A Weekend on Dialogue with Claire Keegan: What’s the Point in Talking?

The Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford

9:45am – 5pm, October 5 & 6.

In response to many requests, Claire Keegan will be directing a weekend on writing dialogue. Keegan will argue that our speech is full of casual and consequential misunderstanding. Some of what characters say is what we do not wish to say or reveal or realise. We will also look at other human factors: why it isn’t always possible to hear what is being said, and why we cannot often or do not wish to listen. And how despite our attempts to say little, we reveal a great deal. How, through our speech and silences, we give ourselves away.

Course participants will be asked to read scenes, and stories, examine and edit scenes – and we will also look at why and how dialogue works, and why it sometimes doesn’t. We will also take a look at accents, dialogue layout, pacing, humour and balancing descriptive paragraphs with dialogue.

This course will likely be of interest to those who read, write or edit novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, screen plays, creative non-fiction or are simply interested in how and why people talk.

The reading list is not yet available but will likely include works by Turgenev, Roddy Doyle, J.M Synge, Pat Barker, Raymond Carver, Eudora Welty, Anton Chekhov, Sean O’Faolain, Shakespeare, Lorrie Moore, Flannery O’Connor. And some film scenes.

To book your place, email ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com. Tuition is 350 euro. A 100 euro non-refundable deposit secures a place. All welcome.