ND to host summer creative writing program in Ireland

first_imgNotre Dame undergraduate students now have the option to take a three-credit creative writing workshop in Ireland through a summer program sponsored by both the creative writing program and Notre Dame International. Running from July 17 to Aug. 7, students will spend one week in the city of Dublin and two weeks at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, professor of English Valerie Sayers said. Catherine Owers | The Observer Students participating in a new summer study abroad program sponsored by the English department in Ireland will spend a week at Kylemore Abbey, pictured.“One thing we want all our students to think about is not just their place in American literature, but also their place in world literature, and where better to start than Ireland?” Sayers said.  Valerie Sayers said the course was the brainchild of Barry McCrea, professor of Irish studies, English and Romance languages, and Lisa Caulfield, director of the Notre Dame academic center at Kylemore Abbey. Sayers and Joyelle McSweeney, director of the creative program within the department of English, will teach the course. Guest authors Alice McDermott and Kevin Barry will also participate in the course. Sayers said she and McSweeney will collaborate on the classes and teach two separate sections of the class. “Students in both sections will have the opportunity to work on whatever genre interests them. We know we’ll be doing prose, and a lot of it, because that’s where the majority of interest lies,” she said. “We’re also both open to and will create some opportunities for people to think about the overlap between fiction and nonfiction, between prose and poetry, and even, if people are interested, drama, which is the great Irish genre.  “I think we’re both excited to teach that way, too,” Sayers said. “In the program here, though we encourage a lot of inter-genre work in the graduate program, just for practical reasons the undergraduate curriculum is set up as prose or poetry. And this is one of these rare opportunities to mix it up.” Sayers said writers of all levels of experience are invited to enroll in the course. The course will fulfill the University and College of Arts and Letters fine arts requirement, and for English majors it will count as a standard major elective and will also fulfill one of the four required courses for the Creative Writing concentration.“Non-English majors are more than welcome. In fact, they always provide a great contrast and complement to English majors,” she said. “One thing we like about the design of this course is that it is open to all levels. … There’s maybe an initial shyness from people who have never written before, but it dissipates so quickly when you realize that every time you write, you are a beginner because you are learning how to create a new manuscript. Every single time is a beginning time — that is one of the things I’m most excited about.”Sayers said the dual locations of the course will make for a “richer experience, particularly for students who are going to Ireland for the first time and have not had a chance to experience the rest of Ireland.”For the first week in Dublin, Sayers said, students will have the chance to absorb the literary traditions of the city, as well as see theatre productions and hear live music.“Dublin is one of my favorite cities in the world, and the literary vibe there is intense and infectious,” she said. “I think by contrast, the time at Kylemore, which by its nature will be very contemplative and very meditative, will make for a really rich, full experience, both of writing and of culture.”The course will be designed to provide a multitude of stimuli for students while giving them the opportunity to pursue their own projects. Both in Dublin and at Kylemore, Sayers said, the course will link “the practice of walking and the kind of opening up of the language centers that walking provides.”“We’re going to be doing lots of exercises around place, both architectural space and Kylemore Abbey itself will be a fabulous architectural space to explore, but absolutely once we’re in Connemara, we’ll be thinking about nature,” she said.  “We’re still working on course texts and things like that, but we’re trying to include some writing that thinks about both nature and ecology, and our moment in climate time.” Sayers said the program is designed for accommodate 20 Notre Dame students and 10 Irish university students. “Because this is the first year, those would be ideal target numbers for the life of the program, but it’s entirely likely that we’ll be a smaller group going over the first time,” she said. More information regarding the course and the potential to apply for financial aid will be available to students at an information session Wednesday at 11 a.m. in 320 Malloy Hall. Applications for the course are due Feb. 26. Tags: creative writing program, English Department, Ireland, Notre Dame Internationallast_img read more

Bound For B’way? See the Secret Stage Past of The Fault In Our Stars Stud Ansel Elgort

first_imgHe’s Got Serious Stage Acting ChopsDuring his senior year at LaGuardia High School, Elgort made his professional stage debut opposite After Midnight’s Adriane Lenox and Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Regrets. He and the cast reportedly danced to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” in their dressing rooms, which we seriously need video footage of. He Rocked LaGuardia High SchoolWhile attending the prestigious performing arts high school, Elgort was already developing his teen heartthrob status. He made Tracy Turnblad swoon as Link Larkin in Hairspray, and played smooth high-roller Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, all before getting his high school diploma. Ansel Elgort He Spent Summers at Stagedoor ManorBefore he was Ansel Elgort, movie star, he was “Collins, Tom Collins,” in the Stagedoor Manor production of Rent in 2011. (He spent seven years at the legendary summer camp!) “I’ll Cover You: Reprise” is a tough song to nail, but Elgort does it in spades in this emotional rendition—plus, he can riff! Twenty-year-old Ansel Elgort is delivering one hell of a breakout performance in the new movie The Fault In Our Stars—his heartbreaking turn as Augustus Waters in the adaptation of John Green’s novel had us swooning, laughing and of course, weeping uncontrollably for hours. After his stellar performances in Fault and as Caleb in Divergent, Elgort is sure to have his pick of high-profile projects to choose from. But we think—no, know—he should star in a musical next. We’ve dug up some fantastic clips of Elgort singing, dancing and acting on stage that you really need to see. Check out Elgort in action, then tell us which stage roles you’d like to see him play in the comments below! He Can Dance (No, Really Dance)Did we mention that in addition to being talented and gorgeous, Elgort also has a talented and gorgeous girlfriend? The star is head over heels for aspiring dancer Violetta Komyshan, whom he met at LaGuardia. The duo danced together in this gorgeous video for Amanda Uprichard’s Spring ’13 collection—awww, can they be any more adorable? View Commentslast_img read more

How Animals Eat Their Food (Video)

first_imgEver think to yourself, “Geez, The Buzz item on the Long Island Press website is getting a bit stale, I had better update it.”?Side note: Ever write a sentence that starts like the one above and then not know how to punctuate it at the end?Anyway, ever say to yourself, “Ah man, I need to update that Buzz, but there isn’t anything supremely infantile enough to make me LOL like a 12-year-old during Sex Ed class (or, these days, during actual sex).”? !? 1?^&?Well, I know how you feel. (Not about the laughing-during-sex-part… well… laughed-AT-during-sex, maybe)…OK, OK, let’s keep this PG shall we? And by PG, I mean Perfect Go! As in, this buzz is PERFECT for someone who wants a guilty pleasure of something stupid and silly to laugh at so GO watch it!And here it is.You may praise me in the comments below. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more