Strength of Character with Órla Foyle
Starts: Sat 15 June 2019
Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: €40/€35 Members
How does a writer create a character? What engenders this imaginative existence - character, voice, narrative? How is character revealed through the narrative's dialogue and action? What fuels that dialogue and action – the character’s inner world, their thoughts and reactions to the outside world? How does point of view deliver the character? How can your experience and imagination as a writer make a character live on the page?
In this half-day course, students will explore how contemporary and past fictional characters have been created through voice, narrative, settings, dialogue and action, and from there each student will create their own fictional character via discussion, practical work, thus discovering how character is created from the imagination and experience of the writer.
Órla Foyle’s novel Belios was published by The Lilliput Press. Arlen House published her poetry collection Red Riding Hood’s Dilemma and her two short fiction collections Somewhere in Minnesota and Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin. She has just completed her second novel The Sawdust Dictator.
Her work has been published in The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, The Manchester Review and in the Wales Arts Review.
Órla Foyle’s strange stories of violence and yearning beguile the reader even as they disconcert. She is a true original, a writer of great gifts, and I find her work immensely compelling and memorable. Joseph O’ Connor Author
If a very early-career Ian McEwan got together with Franz Kafka and Flannery O’Connor and somehow a lovechild grew up to be a writer, I think that writer might be Órla Foyle. Throw in the loneliness of Jean Rhys and the twisted fairytale atmospheres of Angela Carter and the picture is almost complete. Alan McMonagle Author
The short story collection Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin by Órla Foyle….reads a little like Carson McCullers and tastes like one of the richest and most darkly dreamt things in recent Irish writing. Martin Dyar Poet