Fiction Seminar with Claire Keegan

Fiction Seminar with Claire Keegan

Irish Writers Centre, Saturday 18th May 2019

Run in association with The Stinging Fly

Loss and Love: A Study of Narrative

Claire Keegan, internationally acclaimed author and teacher of creative writing, will demonstrate and explore the mechanics of fiction-writing and narrative structure using two John McGahern short stories: ‘Gold Watch’ and ‘The Conversion of ‘William Kirkwood’.

Participants are asked to read these two stories before they attend the seminar.

How do stories begin? How and why does an author make an incision in time and build tension? How is a reader drawn into a narrative? Why is a reader sometimes not drawn in at all? Keegan will discuss the shape of a story, describe how a beginning sometimes turns into what she calls the much-neglected middle or the trunk of the story. How is this related to love? To loss? Participants will be asked to consider if endings are natural.Why do stories need to end, to find a resting place? The discussion around endings will focus on falling action, emotional consequences and inevitability.

Claire Keegan was raised on a farm in Wicklow. Her short stories have won numerous awards and have been translated into 17 languages. They are published in Granta, The Paris Review, The New Yorker and Best American Stories. Foster is now on the school syllabus. Keegan has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction writing.


Date:
Saturday 18th May 2019
Time:
10.30am
Price:
€70 - €80
Address:
Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square North, Rotunda, Dublin 1, Ireland

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