Date: May 25, 2024

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Duration: 2 hours

Level: Beginner | Emerging |

Cost: €32 (€30)

This course will take place in-person on Saturday 25th May for 2 hours.

Course Summary

We’ll be playing with story-telling through objects, thinking particularly about how the lowest and meanest things in our lives carry meaning. There’s an art to writing with a sideways gaze, not at the main event but at the traces it leaves.


Course Outline

Sarah will ask you to keep – or if you must, describe and take a photo of – everything that you throw away over a 24 hour period. We’ll use these collections as the basis of writing exercises, reflecting on the work of objects and material culture in life writing.

Course Outcomes

Students will practise paying attention to small, low objects in daily life, learning a practice of noticing that shapes innovative life writing. This work is particularly useful to the writing of nature and place, but of relevance to any form of memoir and most fiction.

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Sarah Moss is the author of eight novels, two memoirs and some scholarly work on eighteenth-century culture. She also writes book reviews, essays and journalism, and has been teaching Creative Writing for 25 years in universities and community settings. Sarah was born in Glasgow, grew up in the north of England and now lives in Dublin.