Get writing for the New Year

IT IS said that everyone has at least one novel in them. The challenge is to sit down and write it from start to finish - but what skills do you need to learn to help you get your story on paper?

Aspiring novelists, short story writers, poets, and memoirists have a chance to find to learn about those necessary skills at a range of classes given by Galway poets Kevin Higgins and Susan Millar DuMars.

The Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of two poetry workshops from Kevin Higgins. Each workshop will run on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8.30pm for 10 weeks, starting January 19 and on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm, starting January 21.

The Tuesday workshop is open to complete beginners as well as those who have been writing for some time. The Thursday workshop is suitable for those who’ve participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines.

Susan Millar DuMars will teach creative writing at the Galway Arts Centre. The class is suitable for beginners and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction.

Students will spend their week responding to writing exercises designed to inspire, rather than inhibit. In class, they will receive gentle feedback on their work from their classmates and from the teacher. The class runs for 10 weeks and takes place on Mondays from 2pm to 3.30pm, starting January 18.

Kevin is the author of the best-selling poetry collection The Boy With No Face. Susan’s first collection of poetry, Big Pink Umbrella, was published last year by Salmon Poetry.

The cost for each of the classes is €110/100. Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place contact Victoria at the Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 - 565886 or email [email protected]


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