Writing Seminar: How Fiction Works with Claire Keegan

February 22, 2020

10am to 4.30pm

Central Library, Ilac Centre, Dublin 1

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:

1. The Lady with the Little Dog, by Anton Chekhov, translated by Garnett. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Lady_with_the_Dog

2. “Chef’s House” by Raymond Carver http://losarciniegas.blogspot.com/2011/07/raymond-carver-chefs-house.html

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. 

Booking is  essential. Email Centrallibrary@dublincity.ie or phone  01 8734333.

Beginnings, Middles, Endings The Structure of a Narrative with Claire Keegan

September 47, 2020

Massachusetts, USA.  

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. 

To book your place, contact:


Tuition is 500 Euro. 

A 200 Euro deposit secures the reservation.