Manuscript-based Workshops in February

February 8 and 29, 2020

Dublin city centre

Fee 350 euro with manuscript / 175 Euro without manuscript

Claire Keegan will be running two manuscript-based workshops in Dublin city centre on Saturday 8th and Saturday 29th February.  This is a unique opportunity to have your work read and critiqued by Claire. 

The workshops are completely independent of each other, and run from 9am to 5pm. Manuscripts of up to 3,000 words must be submitted 10 days in advance. People are also welcome to attend the workshops without a manuscript.

To book, please email ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com  

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Three-Day Fiction-Writing Workshop with Claire Keegan

Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford 

March 14-16, 2020.  9:45am–5pm.

A 3-day fiction-writing workshop with Claire Keegan concentrating on works-in-progress submitted by the participants. Manuscripts (novel excerpt or short story of up to 3,000 words) are due on or before March 1, distributed to every participant, and read with care by all. Keegan will read every text before the workshop begins, and then discuss every text with the group.

Discussion will include the structure of a narrative, paragraph structure, time, tension versus drama, melodrama, statement, description, suggestion, conflict, character, humor, point of view, dialogue, place and time. The aim of Claire’s fiction-writing workshops, always, is to help each author with the next draft. The workshops will be of particular interest to those who write, teach, read or edit fiction — but anyone with an interest in how fiction works, improving their prose and/or helping others to do so, is welcome to attend. While most participants like to submit a manuscript, this is not a requirement.

Tuition for this 3-day fiction-writing workshop with Claire is 450 Euro. To book your place, contact ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com

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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:

clairekeeganfictionclinic@gmail.com

Tuition is 500 Euro. 

A 200 Euro deposit secures the reservation.