Huston School of Film and Digital MediaUniversity of Galway

MA in Screenwriting
Result: 1st Class Honour

University of Galway

Diploma in Film Studies
Result: 1st Class Honour

University of Galway

MA in English
Result: 1st Class Honour

University of Galway

BA in English and History
Result: Second Class Honour, 1st Degree


Clarion West Writers Workshop, Seattle, USA

Six-week Residential Writers Workshop

This annual six-week residential workshop only accepts 18 writers  from an international field based on the merits of the applicants’ writing. The class is taught by a different professional author or editor every week. Each student must complete a short story to deadline every week of the workshop. The focus is to prepare the students for professional careers. Maura was the first Irish writer to attend Clarion West, and was awarded the Gordon R. Dickson Scholarship

Wom@rts Comics & Illustrators Residency, Angoulême, France

10-day Comic Book Residency

Grand Angoulême and its European partners selected ten European comics authors and illustrators to participate in a 10-day residency in Angoulême, France from 24th September to 3rd October 2018.

Over the course of the residency every artist had to produce 2 separate pieces in response to Simone de Beauvoir’s iconic text, The Second Sex. Maura’s piece was called ‘Interview with a Sphinx’, and was penciled, inked, coloured and lettered by hand using pencil, ink and colouring pencil.

The artworks will be part of an international travelling exhibition in various countries from 2018-2020.

Writing Workshops

FÁS Screen Training Ireland

Scene Analysis Course (FETAC Certified)
An intensive six-day course that explored the precise craft of writing scenes for film through examples and workshopped material, taught by Beth Serlin: a L.A.-based screenwriter, story analyst and script tutor.

Galway Film Centre

8-Week Foundation Course in Film
Directed a short film, called ‘Loop de Loop’, which was written, produced, filmed and edited with my fellow classmates.

Filmbase Ireland

An Introduction to Screenwriting
A practical 6-week workshop detailing how to write for film taught by Stephen Walsh.