Online: In the Flesh - writing the body with Elske Rahill Irish Writers Centre Writing Courses

Online: In the Flesh - Writing the Body with Elske Rahill

Start Date: Tues 13 Apr 2021
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €240/€216

Course Level: Emerging

All remote Irish Writers Centre courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)

Course Summary: 

This is a highly interactive workshop in which participants examine how to create a living character, and how perspective and body inform voice. The aim is to help fiction writers to root their characters in their various experiences, perspectives, bodies and environments, and explore the best register for their current work. Throughout the course, participants will analyse different levels of narrative voice  and the body in fiction, share and discuss their own work, and interrogate their knowledge about their own fictional characters and tap into instinctive, rather than prescriptive, character development.

Course Outline: 

 Each participant is expected to:

  • Provide a 3000 word sample of their work, preferably before the start date of the class;
  • Read their classmates’ work (2 pieces per week);
  • Read some short excerpts of published works that will be sent via email; and
  • Do homework exercises. These should take no more than 20 minutes.

Every week, two of the participants’ work will be discussed. These participants will be set exercises which they will read for the class the following week.

Participants will be set weekly homework which will be used for interactive in-class exercises.

Participants will also be sent readings of from already-published work, and are expected to read them before class.

Each class comprises 3 main sections, with 10 minute breaks between them.

Elske Rahill is an Irish novelist and short story writer. Her work includes the novels Between Dog and Wolf (2013, The Lilliput Press), An Unravelling (Head of Zeus and The Lilliput Press, 2019) and the short story collection In White Ink (2017). She currently lives in Burgundy, France with her partner and four children.

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