stories about “The Troubles” – the time of conflict between British rule and the quest for Irish autonomy – but are just as quick to point out the signs of a thriving city nurtured under the shelter of decades of peace in the region.  Armagh offers a healthy shopping district, diverse dining options, a state-of-the art multi-media center, and a modern performance and art space as contemporary counterpoints to the more ancient cultural and historical sites within and without its walls.  

Past Project

Check out the site students produced in the 2014 program at

Program Tracks


Students in this section will learn and practice skills in still photography, audio, video, reporting and writing for the web.  Guests include broadcast and print journalists from both Ireland and the UK. Students will publish their story packages on a project website as well as have the opportunity to submit them for professional publication. This course is appropriate for undergraduates with previous experience in journalism, reporting or feature writing.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Creative Writing: Memoir, Poetry or Prose

Learn the essentials of how to tell your story through the lenses of memory, observation, reflection, and narration. Students explore techniques that poets and nonfiction writers use to generate new material and revise their work. They receive one-on-one critique, and create a portfolio of writing that fits their personal goals as writers. Program guests include published authors and playwrights. This program is appropriate for experienced writers looking to further develop their work or new writers interested in exploring creative writing.


Read and explore texts from Irish playwrights while creating and presenting your own 10-minute play.  Learn professional writing techniques including improvisation, story arcs and freewriting. Structured peer and instructor feedback sessions propel your work forward.  Classroom instruction in dramatic structure, writing practice and vocal training help students explore the creation of theatre from idea through writing and into performance.  Program guests include professional playwrights, dramaturgs and published authors.  This program is appropriate for both experienced student playwrights as well as those considering writing their first play.

Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen

Students will be introduced to the organic process in which documentary filmmakers approach their subject. They will be guided through some of the technical aspects of using video cameras and editing software. Students will be encouraged to find a story and then use a wealth of narrative devices, such as structure, character, questions, point of view, tone, stakes, and more, to tell that story truthfully and artfuly so as to actively engage an audience.

Selected works from all tracks are presented publicly during The John Hewitt International Summer School at Market Place Theatre in Armagh.  This week-long program of readings, talks, debate and discussion, drama, music and exhibitions features more than 30 top writers, speakers and artists from across Ireland and beyond.

Academic Credit

Students must choose one track to enroll in.

Undergraduate Credit

Undergraduate Credit is included in the program fee and is provided for all students through the University of Jamestown. University of Baltimore students may choose to take credit through their own school. Non-UB students will need to complete the appropriate paperwork from the University of Jamestown prior to departure in order to receive credit. After acceptance to the Armagh Project, program staff will contact you to assist with registration. University of Baltimore students should contact Kimberley Lynne at for more information. This class is appropriate for 3 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.

Academic Resources

Armagh Street

 Armagh is rich with study and research opportunities to support any creative endeavor.  The Armagh Public Library was founded in 1771 and holds among its collection of medieval and 17th century manuscripts, engravings and Irish artifacts, a first edition of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (with Swift’s notes) and a copy of Gwynn’s Book of Armagh.  The Cardinal O’Fiach Memorial Library and Archive houses material related to Irish history and language as well as church history, history of the Irish diaspora, and Irish sporting traditions.  The Irish and Local Studies Library, the Armagh City Library, and the AmmA Center round out the scholar’s resources.

Travel Opportunities

Frequent and ample bus service will take you to Belfast in just over an hour and to Dublin in just over two hours – opening access to more of Ireland or to other areas of Great Britain or Europe through the international airports of both cities.  The Armagh Program includes free time for students to travel on their own as well as trips to Belfast and Dublin with the group.  .


Armagh Area


Armagh students at work

The Armagh Program in total is open to up to 36 undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate/professional students across both programs. Students from many universities – including University of Baltimore, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Iowa State University, James Madison University, Louisiana State University, Ryerson University, New York University, UCLA, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Temple University, Arizona State University, Gonzaga University, University of Arizona, University of Montana, Loyola College, San Jose State University, Humboldt State University, San Diego State University, Rice University, University of Nevada-Reno, Nanyang Technological University, University of British Columbia and Baylor University – have participated in past ieiMedia programs. We’ve also had students from Japan, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Singapore, Canada, Turkey and Trinidad.

This course is particularly suited to those students interested in creative writing, communication, playwriting, theatre studies, Irish cultural studies, literature, poetry, and storytelling.  Enrollment is open to students from any major provided they have a strong writing background.  Course instructors use writing samples and other diagnostics to make decisions about acceptance into the program or placement within program groups.


Armagh Professor and Students

Program Faculty is comprised of professional writers and teachers.  Faculty for 2015 will include:

Program Director

Terri Ciofalo (Program Director) is a professional theatre artist and experienced Production Manager teaching graduate and undergraduate theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  She earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and has toured theatrically both in the United States and overseas.

Kimberley Lynne (Resident Playwright)   A published author and playwright, Kimberley has had over 30 works staged and presented in professional, community, and university theatres.  A staff and faculty of member of the University of Baltimore, she has worked in theater as an actor, director, scenic designer and producer.  Her professional affiliations include Actors’ Equity and the Dramatist Guild.

Peter Salisbury (Video Faculty) is a filmmaker and video journalist based in Dublin, Ireland, where he produces short-form documentaries on the arts, culture and the environment. He is the founder and CEO of Fotoeire, a media production company which creates digital content for broadcast, corporate, web and mobile platforms. His work as a filmmaker and video journalist is a constant adventure in finding new stories and moving images.

Nessa O’Mahony (Creative Writing Faculty) has been a faculty member of Armagh Project for the past four years. With a doctorate in creative writing, she has published four books of poetry; the most recent, Her Father’s Daughter, was published by Salmon Poetry last year.

Malachi O’Doherty (Journalism Faculty) has a doctorate in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast, and has published six books (so far), some memoir based and some works on recent Irish social and political history. His most recent book, On My Own Two Wheels, is about cycling.

View complete faculty biographies on our Armagh Faculty Page


Students and faculty will be housed at the Armagh City International Youth Hostel.  Kitchen facilities and some communal meals are provided.


All students should bring a personal computer capable of connecting to the internet.  Students should have a full and current version of Microsoft Word installed on their computer.  Each student should also bring a digital camera or other device capable of taking quality, downloadable photos as well as a 2 to 4 gb thumb drive for transferring work.  Other equipment may be outlined in the course syllabus for each section.

Program Cost

The cost is $4,995 plus airfare. The price includes tuition, 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 through their own school.

Financial Aid

Students studying abroad for the summer term have limited financial aid options. Check with your school’s financial aid office to find out if assistance is available. More information on financial aid is available here.

Application Process

Students must fill out the online application and include contact information for two references (academic and/or professional) using the “Apply Now” link below. A $350 deposit is required with the application, but will be returned if a student is not accepted into the program. The application deadline is February 15 (rolling admissions thereafter). The final billing is March 1, due on receipt.

If you have questions before applying, fill out our contact form.

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