Teach Bhride Holistic Centre, Tullow, Co. Carlow, Ireland 3 to 5 January 2020
This residential weekend will see all participants arriving at Teach Bhride on Friday afternoon before dinner. The next two mornings will be spent writing in any genre in well lighted, quiet spaces without mobile phones.
Lectures and discussions will be held in the afternoons and evenings on the following:
Letters by Anton Chekhov & others
Paris Review/Writers at Work Interviews
Essays by Eudora Welty, Frank O’Connor and Flannery O’Connor
Hemingway’s advice on writing
Some poems on writing and creativity
Viewing of A Private World, a documentary on John McGahern
Tuition includes all meals and two nights’ accommodation, with everyone arriving before dinner on Friday, helping themselves to breakfast both mornings, and leaving before dinner on Sunday evening. This course will suit anyone interested in a quiet weekend of writing. None of what is written will be read aloud. It’s a chance to engage with the intricacies of the creative process and use your imagination.
Claire Keegan’s portrait taken in the offices of Sabine Wespieser, Publisher, Paris
Claire Keegan’s story collections include Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, translated into 17 languages, have won numerous awards. Her debut, Antarctica, was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. “These stories are among the finest stories recently written in English,” wrote the Observer. Walk the Blue Fields, her second collection, was Richard Ford’s Book of the Year in 2010, and won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the strongest collection published in the British Isles. Foster won the Davy Byrne’s Award, the then world’s richest prize for a single story. New Yorker readers chose Foster as their story of the year. It was also published in Best American Stories and is now on the school syllabus in Ireland. Keegan 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
“The best stories are so textured and so moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savoring 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
“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