Starting in September, Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three poetry workshops, all facilitated by award-winning poet Kevin Higgins.
Each week Kevin will give participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and will offer each participant constructive suggestions as to how her or his poem can become the best possible poem it can be.
Kevin is an experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. One of his workshop participants at Galway Arts Centre won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, two have won the Cúirt New Writing Prize, and yet another the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, while several have published collections of their poems; two being shortlisted for the Shine-Strong Award for Best First Collection of poems. In 2013 a group of his students set up the poetry newspaper Skylight 47, which publishes new poems, reviews of poetry books and opinion pieces about poetry related matters.
Kevin teaches poetry on the NUI Galway Summer School programme and mentors poetry students on the NUI Galway BA Creative Writing Connect programme. Kevin is also co-organiser of the successful Over The Edge reading series which specialises in promoting new writers.
Each workshop will run for ten weeks, commencing the week of 21 September. They will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7pm-8.30pm (first class 22 September); on Thursday afternoons, 2-4pm (first class 24 September) and on Friday afternoons, 2-3.30pm (first class 25 September).
The Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who have been writing for some time. The Thursday afternoon workshop is an Advanced Poetry Workshop, suitable for those who’ve participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. The cost to participants is €110, with an €100 concession rate.
Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place contact reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091-565886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org