The Short Story with Tanya Farrelly
Date: February 14, 2023
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Duration: 8 weeks
Level: Beginner | Emerging |
Cost: €240 (€220 Members)
Online/In Person: Online
In this workshop attendees will explore the short story, what defines it, and differentiates it from other forms of prose writing. Through a range of readings and writing exercises, we will examine story structures, how to create memorable characters, the importance of point of view, and how to use imagery, dialogue and setting effectively. We will also talk about that all-important ingredient: conflict. With the aid of writing prompts, participants will have the chance to put into practice what they have learned, receiving feedback on their work in a fun and supportive environment.
We will begin our course by discussing what exactly defines a short story, looking at its main characteristics. We will read the short story Reuben by John O’Donnell and discuss how the story is structured and how an alternative point of view would completely alter the story.
We will also discuss the reliable/unreliable narrator. Students will be given a “first line” writing prompt to write a short story in their own time. From there, we will read Geraldine Mills story Hellkite, exploring characterisation, use of imagery, setting, tension and external conflict. Students will be asked to write a short piece on the theme of revenge. Finally, we will read Why Don’t You Dance? by Raymond Carver. Carver is the American master of the short story, known for his economy of style, naturalistic dialogue, portrayal of troubled relationships, and use of suggestion. Students will be assigned exercises in writing dialogue.
By the end of the course participants will have completed set writing exercises to hone their skills in each aspect of fiction writing. Through a mix of teaching, practise and production, they will have gained an understanding of how the short story works. Each participant will also have completed drafts of two short stories.
Tanya Farrelly is the author of four books: two short fiction collections: When Black Dogs Sing (Kate
O’ Brien Award 2017) and Nobody Needs To Know. (Arlen House, 2021), and two psychological thrillers: The Girl Behind the Lens and When Your Eyes Close (Harper Collins) She holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Bangor University, Wales and was appointed Writer-in-Residence at NUI Galway in 2021. Tanya is a recipient of an Arts Council Agility Award and has been selected for the Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme. She is currently working on a new novel.
Farrelly does an effective line in mood and intrigue as she weaves her narrative magic, effortlessly drawing the reader ever further into the unsettling tales she has fashioned. When black Dogs sing is a collection at once bold and playful, and brimming with the assurance of a writer in command of her craft.
Author of Psychotic Episodes, Ithaca, Laura Cassidy’s walk of Fame
For a debut novel, The Girl Behind the Lens is quite spectacular.
The London Economic
An absorbing psychological thriller … Oliver Molloy is one of the most skin-crawlingly creepy characters to appear in Irish Crime Fiction this year.
When Your Eyes Close is refreshingly original and thoughtful, as well as moving at a fantastic pace. An excellent, twisty tale.
Author of The Confession, The Boy Who Fell, After the Fire
An unflinching look into the hidden depths of human psyche, thoroughly enjoyable.
Author of Last to Die
A superbly twisty tale, each chapter a window on a dark & disturbing world that will keep you hooked.
Author of The Cathy Connolly Series
Where Farrelly's crime debut The Girl Behind the Lens came coated in gritty realism, When Your Eyes Close revels in its fantastical premise.
Tanya Farrelly is very generous and enthusiastic teacher. I really enjoyed the thought-provoking writing exercises she suggested during the course. Her instructions are clear, helpful and great fun.
Tanya's vibrant energy, her love for and profound knowledge of creative writing make her a fantastic teacher. I look forward to each and every class with her!
I've learned a lot from Tanya Farrelly. She knows how to encourage and guide aspiring writers to improve their craft through concentrated examples and useful exercises.
I really enjoyed Tanya's writing classes. There was a good balance between structure/teaching and sharing/critiquing. Tanya was very motivating and encouraging of all participants.
I enjoyed Tanya's writing classes very much. They were not only knowledgeable, but also energetic. After her classes I got new ideas about how to improve my writing and organize my creative time.