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2 Day Course : How Fiction Works: A study of Narrative using works by John McGahern with Claire Keegan

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Date(s) - 13/05/2019 - 14/05/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Writer Claire Keegan will direct this fiction writing course using works by John McGahern to explore and demonstrate the mechanics of writing and narrative structure. To book your place, contact ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com  Tuition is £300. A 50% deposit secures.

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? Why is a reader sometimes not drawn in at all? Keegan will discuss the structure of a narrative and go into what she calls the much-neglected middle, the trunk of the story.  Are endings 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.

This course 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.

Works will include

The Leavetaking

Christmas

Parachutes

The Conversion of William Kirkwood

Claire Keegan has written Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, translated into 17 languages, have won numerous awards, been published in The New Yorker, Best American Stories, The Paris Review. Keegan has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction, having taught workshops on four continents.

To book your place, contact ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com  Tuition is £300. A 50% deposit secures.