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

The Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford

9:45 am – 5 pm, 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.

For more information, see ckfictionclinic.com

 

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One Small Step flash competition

Marking the 50th anniversary of first Moon Walk 20 July 1969. Your chance to write a very short story inspired by the Moon Walk and have it published!Business_card_moon_2 copy

Working in collaboration with Sampson Low Publishers the Museum of Walking are delighted to announce the One Small Step flash writing competition for fact or fiction flashes of 50 words or under inspired by the first Moon walk.

Imagine what types of stories might be found in a “Lunar Library’ or which stories you would take on a journey to the Moon.

Winners will be published in One Small Step, a limited edition chapbook, published by Sampson Low Publishers. Winners receive  3 copies of the limited edition chapbook. The competition closes midnight GMT Saturday 17 August and the winners will be announced on the Friday 30 August. There is an entry fee (to cover administration costs) of £3 for one flash piece or £5 for two (entrants are limited to 2 entries only).

More details about how to submit here

New Short Story Workshop for Autumn 2019 with award-winning writer, Kiare Ladner

Wednesday evenings, 6.45pm-9.15pm; dates October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4 2019; cost £99; venue Writing Room 

The short story – liberating to get down, exacting to get right! Over six intensive sessions, we’ll explore the art and craft of the form. In doing so, we’ll look rigorously at your own stories, alongside a diverse range by other writers. From the traditional to the experimental, from character-based to thematically driven, from stories that expand a moment to those that cover a lifetime, we’ll discuss what works, how it works and why it works. Come along if you’d like to be inspired, motivated and challenged in your practice. All levels welcome. more details here! /http://haringeyliteraturelive.com/autumn-cour

About Us

Now in its seventh year, Collage Writing Room aka Haringey Literature Live is best known for its much-loved, friendly, supportive and affordable writing courses for adults which run throughout the year and cover poetry, novels, short fiction and life writing among other disciplines, all taught by our superb teaching team. The venue is our wonderful teaching studio, the Writing Room, close to Wood Green tube and Alexander Park station in London, N22. Our students have access to two free drop in groups (Start Your Writing Week, and Feedback Fridays) and also to extras like our end of term celebrations at Karamel Restaurant, where they can read their work to their friends and family

Read about Kiare here! Kiare Ladner

August Round-Up

Competitions

A Story for Daniel, a flash fiction competition raising awareness of childhood cancer support, is open for entries, deadline Oct 31. Reflex Fiction announced its Summer longlist and the Autumn flash competition is open for entries of between 180-360 words, deadline Aug 31.  The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition is open for entries of up to 1000 words, deadline Dec 2.

 

Lit Mags & Chapbooks

Tales from the Forest is calling for submissions, deadline Sep 29, Issue 13 of the Nottingham Review is now available. Fictive Dream is calling for submissions.

 

Articles & Blogs

Shannon Savvas reviews KM Elkesnew flash fiction collection, All That Is Between Us. Baret Magarian tells us about the gestation of his new short story collection, Melting Point.

 

Live Lit

Talking Tales is open for submissionsuntil Aug 9 for its flash fiction special in Bristol on Aug 20. Short Shorts Friday is holding its next event on August 30 at the Pentameters Theatre, London.

Call for Submissions: Tales From The Forest

Tales From The Forest is an online magazine full of art and poetry and fiction, and we’re delighted to announce the theme for our eleventh issue: LORE. 

We want legends, folk tales, elves and spooks.

We’d like witches, fairies, wyverns and ghouls.

Consideration will also be given to gods, goddesses,  druids and mystics. 


Guidelines:

Fiction: no more than 1,000 words. Submit one piece only. 
Art: any medium. Submit one piece only. 
Poetry: any length. Submit one piece only.

 

Deadline: Sunday September 29th.

Please send your submission to talesfromtheforest.mag@gmail.com with a short bio.

We are open to work that has been printed elsewhere.

We maintain the right to publish and archive your work.

All other rights remain with the author or artist.


 

Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

Fictive Dream is open to submissions and, as always, we’re interested in short stories with a contemporary feel (500 – 2,500 words). We especially like stories that give an insight into the human condition; stories that focus on those moments that change people’s lives. They may be on any subject. They may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

See our submission guidelines here.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black
Editor

Website www.fictivedream.com
Twitter @fictivedream
Instagram fictive.dream