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McCourt school for NYU June 27-30

Novelist Donal Ryan teaching a class at the Frank McCourt Summer School at Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, in 2016.

“Star of Sea” author Joseph O’Connor will again lead the University of Limerick’s Creative Writing Summer School in New York from June 27-30 in honor of the late Frank McCourt.

O'Connor will be joined at Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, by what the Irish Times has described a “a stellar line up of writers,” best-selling novelists Donal Ryan and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, poet Martin Dyar, UL professor Eoin Devereux, memoirist Kerry Neville and others.

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“The Summer School offers a taste of creative writing as taught at the University of Limerick, with the emphasis on enjoyment, collegiality, mutual respect and love of words,” the UL’s Creative Writing department said in a statement.

The Summer School, which is sponsored by UL and Shannon Airport Authority, promises several days of study “in a fun and relaxed atmosphere." O’Connor – UL professor of Creative Writing, broadcaster and playwright – is the author of nine novels including the million-selling “Star of the Sea,” “Redemption Falls,” “Ghost Light” and the forthcoming “Shadowplay” (June 2019).

The County Tipperary-born Ryan, the author of “From a Low and Quiet Sea” and “The Spinning Heart” (recently voted Irish Novel of the Decade), “will reveal the secrets of writing captivating short stories.”

Professor Moore Fitzgerald “will outline those essential motivational and time-management tools that all writers need.”

The very popular County Wexford-born New York-resident singer-songwriter Pierce Turner will perform a special concert for the Summer School attendees.

Dyar will offer “exciting teaching-sessions and readings” while memoirist and award-winning short-story writer Kerry Neville will be a special guest.

“Eoin Devereux will lecture on the American success of Limerick band the Cranberries,” the statement said. “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 program is a must. Ticket $300/$250 student/unwaged.”

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