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


first_imgLast year’s turning on of the Letterkenny Christmas lights.Letterkenny is set to be buzzing once again when Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Shop LK will be lighting up Letterkenny for Christmas this Friday, November 27th.There will be hot drinks, soup, mulled wine, mince pies, music and dancing all before Santa arrives.This year Mayor of the Letterkenny will once again accompany a young person from a local national school to turn on the switch for the Letterkenny Christmas lights.The lucky winner of the School Art Competition “Christmas in Letterkenny” will join the Mayor, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle at the Market Square to press the all important button to light up the Main Street. This year the winner and runners up will all receive prizes sponsored by AIB and there will be spot prizes on the night donated by local businesses. Cllr. Gerry McMonagle remarked; “The turning on of the Christmas lights in Letterkenny is a lovely family event and it is a privilege to be joined by the lucky competition winner. This night sets the scene for the festive season and we love to see all the families and children taking part with such enthusiasm. This year we hope to spread lots of Christmas cheer in advance of what we all hope will be a fantastic Christmas season.”From 5.30pm businesses on the Main Street and surrounding area will be staying open a little later and will be giving out sweets, hot chocolate, mulled wine, and other Christmas treats. Some businesses will have stalls outside with goodies to keep you warm. Businesses are getting into the spirit of the event this year so as well as the usual lovely treats on offer , there are special discounts, storytelling and as a special addition, Cara House are having a Santa Dash/Stroll to accompany Santa to the Square. The Santa Dash starts at the Theatre and finishes at Boots.MC Keith Fletcher will entertain the crowds with music and singing from 5.30pm at the bandstand. Pinehill Studios will be there with a fantastic dance routine all in preparation for the special guest to arrive with his elves and his very special transport. Be there from 6.30pm for the official countdown for the lights at 6.45pm then welcome Santa to the Market Square shortly after.Brian McCormick President of the Chamber commented; “Turing on the Christmas lights in Letterkenny has become really popular creating a little bit of magic just in time for the Christmas season. This has been a fantastic year for Letterkenny and switching on the Letterkenny Christmas lights kick starts the wonderful Christmas season. We hope to see a l a large crowd in attendance to watch the Mayor and the school art competition winner switch on the lights in the Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2015. The Letterkenny Chamber urges everyone to done their Santa Hat or jumper and come to share in the fun and goodwill of a festive night. For more information check out the ShopLK website www.shoplk.ie or the ShopLK Facebook page www.facebook.com/shoplk .LETTERKENNY TO FLICK THE SWITCH ON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THIS FRIDAY was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas lightsdonegalLETETRKENNYturning onlast_img read more