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Creative Writing Program

This 4-week intensive Creative Writing Program is taught by distinguished Notre Dame faculty, Dionne Bremyer and Irish faculty who will encourage students to find their writing voice & connect to larger issues in contemporary writing.

The course will feature creative writing instruction including lectures, discussions, workshopping, and critiques of students' work. In the setting of Kylemore and Galway, students will reflect upon their peers' fiction, poetry, scripts and/or hybrid writing. Students will explore the west of Ireland through the cultural immersion program and a wide variety of excursions through Yeats’ homeland and along the wild Atlantic way. This summer program offers students a unique opportunity, with ample time and space, to deep dive into the Irish literary landscape and hone their craft.

Graduate students are welcome to apply and should enroll in class ENGL 94006.

2024 Creative Writing Program


June 29 - July 27, 2024. Please note that these dates are subject to change.



The program is worth 3 Notre Dame credits and is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds.

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Past Speakers

  • Claire Keegan
  • Kevin Barry
  • Claire-Louise Bennett
  • Declan Kiberd
  • Clíona Ní Ríordáin
  • Mary O’Malley
  • Alice McDermot
  • John Banville
  • Seamus Deane
  • Mike McCormack
  • Betsy Cornwell

Student Testimonials

“The summer program at Kylemore was one of my most enriching experiences. Not only did I have the opportunity to connect with the landscape of Ireland, but also with a wonderful group of teachers, artists, staff, and friends that made my summer truly unforgettable.” — Kate Ross ('24), American Studies major; Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy minor

“The Kylemore Creative Writing Program was the perfect blend of academic growth and international exploration. This program allowed me to develop as a writer through various short-form exercises and immerse myself in the Irish culture and countryside. Coupling these elements with the intimate, supportive atmosphere of the small cohort sets students up for an incredible experience.” — Andy De La Garza ('25), Business Analytics and English double major

"I wouldn't trade my time with the Kylemore Program for the world! I learned so much about writing (from the other students as well as Professor Dionne Bremyer and Marina Carr!) and experienced Ireland in a way I never could have without going there. The incredible excursions and amazing food were absolutely unforgettable as are the many friendships I made and that I'll cherish for years to come." — Amanda Muhr ('25), English and Theology double major

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