How Fiction Works – Brisbane

Venue: North Lakes Hotel, 22 Lakefield Drive, North Lakes QLD 4509, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Dates: April 29, 30 & May 1 

From: 9:30am until 4pm daily 

Tuition: €700

Claire Keegan, internationally acclaimed author, invites you to join her for How Fiction Works, which will run from 9:30am to 4pm daily. These seminars will explore and demonstrate the characteristics and differences between the short story and the novel. She will discuss the structure of narrative, character, tension, point of view, dialogue, character, time and setting.

Keegan will be teaching with the stories listed below and a John McGahern novel. The course may be of particular interest to those who write or read fiction – but anyone with an interest in reading or understanding how fiction works is most welcome to attend.

The following stories will be discussed, taken from The Oxford Book of Short Stories, chosen by V.S. Pritchett.

“The Demon Lover,” by Elizabeth Bowen

“The Tent,” by Liam O’Flaherty

“My Vocation,” by Mary Lavin

“Going Home,” by William Trevor

“Hills Like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway

Also, a novel: The Barracks by John McGahern

To book a place please contact

Deposits and completed booking forms due in January.


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