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UI offers writing program in Ireland June 25 to Aug. 6

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People interested in writing, literature and Ireland can combine their studies through a new, five-week, credit program offered by the University of Iowa and Trinity College of Dublin this summer.

The Irish Writing Program, sponsored by the UI's Division of Continuing Education, is a new study abroad course designed for both students and members of the general public who have an interest in writing.

The program, co-sponsored by the Trinity College Dublin/USIT Summer School, begins June 25, 1997 and runs through Aug. 6, 1997. Students are required to take two writing workshops as well as courses on Irish literature.

The schedule also includes one week designated for independent travel.

Students receive five semester hours of credit. Deadline for application is March 28, 1997. A total of 20 students will be selected based on application materials.

Costs for the program is $2,985, which covers tuition, rooms at Trinity with continental breakfast, orientation, special lecture series and administrative fees.

Costs do not include airfare. Students are also responsible for their own housing during the independent travel week.

Martin Roper, director of the Irish Writing Program, said a goal of the new study abroad program is to attract people of different ages and different walks of life.

"This is a terrific opportunity for anyone interested in studying abroad for the summer," Roper said. "It gives you a change to push yourself and your writing in another country."

Roper, a native of Dublin, is the founder of the Dublin Writers' Workshop. He came to the UI in 1994 on a Fulbright Fellowship and has participated in the International Writing Program at the UI. He will direct the workshops in the summer program.

Trinity, founded in 1592, is Ireland's oldest college. Its graduates include

Oliver Goldsmith, Jonathan Swift and Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett.

For more information, contact Martin Roper, director, Irish Writing Program, Division of Continuing Education, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802; phone: (319) 335-3236; by email:; or visit the program's website at the address