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. The woman writer grounded, her quest finished.
This workshop explores the potential of writing about all sorts of other womb experiences (infertility, endometriosis, miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, hysterectomy).
Our readings will jump around from prose to poetry, memoir to prayer.
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.
While poets are more than welcome to join, we will be workshopping prose pieces between 2000 and 3000 words. These pieces can form part of a larger work of fiction or non-fiction or be stand-alone stories or essays.
This course will run Saturday, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2021 via Zoom.
2 hour-sessions beginning at 5pm CET / 4pm GMT/ 11am EST
100 euros per person. Contact Madeline for details about applying.
On Writing Home at Irish Writers Centre
New session begins March 1st 2021
What past participants have to say:
Madeline’s course was superb. 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 reviews of my own writing revealed her high editorial skills. Added to this was a genuine personal interest in the project I was working on
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.
For Lack of a Better Word: Foreign Language in Fiction
January 2021 sessions fully booked. Begins again spring 2021
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