Thomas Coyne, M.F.A.

Associate Professor
Office: Merion Hall 124
Phone: 610-660-3185
Fax: 610-660-3235
Websites: Tom Coyne's website, Tom Coyne's blog Follow on Twitter @coynewriter
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Fields of professional interest

Fiction writing
Creative Nonfiction writing
Screenwriting Travel writing
Sports writing


Pedagogical style

Most of my classes are discussion-based writing workshops where students read and critique one another's work and receive thorough feedback (both written and oral) on their writing from me and from their peers. I try to facilitate and guide a lively classroom discussion where everyone contributes to the learning experience.



University of Notre Dame, BA, English, 1997
University of Notre Dame, MFA, Fiction Writing, 1999

Professional Experience

Writer, Host - Television
“Golfing Northern Ireland” and
“Golfing the Northwest of Ireland,” BCN Productions. NBC Sports Network. Summer,

A Gentleman’s Game, First Look Pictures, 2001

A Gentleman’s Game, First Look Pictures, 2001


Courses Taught

The Craft of Language
Texts and Contexts
Introduction to Creative Writing
Fiction Workshop
Screenwriting Workshop
Creative Nonfiction Workshop The Practice of Writing
The Short Story
Writing Sports
Special topics in writing courses


Selected Publications

A Course Called Scotland.

Nonfiction, Simon & Schuster

New York Times Bestseller


A Course Called Ireland.
Nonfiction, Gotham/Penguin Books, March 2009.
The New York Times Bestseller List (sports books)
American Booksellers Association Bestseller List
Barnes & Noble Recommends selection
Wall Street Journal recommended title
Golf Digest recommended title
Top Ten Golf Book of 2009,
Society of American Travel Writers, Silver Medal, category Travel Book of the Year

Paper Tiger: An Obsessed Golfer’s Quest to Play with the Pros.
Nonfiction, Gotham/Penguin Books, June, 2006.
Esquire Magazine editor’s selection
USA Today recommended title
The New York Times summer reading selection

A Gentleman’s Game.
Novel, Atlantic Monthly/Grove Press, 2001.
Listed in “Top 25 Sports Books of All Time,” Philadelphia Daily News


“The Unlikely Place.” The Golfer’s Journal.  Summer 2019.

“Proof in the Purpose.” The Golfer’s Journal, Summer 2018.

“Accidental Revelation.” The Golfer’s Journal, Spring 2018.

“Affordable Ireland.” Links Magazine, Cover Story, Fall 2016. 

“The Dream Tee.” Sports Illustrated, June 2014.

“If God Designed Golf Courses.”  The New York Times, July 2018.

“Great Courses of Ireland: Enniscrone.”  Links Magazine, Summer 2018.

“Ireland vs. Scotland.”, Summer 2018.

 “Sacred Sand.”  The Golfer’s Journal, Winter 2017-18.

“The Push and the Pull.”  The Golfer’s Journal, Fall 2017.

Green Days.” US Women’s Amateur Championship Program, United States Golf Association.  Summer 2016. 

“Sometimes.” Notre Dame Magazine, Fall 2014. 


“Linked: Doonbeg and the Ocean Course.”
Nonfiction. Kiawah Island Legends Magazine. Forthcoming 2013.

“Clearly Clare.” Nonfiction. Kiawah Island Legends Magazine, 2012.

“Horses for Courses.” Nonfiction. The Irish Times, May 2010.

“Why Mom Won’t Watch Tiger Woods.” Commentary., April 2010.

“Replaying A Course Called Ireland.” Nonfiction. Irish America Magazine, March 2010.

“My Shot.” Column. Sports Illustrated, March 2009. 
Honorable Mention, Golf Writers Association Awards.

“The Best of the East: Philly runs up the score on Steel City.” Travel. Golfweek, April 2008.

“My Best Loop.”  Event Review., December 2008.

A Gentleman’s Game, excerpted in The Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Delaware Prose and Poetry in the Twentieth Century. University of Delaware Press, 2008.

“A Good Walk Unspoiled.” Nonfiction. The Sunday Tribune, Ireland. July 2007. Irish Travel Series, 2007: “Yer Doin What?” “Committed in Connemara,” “Protecting the Pins in County Mayo,” “Beside Ourselves in Belmullet,” “The Luckiest Suffering Golfer in the World,” “My Crush on Cruit Island,” “The Brother-in-law who Bled Golf Balls,” “Northern Exposure,” “A Beer at the Turn,” “Dodging Bullets in
County Down,” “A Wet March South,” “The Trolley that Travelled,” “A Sure Bet,”
“Mr. Gerry Goes to Old Head,” “Full Irish,” “Farewell to Ireland,” all
republished in The Irish Examiner, 2007.

“Local Knowledge: Philadelphia.” Travel. Golfweek, April 2007.

“Hail, Mary.” Nonfiction. Indy Men’s Magazine, August 2006.

“We Won the Lottery!” Travel. Golf Magazine, April 2005.

“Tails of the Green Jacket.” Nonfiction. Golf Magazine, April 2005.

“The Jumpsuit.” Nonfiction.  Golf Magazine, April 2005.

“Driver’s Ed.” Product Review. Indy Men’s Magazine, April 2004.

“Amen, Sister.” Fiction. Golf Magazine, April 2004.

“Our Second Summer.” Fiction. Indy Men’s Magazine, 2002.

“Behind Sharp Branches.” Fiction. Virgin Fiction 2, Weisbach Books/William Morrow, 2000.

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