Claire Keegan, internationally acclaimed author and teacher of creative writing, will demonstrate and explore the mechanics of fiction-writing and narrative structure using stories by Chekhov and Raymond Carver. Participants will study:
Discussion will include the narrative structure, desire, time, paragraph structure, tension versus drama, statement, suggestion, conflict, character, humour, place and point of view. The day will be of particular interest to those who write, teach, read or edit prose — but anyone with an interest in reading or how fiction works is most welcome to attend.
Claire Keegan, internationally acclaimed author and fiction-writing teacher, will direct this, her most popular fiction writing course, using a novel, two short stories, and a film to demonstrate and explore the mechanics of fiction writing and narrative structure.
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. “The Displaced Person” by Flannery O’Connor
3. “A Small, Good Thing” by Raymond Carver
4. We will also refer to Martin Scorsese’s film “Taxi Driver”.
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? We will also explore the much-neglected middle; the trunk of the story, its denouement and turning points. And ask if endings are natural: why do stories need to end, to find a place of rest? The discussion around endings will focus on falling action, emotional consequences and inevitability. Participants will also examine the differences between the short story and the novel.
These seminars will be of particular interest to those who write, teach, read or edit fiction – but anyone with an interest in how fiction or reading works is welcome to attend.