Event Organiser: CK Fiction Clinic
Location: University of Technology
Date: 2 & 3 June, 2018
Time: 9:45am – 6:00pm
Claire Keegan is an internationally acclaimed author and teacher of creative writing. During this 2 day fiction workshop, Keegan will focus on works-in-progress submitted by participants.
Manuscripts (novel excerpt or short story of up to 3,000 words) are distributed to every participant and read in advance by all. Keegan will spend between 3-5 hours on each text before the workshop begins and will then examine and discuss every work with the group during the weekend. Discussion will include the structure of a narrative, paragraph structure, time, tension, drama, statement, de-scription, suggestion, conflict, character, humour, point of view, place and time. The aim, always, is to help each author with the next draft.
The weekend 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.
Claire Keegan has written Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, translated into 17 languages, have won numerous awards. Walk the Blue Fields was Richard Ford’s Book of the Year in The Guardian, 2010 and won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded by Hilary Mantel. She was also awarded The William Trevor Prize by William Trevor. Foster won the Davy Byrne’s Award, then the world’s richest prize for a single story. Her works have been published in the The New Yorker, Best American Stories, Granta and The Paris Review. She is nominated as Fiction Laureate of Ireland
Of Antarctica, The Observer said, “these stories are among the finest stories recently written in English.” Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the strongest collection published in the British Isles. Foster was elected by readers as the best story published that year in The New Yorker and was then published in Best American Stories. Keegan also 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
“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
“The best stories are so textured and so moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savouring 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