Creative Writing Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Creative Writing Program at Notre Dame offers undergraduate writers rigorous training in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, with emphases on international, innovative, and publicly engaged literature. Our distinguished faculty helps students hone their craft, connect their writing to the world around them, explore global writing and translation, and prepare for careers in publication, advertising, journalism, literature, education, and numerous other fields. 

In addition to courses, our program offers a lively series of literary readings and events from visiting writers at every stage of their careers, from debut novelists to U.S. Poet Laureates


Our courses are open to students in any major. Browse through our current course offerings here.

If you would like to consider a concentration in Creative Writing, read all about it here.

If you are an English major and would like to write a creative thesis as an Honors Concentrator in Creative Writing, click here.

Any questions? Please contact the Director of Creative Writing, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.


Creative Writing Seminar in Ireland

A four-week, 3 credit immersive creative writing course, the Creative Writing Seminar takes place at the Dublin Global Gateway and the Kylemore Abbey Global Centre. The course features creative writing instruction including discussion of published works, site-specific writing exercises, and workshopping of student work led by Notre Dame faculty. The course also features literary events as well as seminars and master classes led by renowned Irish writers. During the 2016 course, Alice McDermott and Kevin Barry provided master classes to students over the course of the program. The master class instructors during the 2017 course were Niall Williams and Seamus Deane. The master class instructors for the 2018 course were Booker Prize winner John Bainville, world renown playwright Marina Carr and a return visit of acclaimed Irish writer Kevin Barry. The 2018 Workshop also featured guest Peter Fallon poet and publisher of Gallery Press.

Students have time for their own writing and to explore the dynamic urbanism of Dublin and the stunning countryside surrounding Kylemore Abbey. While at Kylemore, students are taken on excursions to complement their coursework and inspire them in their ideas for their final writing assignments. Students engage with the physical settings that inspired the works of W.B. Yeats through their visit to the Yeats and Lady Gregory Heritage Trail, walk the steps of J.M. Synge during their trip to the Aran Islands, and live in Kylemore Abbey.

Notre Dame faculty member Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, author of Call Me Zebra, will be the facilitator for the 2021 seminar.

More information for the Summer 2021 application process can be found hereThe closing date for all applications is February 27, 2021 with an expected decision date of mid-April.

To apply:

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Email the required documents listed below to

a) one letter of recommendation,
b) one 10-20 page writing sample, and
c) transcript of grades

If you have any questions about the application process or would like more information about the Creative Writing Seminar, please contact us.