For writers who might not be able to commit to a weekly session this three-hour close-reading seminar is an excellent opportunity to explore themes of both internal and external exile in the work of four master short story writers.
Through close readings of stories by Mavis Gallant, Leila Aboulela, Joseph O’Neill, and William Trevor, we will analyze craft issues such as setting, character development, and the role of dialogue. While exploring these writers’ stories we’ll also discuss exile and its emotional use in fiction, most especially the ways “home” functions in the subconscious and interior lives of many characters.
This 3-hour intensive seminar will be held online Saturday, November 13th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm UK/Ireland
Certain Uses of Twilight: Using Accidents To Write a Better Story
Birth is so often the end of the narrative arc in what we call “women’s writing.” The turmoil of early adulthood is somehow solved with the arrival of a child. This workshop explores the potential of writing about all sorts of other womb experiences (infertility, endometriosis, miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, hysterectomy).
Over the four weeks of the course we will use the accidental and the ambiguous as a force for creativity, moving beyond more traditional ideas about arc and plot, about beginnings and ends.
Current sessions are fully booked. Please contact Madeline to apply for January 2022.
125 € per person.
On Writing Home at Irish Writers Centre
This workshop is designed for people writing about their home country while living—or having lived—far from their place of birth or the place they call home.
For one-on-one manuscript mentoring, contact Madeline here.
Reviews & Testimonials
Through focused readings of contemporary classics, Madeline Beach Carey’s “On Writing Home” provided me with a structured space to reflect on my own work. I came away from the course feeling inspired and ready to explore new creative ground.
I’ve found this course to be fabulous at stretching me and moving me forward in my own work. Madeline has a deft touch at pushing out all our boundaries and a directed response in her one-to-one feedback. Thank you so much for this unexpected gem of a course.
In a positive and encouraging environment, all contributions on the texts or on other course members’ writing were valued. The material for close reading was wide-ranging, thought-provoking and certainly evidenced the different approaches and styles that may be taken in “writing home.” Madeline’s detailed critiques of my own writing revealed her editorial skills.
“Certain Uses of Twilight” was a joy. I was introduced to new texts, concepts, and friends for our journey together. The Space Between that Madeline created was fertile with spiritual and literary growth.
This was uncharted territory for me, a workshop using “womb experiences” as its motif. It was a very positive experience. Madeline has impressive teacher/facilitator skills and we (the Zoom participants) all gained in empowerment and “care for others.” The short writing exercises were challenging and fruitful.