One City One Book Workshop with IWC Ambassador - Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

One City One Book Workshop with IWC Ambassador - Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

What We can Learn about Good Fiction Writing from The Country Girls

Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019

Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm

Location: Irish Writers Centre

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Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls is arguably the most significant coming-of-age novel ever written by an Irish woman.  In this book, she writes bravely, freely, and vividly about mothers and daughters, families, teenage love and sexuality. No Irish woman before her had ever written so honestly about young girls, sex, love of nature, people – and clothes. Few have ever written in such lyrical prose, and with such humour. Few coming of age novels are so enthralling. This is a book you can’t put down. And it was written in three weeks!

In this workshop we’ll have a look at The Country Girls, and find out what the secret of good strong writing is. Let’s see how Edna O’Brien took her own experience and transformed it into a novel which is a timeless classic, and a bestseller.

You can create brilliant fiction from life events. If your ambition is to do this, come to the master-class and learn from the master – Edna O’Brien.

This workshop will be facilitated by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, award-winning novelist and short story writer, and acclaimed teacher of Creative Writing.  It is not necessary to read The Country Girls prior to the workshop, but it is recommended that you do - volume one in particular.

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is a Dublin writer. She has published over 25 books and has won numerous awards for her writing - including The Stuart Parker Award for Drama, several Bisto awards for children’s books, the PEN award for an Outstanding Contribution to Irish literature, The Hennessy Hall of Fame Award, and many others.  Her novel The Dancers Dancing was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.  She has taught Creative Writing for many years in UCD, and has also taught in Trinity College, and conducted many writing workshops at various literary festivals.  Her most recent book is the acclaimed memoir, Twelve Thousand Days: a Memoir of Love and Loss (Blackstaff, 2018)  She is a member of Aosdana and an Ambassador for the Irish Writers Centre.