August 11 & 12, 2018
9.45am-6pm both days
Tuition Euro 300
Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co Carlow
Over two days, writer and teacher of creative writing Wayne Price will lead six fiction workshops focused on the many uses of place in stories, and the ways in which successful stories open up distinctive worlds of their own for both writer and reader. Through a mix of close textual study, lively discussion and practical workshopping these sessions will explore the vital importance of understanding stories not as ‘thematic’, or ‘plotted’, even if they might sometimes make use of these aspects, but primarily as different kinds of spaces for the writer’s and reader’s imaginations to inhabit. Arguably, all the lasting life of a great story comes from this ‘inhabitable’ quality, and by examining outstanding examples of such stories, divided roughly into four different kinds of imaginative space, we will work towards opening up and developing such possibilities in our own work.
The final afternoon session of each day will be led by Professor Alison Lumsden, internationally renowned expert on 19th century Scottish fiction. She will discuss the work of Robert Louis Stevenson, revered by writers such as Borges and Nabokov but all too often neglected and misunderstood by academics. These relaxed discussions will centre on Stevenson’s essays on fiction, so many of which echo the themes of the workshops, and some of his best short stories.
Wayne Price is the author of Furnace, a collection of stories nominated for the Saltire First Book of the Year in 2012, Mercy Seat, a novel and Fossil Record, a collection of poems awarded a Laureate’s Choice in 2015. He has been a major prize-winner of, and been nominated for, many international awards including the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen, the Bridport, Manchester International and Raymond Carver Short Story Prizes. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Aberdeen.
Alison Lumsden is the author of Walter Scott and the Limits of Language as well as more than fifty articles and book chapters on 19th and 20th century Scottish literature. She has also published short stories and is the General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of Walter Scott’s poetry. She has lectured and presented keynote papers at many universities and conferences around the world and has been Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Aberdeen since 2012.
‘Furnace is a heraldic collection […] of both incandescent restraint and dynamic range […] namely some of the best short stories written anywhere in recent years.’ Alan Warner
‘…masterful command of a notoriously tricky form […] Wayne Price is a writer of uncommon gifts.’ The Scotsman