On the Road in Ireland
A Traveling Writer's Workshop
Locations: Ireland: Dublin, Sligo, Doolin, Galway, Aran Islands, Dingle.
Academics: Earn three credits for English 395 (or 595 for graduate credit).
Discover internationally renowned Irish literature while traveling around the country of Ireland and enjoying Irish music in its traditional environment.
Explore the beautiful countryside of Ireland, from Dublin to Sligo through County Clare to the Ring of Kerry, the Aran Islands, and the Dingle Peninsula, home of Ireland's highest mountain and Fungi the dolphin.
Experience the remarkable cultural richness of this tiny island country.
Express the creative writer within through development of original fiction, nonfiction, or poetry works while traveling around Ireland.
Who is eligible? Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and colleges are welcome in this course. Although reading and writing are the central focus of this course, special preparation is not required. There are no prerequisites, other than an interest in discovering the cultural riches of Ireland and a willingness to explore the experience of Ireland through writing and Irish literature.
For more information:
Contact the instructor: Debra Marquart, Professor of English (email@example.com)
- All accommodations in shared rooms in apartments in Dublin and Dingle, and B & Bs/Hostels while traveling in Sligo, Galway, Aran Islands.
- All transportation by private coach for second and third week when traveling around the west and north of Ireland.
- Writing Workshop with Irish writers in Dublin and Galway.
- Entrance fees for site visits, including Joyce Museum, Irish Writers' Museum, the Joyce Centre, Newgrange, Hill of Tara, Lisadell House, Drumcliffe, Thoor Ballylee, Coole Park, Dublin Literary Pub Crawl.
- Theatre performances at the Gate and Abbey Theatres.
- Ferries to and from Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands
- Bicycle hire on Aran Islands
WHERE WILL WE GO?
Tentative 2020 Schedule
Typical activities are listed below. Readings, Discussions, Writing, Journaling,
Workshopping, and Sharing creative work will occur each day, as we travel.
Depart Des Moines Airport — Thursday, May 14th
Arrive Dublin Airport – Friday, May 15
Dublin (7 night stay) — May 15 - 21
Introduction to course and welcome reception.
Discuss Literature and History of Dublin & Writing Workshops
Literary Pub Crawl
National Gallery, National Library -- Yeats Exhibit
Trinity College -- Book of Kells
Natural History Museum
Dublin International Writer’s Festival Events (Dates of Festival: May 15 – 24)
Guest Lecture with Visiting Irish Writer
Joyce Tower, Irish Writer’s Museum
Day Trip to Boyne Valley, New Grange archeological site
Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour—Starts on O’Connell Street, takes you to places of interest in Dublin,
Trinity College, St. Stephens Green, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Jail,
Dublin Zoo, Jameson Distillery.
Sligo (2 night stay) — May 22 - 23
Travel through John McGahern country (County Leitrim),
Co. Sligo -- Visit Yeats’ grave, Tour Yeats Country, including Rosses Point,
Knocknarea, Parkes Castle.
Guest lecture with local archeology scholar.
Galway (1 night stay) — May 24
Tour archives at University of Galway
Aran Islands—Inishmore (2 night stay) -- May 25 - 26
Take ferry to Inishmore, Man of Aran screening, visit Dun Aengus.
Discussions of Irish Literature/Writing Workshops
Doolin (2 night stay) -- May 27 - 28
Coole Park, Kinvarra, The Burren, Cliffs of Moher,
Listowel (1 night) – May 29
Writing Festival events (Date of Listowel Festival: May 27-31)
Dingle — (8 night stay) – May 29 – June 5
Discussion of Irish Literature/Writing Workshops
Blasket Centre Slea Head,
Listowel Writer’s Week Event (Possible day trip to Listowel)
Depart Dingle for Shannon Airport, Saturday, June 6
Arrive Des Moines Airport, Saturday, June 6
WHAT WILL THE COURSE COST?
ESTIMATED COSTS FOR 2020 (based on 12 students)
Program Fee: $5,188
Includes all travel, lodging, and entrance fees including
airfare + fees ($1698), student share of program director expenses,
lodging (apartments, Hostels/B & B’s), all private coaches, all entrance fees
to exhibits, museums, theater tickets, visiting writers fees, entrance fees to two literary festivals,
bus passes, ferry to Aran Islands, day trip to Newgrange, etc.
Tuition & Fees: ($1,377* minus $750 tuition award from LAS) $627
*Rough calculation: Tuition + fees ($1272) + Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($105) = $1377]
Other — Anticipated Out-of-Pocket expenses: $1,140
Souvenirs/Books/Incidentals = $300
Food 24 days @ $35/day = $840
Note: The program fee does not include food, other than Welcome &
Farewell dinners & some breakfasts provided at B & Bs.
Estimated 2020 Grand Total:
For all food, program fees, travel costs, tuition & out of pocket expenses: $6,955
*Estimate is for 12 students. If 10 students go, the cost will be approx. $280 more per person.
WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO COVER?
U.S. passport and any spending money you wish to carry to expenses beyond the above-listed out-of-pocket allowances. Passport reimbursement is possible for LAS majors who are first-time travelers. See here.
WHERE CAN I FIND SCHOLARSHIPS?
--Scholarship Information: LAS Scholarship application in ISUAbroad
LAS Study Abroad Scholarships of $500-1,000 are available on a competitive basis.
--General study abroad scholarship information is here.
--Tuition Awards (regardless of major) are guaranteed to each participant who commits in ISUAbroad--$750.
All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs.
The application deadline for Summer is March 15th, 2020. Accepted participants will be notified on a rolling basis upon submission of completed application. Once you are accepted to participate, you must either commit to or decline your offer in the ISUAbroad online application system. Those students who commit to participate are officially part of the program and will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for the withdrawal penalty outlined below, in addition to all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Appeals are possible in certain extenuating circumstances, such as family or medical emergencies. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.
31-60 days prior to program start date
1-30 days prior
Start date or after
Full study abroad program fee
A wee bit more information...
While Ireland now has all the energy and diversity of other European countries, it retains its distinctive cultural identity. Students will have many opportunities to explore on their own. Dublin has many fine museums, interesting historical sites, restaurants, pubs, and array of fine stores. Students can visit Trinity College to see the Book of Kells or tour the Guinness brewery. As the class moves around Ireland--from Dublin to Sligo to Galway to Doolin to Dingle--students will see the remarkable geographic and cultural variety of this small island country.
The Dingle peninsula is home to Ireland's highest mountain, Mount Brandon (or the Irish, liabh Bhreandáin or Cnoc Bréanainn), many ancient sites, and miles of stunning coastline. Dingle town's most famous resident is Fungi the dolphin, always ready to leap beside boats in Dingle Bay.
LAS study abroad website: https://abroad.las.iastate.edu/