Cork Writers' Retreat 

Ireland: rich with literary history and waiting for you. Join us in Cork this summer for an inspiring summer of culture and creativity in Ireland's "real capital”. It's time. What are you waiting for?

The Cork Writers' Retreat begins July 2 and runs through either July 18 or August 3, 2019. The cost of a full session is $3,095 and it includes housing in a private room with a private bathroom, meals on class days, study abroad insurance, and all program activities. Participants wishing to attend the half-session ( two weeks ), may do so for a reduced cost of $2,295.00.

  • Push your creative work to new levels with themed writing workshops and writing seminars with local authors. Some writing sessions will be held in local pubs as we soak up the atmosphere.
  • Immerse yourself in all the art you can handle at the Cork Midsummer Festival, one of Ireland's premier exhibitions of theatre, literature, art, and dance. The festival takes place our first week in Cork!
  • Engage with other participants, guest authors, and local writers during readings and community events.
  • Learn about the publishing industry and make valuable professional contacts as you submit your manuscript to our visiting literary agent.
  • Experience the historic beauty of Dublin, Ireland's enchanting capital city on our optional weekend excursion.
  • And let's not forget the music--we'll let you know the best places to hear everything from iconic Irish music sessions to the latest singer-songwriters.
  • All daily activities are optional, with plenty of time left over for individual writing and exploration.


 The Gap of Dunloe, Western Ireland excursion


How to apply:

*Cork Writers' Retreat participants and guests should follow regular application procedures, but select the Postgrad/Companion option from the dropdown menu.*

All Students:

  1. Apply online! ($300 deposit required)
  2. Upload your digital photo and a scanned copy of your passport.
  3. Fill out and submit your Medical History Form.
  4. Download our Study Abroad Checklist for a reminder of what you'll need to remember (you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this document)

Non UNO Participants:

  1. Complete steps above.
  2. Fill out and submit the Immunization Compliance Form (note: you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this document), or go online to UNO's Student Health Services to complete the online waiver form (established UNO email address required in order to complete). Please inform us if you complete this process directly with Student Health Services.
  3. Follow us on Facebook at UNO Writing Workshops Abroad.

Please note that while you are welcome to, you do not need to apply to the Low Residency MFA Program to attend the Writing Workshops in Cork. For more information about writing degrees at the University of New Orleans, please visit


What's Next:

  1. If you don't have a passport, apply for one immediately! And be sure to upload a scanned copy once you receive it. Your application will not be delayed if you do not have a passport yet.
  2. For our payment schedule, go to Fees
    1. Make additional payments on our secure web site:
    2. If you wish to make a payment using our credit card form, click here, print it out, and bring it in to the office. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to open the form.

Note: you will need to have certain information on hand in order to complete processes associated with our secure server. Please be sure to use the same email address, and to keep the confirmation ID given to you on the confirmation page of our online application.


For more information, please call or email us.
Office telephone: (504) 280-7345; or