Each of the four residencies that students complete as part of the curriculum is an immersive opportunity to engage with award-winning authors in both classroom and individualized settings. Whether on Carlow’s campus in the educational center of Pittsburgh (January residency) or Trinity College Dublin’s at the literary heart of Ireland (June residency), students spend eleven intensive days each semester studying together in the workshops, seminars, lectures, and readings that comprise the residencies.

The days are filled with both plenary sessions with prize-winning visiting writers and one-on-one instruction with faculty mentors. They also include enriching literary and cultural experiences, chances to build a life-long writing community, and moments to reflect privately on one’s own writing. The residencies culminate with students developing with mentors the individual syllabi from which they work during the pracita, the remainder of each semester when they return home to write.

Carlow University, Pittsburgh will be home for the January 2017 residency. We will be joined by great faculty and visiting writers such as Rick Moody, Jessica Abel, Jan Beatty, Joseph Bathanti, Celeste Doaks, Adriana E. Ramirez, Steven Church, and many others. We will also enjoy a full range of programming and social events.


  • Seminars
  • Readings
  • Workshops

Program Dates - 2017

(dates are subject to change)

Arrive in Pittsburgh – January 2nd
Start of program – January 3rd 
End of program – January 13th

Program Fees - 2017

(subject to change)

(Lodging is provided at the Shadyside Inn, a boutique hotel near campus, for an extra fee)

  • Weekend breakfast and lunch; most dinners
  • Personal expenses
  • Residency curricula
  • Meals (weekday breakfasts and lunches; opening and closing dinners)
  • Additional programming events

Graduate Students Financial Aid

Federal Stafford loans are available for this program 
Half-time is 3 – 5 credits 
Full-time is 6+ credits

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