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The Words on the Page: Feedback with UCD Arts Council Writer-in-Residence 2024, Colin Barrett

The Words on the Page: Feedback with UCD Arts Council Writer-in-Residence, Colin Barrett

One to One Creative Writing Feedback Sessions in Fiction and Prose, offered by Colin Barrett, UCD Writer in Residence for 2024.

Beginning Tuesday February 20 th and running though until the week ending April 26 th , UCD’s writer in residence will be available for one hour long consultation and feedback sessions (in person and remote) for writers of all experience levels.

Up to six slots available per week, between 10am-2pm, on the hour every hour, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Reading Weeks excluded)

Short stories (full and extracts), extracts from novels/novellas (any genre), memoirs, full and partial
essays all welcome.

Admission is free, and first come, first serve until available slots are filled for a given week.
Repeat sessions are welcome, but dependant on availability.

Submission requirements:

Please attach the piece of writing (minimum 1k, up to 10k) you wish to receive feedback on in an email to (opens in a new window)writerinresidence@ucd.ie with the subject line ‘’Writer in Residence submission’’. Please include the title of the piece, your own name, and any background/info about the piece you think is relevant. If inclined, feel free to mention any particular issues/aspirations you have for the piece and would like me to focus on (ie, trouble with an ending, where next you think an unfinished piece might go, how to enhance dialogue etc).

Submissions must be sent by 4pm Friday the week before you wish to do the feedback session and include in your email your preferred time and day for the following week from the time slots provided above (e.g. if you want to do a session on Tuesday 27th February at 1pm, send your piece no later than 4pm Friday 23rd February).

Please mention if you want to do the session remotely or in person. In person sessions will be at an appointed space in the Arts Building.

If there is a time outside the allotted slots you wish to have a session, please email me and I will do my best to accommodate you.

I encourage writers of all backgrounds and experience levels to send me their work. The work absolutely does not have to be perfect or finished, though it should be a piece you have invested time and focus on. I will do my best to respectfully and considerately analyse the work submitted and offer constructive, useful, and confidential feedback.

Now Accepting Applications

About Colin Barrett:

Colin Barrett is the author of the short collections Young Skins, Homesickness and the novel Wild Houses. His fiction has been published regularly in many journals and periodicals, including The Stinging Fly Magazine, Granta, Harpers and The New Yorker. He is the recipient of several literary awards, including the Guardian First Book Award, The Frank O’Conner International Short Story Prize, and the Rooney prize for Literature. From 2018 to 2020 he was the Rolex Literary Protégé and was mentored by Colm Toibin.