Booked Out: Fiction Seminar with Claire Keegan in assoc. with The Stinging Fly
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €60/€50 members
Run in association with The Stinging Fly Fiction Workshop
This intensive seminar will focus on the following aspects of fiction writing:
Time & Desire
Introducing fiction as a temporal art. How do we go about making the incision in time? How does paragraph structure meld with time as it leads us from the beginning to the middle to find an inevitable ending? Discussion will include the structure of a narrative, paragraph structure, time, tension, point of view, place and setting. Claire Keegan will lead you through the structure of a paragraph and demonstrate how time and movement and static work – and do not work.
How Fiction Works
Participants will learn how to consider and re-consider the structure of narrative. What does it mean to begin? What is tension? And how and why does tension rise and fall – or not rise at all?
In preparation for the seminar, all participants are asked to read Constance Garnett's translation of Chekhov's story ‘A Misfortune’.
Claire Keegan has written three award-winning collections of short stories: Antarctica, Walk The Blue Fields and Foster. Her stories have won the Davy Byrnes Award, been published in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, Granta, The Paris Review and translated into 14 languages. She is also a highly respected teacher of creative writing, having taught fiction workshops on four continents.