*New Dates* What I Learned From Chekhov

A Residential Weekend

July 31 to August 3 2020

Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co Carlow.

A three-day course in which Claire Keegan will share what she learned from reading Chekhov’s stories and letters. She will also be looking at the writing advice Chekhov gave and referring to essays by James Woods, Nabokov, Harold Bloom and Eudora Welty, but the seminars’ primary focus will be on this selection of twelve stories:

1. Champagne 

2. The Lottery Ticket 

3. On Easter Eve 

4. In the Ravine 

5. Ward No 6

6. Betrothed 

7. An Anonymous Story 

8. The Chorus Girl 

9.  Peasants 

10. Oysters

11. A Country Cottage

12. The Trousseau 

Participants are free to read any translation, but the Constance Garnett translations may be found here.

Recommended reading: 

Chekhov by V.S. Pritchett 

Reading Chekhov by Janet Malcolm 

A New Life of Anton Chekhov by Ronald Hingley 

A Writer for Grown-ups” by Richard Ford

Tuition is 600 Euro and includes three nights’ accommodation and all meals from Friday after lunch until Monday after lunch. The non-residential fee option is 400 Euro. Lectures begin at 2pm on Friday and conclude at 1pm on Monday. 

Please note that all participants will be accommodated in plain, clean rooms. Some en-suites are available but some bedrooms share a bathroom. There is a 30 Euro supplement for an en-suite booking. 

Breakfast is help yourself. Lunch and dinner will be served. All meals are home-cooked and everyone is welcome to make tea/coffee. 

To book, please email ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com

Residential Writing Weekend with Claire Keegan

January 1–3, 2021

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

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
  • Letters by writers on writing
  • 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 ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com Tuition is 500 Euro. A 50% deposit secures.

Read reviews of previous courses and workshops on g.page/ckfictionclinic/review

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