Booked Out: Fiction Seminar with Claire Keegan
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €60/€50 members
Run in association with The Stinging Fly Fiction Workshop.
Desire and Time; How Fiction Works
Claire Keegan, internationally acclaimed author and teacher of creative writing, will demonstrate and explore the mechanics of fiction-writing and narrative structure using three Raymond Carver stories.
Participants will study:
2. “Chef’s House”
Discussion will include the structure of a narrative, desire, paragraph structure, tension versus drama, statement, suggestion, conflict, character, humour, place and point of view. The day will be of particular interest to those who write, teach, read or edit fiction -- but anyone with an interest in how fiction or reading works is welcome to attend.
Claire Keegan has written Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, translated into 17 languages, have won numerous awards. Her debut, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and won The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Of Antarctica, The Observer said, “these stories are among the finest stories recently written in English.”
Walk the Blue Fields, her second collection, was Richard Ford’s Book of the Year and won, among several other awards, The Edge Hill Prize, awarded by Hilary Mantel for the best collection published that year in the British Isles. Foster won the Davy Byrne’s Award, then the world’s richest prize for a single story. This story was abridged by Deborah Treisman for The New Yorker and elected by readers as the best story published in the magazine that year and was subsequently published in Best American Stories.
Her stories are published in several other journals and anthologies including The Paris Review and Granta. Keegan has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction writing, having taught workshops on four continents.
“Every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style
and emotion.” – Hilary Mantel
“The best stories are so textured and so moving, so universal but utterly
distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savoring them many years
from now and to imagine critics, far in the future, deploying new lofty
terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan’s fiction work.” - The New
“Every single word in the right place and pregnant with double meaning.” - Jeffrey Eugenides, The New York Times
“Keegan is a rarity, someone I will always want to read.” – Richard Ford