Creative writing at Galway Arts Centre

Susan Millar DuMars.
Susan Millar DuMars.

Galway Arts Centre is running a daytime class for creative writers, starting this month. Aimed at beginners and those with some experience, the class will be facilitated by writer Susan Millar DuMars who co-hosts Galway’s Over the Edge monthly readings in Galway City Library.

Susan writes both poetry and fiction. A collection of her stories, Lights in The Distance, was published in December 2010 by Doire Press and she has produced four collections of poetry, all published by Salmon Poetry.

Bone Fire was launched at last year’s Cúirt Festival of International Literature, while Big Pink Umbrella was published in 2008, Dreams for Breakfast in 2010 and The God Thing in 2013.

Susan was the Featured Fiction writer in a recent issue of the American online magazine The Atticus Review. She co-organises the Over the Edge reading series which specifically promotes new writers. Susan edited the anthology Over the Edge – The First Ten Years, also published by Salmon, which includes work by 47 writers who have published a first book since they did a reading at an Over the Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library.

Her course at Galway Arts Centre is suitable for both beginning and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction.

Students will spend their weeks responding to writing exercises which are designed to inspire, rather than inhibit them. In class, they will receive gentle feedback on their work from their classmates and from Susan.

Classes take place on Monday afternoons, from 2.30-4pm, commencing on Monday, January 16. They will run for 10 weeks.

The cost is €110 or €100 concession price. Booking is essential and places are limited. There are no refunds once the course has started.

■ For booking, please contact Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway City, phone 091 565886 or email