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How Fiction Works: A Masterclass with Claire Keegan

How Fiction Works: A Masterclass with Claire Keegan


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How Fiction Works: A Masterclass

This masterclass is designed for anyone who reads, writes, teaches or edits fiction. It will introduce and focus on fiction as a temporal art. 

How do we go about making the incision in time? How does paragraph structure lead us from the beginning to the middle to find an inevitable ending? Discussion will include the structure of a narrative, tension, conflict, drama, point of view, place and setting. Claire Keegan will lead you through the structure of a paragraph and demonstrate how time and movement and static work – and do not work in a piece of fiction. Participants will learn how to consider and re-consider the structure of narrative. What does it mean to begin? What is tension? And how and why does tension rise and fall – or not rise at all? 

In preparation for the seminar, all participants are asked to read "The Dead" by James Joyce and Constance Garnett's translation of Chekhov's story "A Misfortune"

Whether you are a well-known author or someone with a deepening interest in reading short stories or novels doesn't matter; everyone is welcome to attend. 


Price: $50 per participant
Date: 30 Apr 2018 (Monday)
Time: 6.30pm–9.30pm
Venue: Sing Lit Station (3A Jalan Kubor, Singapore 199201)


"The best stories here are so textured and 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 lofty new terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan’s fiction work." – The New York Times, in a review of Claire Keegan's Walk the Blue Fields (2007)

Irish writer Claire Keegan's debut collection of stories, Antarctica (1999), was a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. The Observer called these stories "among the finest recently written in English". It was also awarded the William Trevor Prize by William Trevor himself.

In 2007, her second collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to critical acclaim and went on to win The Edge Hill Prize for the strongest collection published in The British Isles. Her third collection Foster (2010) won The Davy Byrnes Award, judged by Richard Ford: “Keegan is a rarity-someone I will always want to read’’.

Keegan's' stories are published by Faber, have been published in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, Best American Stories, won numerous awards – and are translated into 17 languages. She is also internationally renowned as a teacher of creative writing. 

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