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UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School in New York

Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 6 February 2019.
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This June, the internationally acclaimed Creative Writing faculty of the University of Limerick will offer their annual Creative Writing Summer School in New York in honour of the late Frank McCourt.

The Shannon Airport Authority and UL have put together “a stellar line up of writers” (The Irish Times) for the 2019 Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School at NYU’s beautiful Glucksman Ireland House, 27th – 30th June. Study writing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with bestselling authors Joseph O’Connor, Donal Ryan and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, poet Martin Dyar, UL professor Eoin Devereux, memoirist Kerry Neville and others. The Summer School offers a taste of Creative Writing as taught at UL, with the emphasis on enjoyment, collegiality, mutual respect and love of words.

The Summer School is led by Joseph O’Connor, broadcaster, playwright and author of nine novels including the million-selling ‘Star of the Sea’ and the forthcoming ‘Shadowplay’ (June 2019, Europa Editions, New York).  Highlights will feature twice-Booker-longlisted Donal Ryan, author of ‘The Spinning Heart’ (recently voted Irish Novel of the Decade) who will reveal the secrets of writing captivating short stories. Acclaimed Young-Adult author and UL professor Sarah Moore Fitzgerald will outline those essential motivational and time-management tools that all writers need. Renowned songwriter Pierce Turner will perform a special concert for Summer School attendees, in an intimate setting. Celebrated Irish poet, Martin Dyar, will offer exciting teaching-sessions and readings. Memoirist Kerry Neville joins us as special guest. Teacher, Huffington Post contributor and award-winning short-story writer (‘Necessary Lies’), Kerry is a dazzlingly talented wordsmith whose take on the creative process in our contemporary era is fascinating. Eoin Devereux will lecture on the American success of Limerick band The Cranberries. Gregory de la Haba, artist and proprietor of world-famous McSorley’s, will host attendees for Sunday morning brunch and a story or two at his celebrated and historic establishment.

The Summer School is open to application from everyone, whether resident in New York or willing to travel from Ireland. No previous writing experience is required, but some would be helpful. Enthusiasm and willingness to prepare for the programme is a must. Ticket $300/$250 student/unwaged.  Numbers are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment, at http://frankmccourt.ulfoundation.com/

Details/informal enquiries: joseph.oconnor@ul.ie

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Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin who founded The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and is Ireland's leading literary scout. Vanessa is represented by literary agent Simon Trewin and writes crime as Sam Blake. LITTLE BONES will be published by Bonnier's Twenty7 imprint in May 2016. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.