Armagh, Northern Ireland
DATES: July 3 – August 2, 2015
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.
Questions about the Armagh Project? Contact Program Director Terri Ciofalo at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 three tracks for students to choose from: Reporting/Multi-Media, Creative Writing, or Playwriting. Students learn and practice 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 at the AmmA Center, 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.
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.
Check out the site students produced in the 2014 program at armaghproject2014.wordpress.com.
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.
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.
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.
Students must choose one track to enroll in.
Undergraduate Credit is available for all students through the University of Baltimore. Students who enroll in the Armagh Project will need to complete appropriate paperwork from the University of Baltimore to receive credit. After acceptance to the Armagh Project, program staff will contact you to assist with your registration. Contact Kimberley Lynne at email@example.com for more information. This class is appropriate for 3 undergraduate credits.
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.
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.
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. .
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.
Program Faculty is comprised of professional writers and teachers. Faculty for 2015 will include:
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.
Doug Cumming, Ph.D. (Reporting) is an associate professor of journalism at Washington & Lee University with 26 years experience at metro newspapers and magazines. Since getting a Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill in mass communications, he has taught multimedia reporting and feature writing at Loyola University-New Orleans and at W&L in Virginia. Earlier, he worked at the newspapers in Raleigh, Providence and Atlanta; was editor of the Sunday Magazine in Providence; and helped launch Southpoint monthly magazine in Atlanta. He won a George Polk Award and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $500 deposit is required with the application, but will be returned if a student is not accepted into the program. The application deadline is February 1, 2015. Students should apply as early as possible since admission is on a rolling basis. (Programs with available space will accept applications until March 30).
If you have questions before applying, fill out our contact form.
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