Over the course of two full days, Claire Keegan will discuss Anton Chekhov’s stories and refer to the non-fiction texts selected below. She will consider the methods Chekhov uses in his prose-writing style, his philosophy, and the structure of his stories. These seminars will be of particular interest to those who read, write, teach or edit fiction – but anyone with an interest in reading stories is more than welcome to attend.
Seven Stories: The Lottery Ticket The Trousseau The Student The Murder The Wife In the Ravine *Betrothed *(Title sometimes translated as The Finacee or The Bride)
Non-fiction texts: Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey, by Janet Malcolm “Chekhov the Subversive,” an essay by Aileen Kelly (this essay will be provided in advance, by email).
Please note that we will be using the Constance Garnett translations of the stories – which are freely available online. Participants are responsible for sourcing the Janet Malcolm biography. It is in print, costs £10, and should be available to order through your local bookstore.
These lectures may not be recorded. There is no possibility of online viewing/participation. All places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. A completed booking form and deposit are necessary to make a reservation.
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Claire Keegan’s January 2022 residential writing course in Tullow, as well as her September 2021 workshop on the short “Loss and the Short Story”, are now fully booked! However, writers and readers are welcome to get in contact with Monica at ClaireKeeganFictionClinic@gmail.com to place their names on the waiting list.
Due to a cancellation, one space has become available in the August 2021 “The Short Story and the Novel” workshop. If you would like to book a spot, please get in contact!
This residential course is designed for writers of any level working in any genre who would like to begin the new year by immersing themselves in writing and studying how reading works. Participants will arrive and be welcomed early on the morning of January 2nd for an introductory session. The rest of that morning and all other mornings will be dedicated to participants’ own writing. In the afternoons, Claire will lecture on aspects of writing and literature using published works, a list of which will be forwarded to all participants in November. Everyone will depart after lunch on January 6th.
Please note that the venue is an old convent with a very pleasant atmosphere. The accommodation is no frills but all bedrooms are en-suite, and meals are home cooked. All meals for the 5 days and 4 nights’ accommodation are included in the fee.
Please note also that no phones will be allowed in the writing spaces. If you cannot sit and write without your phone, you are welcome to write in your room or look for another space in the centre. Even if your phone is turned off, I will ask that you please leave it elsewhere. You might like to bring your printer. If you are unable to sit and write for a few hours in the morning without your phone, you are, of course, free to leave the writing space and check messages, etc. But we must respect the quiet space and not disrupt others. If you are using your laptop, we ask that you turn off all WiFi while at work. No dings or pings please! The aim of this residential course, in part, is to get away from all outside communication, and concentrate on your writing until lunchtime every day. And what you write is entirely up to you. No one will be asked to read aloud from their own work.
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You are welcome to make contact with Teach Bhride if you have questions about their facilities. There is ample parking. An infrequent Bus Eireann service (Route 132) runs between Dublin and Tullow. The centre is a 5-minute walk from town, located beside the RC chapel.
Trinity College Dublin and Pembroke College Cambridge are delighted to announce that Claire Keegan is the 2021 Briena Staunton Visiting Fellow. The fellowship has been generously endowed by Clinical Professor in Radiology James Meaney in memory of his aunt, Briena Staunton. Following an agreement between the two colleges, a leading international writer, nominated alternately by Trinity and Pembroke, will spend a month writing and supporting students in Dublin or Cambridge. This year Trinity nominated Claire Keegan, an international award-winning short-story writer, who will spend March 2021 in Cambridge.
Claire is an Irish writer whose stories have been published in English by Faber & Faber, have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, Best American Stories, won numerous awards – and are translated into 17 languages. She is internationally renowned as a teacher of creative writing.
Claire’s debut collection of stories, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. The Observer called these stories: ‘Among the finest recently written in English’. It was also awarded the William Trevor Prize, judged by William Trevor.
In 2007, her second collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to huge critical acclaim and went on to win The Edge Hill Prize for the strongest collection published in The British Isles. The prize was adjudicated by Hilary Mantel.
Foster (2010) won The Davy Byrnes Award, then the world’s richest prize for a story. It was judged by Richard Ford: “Keegan is a rarity-someone I will always want to read’.”
We are sorry to announce that all courses and events for the year 2020 have been cancelled in order to comply with government guidelines. We hope to see you at the residential course in January 2021. Stay safe.