Booked Out: Online: Short Stories for Beginners with Danielle McLaughlin
Start: Tues 23 Mar 2021
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Duration: 6 Weeks
Cost: €165/€150 Members
Where do stories come from? Do we find them, or do they find us? In these workshops you will undertake writing exercises designed to generate new stories and will examine how to interrogate the everyday until it yields up its stories. You will also, by examining extracts from a selection of great short stories, consider such things as: how to begin; plot – what is it and is it necessary? creating compelling characters; dialogue; setting; writing endings that work.
In advance of each workshop, students will be provided with links to a short story/stories to read. At the end of each workshop, students will be given a writing prompt. Part of your workshop time will be spent discussing how students fared with the writing prompt from the week before and, time permitting, Danielle will invite volunteers to share what they wrote with the group (Sharing of work will be optional. Students won’t have to share work with the group if they don’t want to. Also, there will not be time for everyone to share work at every workshop)
This course is intended to help students generate new stories, and also to provide them with an overview of the various components of a short story. Students will acquire insights into writing craft by studying a varied selection of great short stories.
Danielle McLaughlin’s short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets was published in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press. In 2019, she was a Windham-Campbell Prize recipient, and won the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. Her first novel, The Art of Falling, will be published in February 2021 by John Murray.