Manuscript-based Workshops in February

8 February and 29 February 2020

City Centre, Dublin

Fee 350 euro with manuscript / 175 Euro without manuscript

Claire Keegan will be running two manuscript-based workshops in Dublin city centre on Saturday 8th and Saturday 29th February.  This is a unique opportunity to have your work read and critiqued by Claire. 

The workshops are completely independent of each other, and run from 9am to 5pm. Manuscripts of up to 3,000 words must be submitted 10 days in advance. People are also welcome to attend the workshops without a manuscript.

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Seminar with Mary McCay: What Do We Think of When We Think of Race?

Three-day seminar with Prof. Mary McCay of New Orleans

June 19 to 21 2020, Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford

Racial issues have surfaced all over the world. Tribal genocide, refugee deaths, entry refusals against asylum seekers, all highlight fear of the other, and the racial antagonisms have deepened as politicians play on people’s fears. Another factor in the current racial climate is white (especially white male) fear of loss of hegemony.  Ironically, it often is expressed by white men who have never really benefited from the white male power structure. 
This three-day seminar will look at the classic racial paradigm, African American slavery and its lingering political consequences, but we will also look at other  countries’ attitudes that, while not specifically related to chattel slavery, are related to colonialism and its consequences.  We will read Valerie Martin’s Property, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and Ta NeHisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations”.  We will view  I Am Not Your Negro, a film based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book directed by Raoul Peck. We will  also examine how racism in America is both a paradigm of international racial problems and a bell weather for racism in other countries.

Tuition is 450 Euro. To book, please email

Mary McCay has been a professor of English and American literature and film for over thirty years. She has written books on Rachel Carson and Ellen Gilchrist, and has edited a collection of essays on Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer. She also developed study abroad programs in England, Ireland, France, and The Netherlands. Since retiring from her professorship, she has taught in France, Spain, England, Ireland, and Vietnam.

Prof. McCay’s teachings were the first to inspire Claire Keegan to write fiction. These teachings and her lectures continue to inspire Claire to teach creative writing.

Manuscript-based Workshop

Dublin city centre, 7 December 2019, 9.30am to 5pm

A unique opportunity to have your work read and critiqued by Claire Keegan. A 3,000 words or less manuscript is required, and tuition is 300 Euro.

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Residential Writing Weekend with Claire Keegan

Teach Bhride Holistic Centre, Tullow, Co. Carlow, Ireland

3 to 5 January 2020

The residential writing weekend with Claire Keegan will see all participants arriving at Teach Bhride on Friday afternoon before dinner. The next two mornings will be spent writing in any genre in well lighted, quiet spaces without mobile phones.

Lectures and discussions will be held in the afternoons and evenings on the following:

  • Letters by Anton Chekhov & others
  • Paris Review/Writers at Work Interviews
  • Essays by Eudora Welty, Frank O’Connor and Flannery O’Connor
  • Hemingway’s advice on writing
  • Some poems on writing and creativity
  • Viewing of A Private World, a documentary on John McGahern

Tuition includes all meals and two nights’ accommodation, with everyone arriving before dinner on Friday, helping themselves to breakfast both mornings, and leaving before dinner on Sunday evening. This course will suit anyone interested in a quiet weekend of writing. None of what is written will be read aloud. It’s a chance to engage with the intricacies of the creative process and use your imagination.

To book your place, contact Tuition is 400 Euro. A 50% deposit secures.

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Claire Keegan’s portrait taken in the offices of Sabine Wespieser, Publisher, Paris

Claire Keegan’s story collections include Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, translated into 17 languages, have won numerous awards. Her debut, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. “These stories are among the finest stories recently written in English,” wrote the Observer. Walk the Blue Fields, her second collection, was Richard Ford’s Book of the Year in 2010, and won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the strongest collection published in the British Isles. Foster won the Davy Byrne’s Award, the then world’s richest prize for a single story. New Yorker readers chose Foster as their story of the year. It was also published in Best American Stories and is now on the school syllabus in Ireland. Keegan has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction, having taught workshops on four continents.

“Every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion.” – Hilary Mantel

“The best stories are so textured and so moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savoring them many years from now and to imagine critics, far in the future, deploying new lofty terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan’s fiction work.” – The New York Times

“Every single word in the right place and pregnant with double meaning.” – Jeffrey Eugenides, The New York Times

“Keegan is a rarity, someone I will always want to read.” – Richard Ford