Online: Normal Women: New Irish Women's Writing with Eva Kenny
Starts: Tues 6 Oct 2020
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members
Course Level: Emerging
All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
We are currently experiencing a long-overdue boom in Irish women’s’ writing. Who are these writers and what are they writing about; how is their work shaping our society at large as well as its literary scene? This themed course focuses on recent work by six Irish writers: Niamh Campbell’s This Happy, Naoise Dolan’s Exciting Times, Emma Dabiri’s Don’t Touch my Hair, Sinéad Gleeson’s Constellations, Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self and Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Reading a short section of one book every week, you will explore how and why these writers construct, examine, question or challenge the idea of normality in contemporary Ireland, through their depictions of difference in class, race, gender, religion and ability. Your focus on the texts will provide prompts for your own writing, with professional feedback from the tutor and peer discussion every week.
Every week for six weeks you will meet online where you will discuss a chapter or section of one of the course texts. Participants will prepare a short piece of writing in response to the text in question every week; these can be fictional, critical, personal, creative or theoretical and will be workshopped in the class, guided by the tutor, and discussed in relation to the text and course theme by the group.
Participants will be familiar with a selection of key works in the current wave of new Irish women's writing, with a broad understanding of the main themes of the books in question. The wide disciplinary scope will allow writers to think and talk across many forms, whether fiction, the essay, autobiography, or sociological memoir, providing them with a context for their own emerging writing practice.
Eva Kenny is a writer based in Dublin. Her fiction, criticism and essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Artforum, Frieze, the LA Review of Books, the Dublin Review of Books, IMMA magazine, Flash Art, Kaleidoscope, Brand-New-Life, Persona, amongst others. She holds a doctorate in literature from Princeton University and is at work on a debut novel.
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