Booked Out: Writing Short Stories with Danielle McLaughlin
Start: Sat 16 Nov 2019
Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Duration: 1 day
Cost: €80/€70 Members
In association with Dublin Book Festival
Where do stories come from? Do we find them, or do they find us? On this one-day course you will explore ways of interrogating the everyday until it surrenders its stories. You will undertake writing exercises designed to generate new stories, and 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, and how to write endings that work.
Danielle McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Southword, and The New Yorker. Her debut collection of short stories Dinosaurs on Other Planets was published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly Press in 2015. In 2019, she was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize, and she was Writer in Residence 2018-2019 at UCC.