Irish writer Claire Keegan at Feathered Ink in Winter Harbor, Maine, USA September 4-7, 2020.
PLEASE NOTE: The 2019 Class has been postponed until this class in September of 2020.
This class is open to any and all writers.
All fees are payable directly to Ms. Keegan.
Beginnings, Middles, Endings
The Structure of a Narrative with Claire Keegan
Feathered Ink Winter Harbor, Maine, USA. September 4-7, 2020
Claire Keegan, internationally acclaimed author and fiction-writing teacher, will direct this, her most popular fiction writing course, using a novel and two short stories, and a film to demonstrate and explore the mechanics of fiction writing and narrative structure.
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. “The Displaced Person” by Flannery O’Connor
3. “A Small, Good Thing” by Raymond Carver
4. We will also refer to Martin Scorsese’s film "Taxi Driver".
How do stories begin? How and why does an author make an incision in time and build tension? How is a reader drawn into a narrative? We will also explore the much-neglected middle; the trunk of the story, its denouement and turning points. And ask if endings are natural:why do stories need to end, to find a place of rest? The discussion around endings will focus on falling action, emotional consequences and inevitability. Participants will also examine the differences between the short story and the novel.
This week will be of particular interest to those who write, teach, read or edit fiction -- but anyone with an interest in how fiction or reading works is welcome to attend.
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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. Walk the Blue Fields, her second collection, was Richard Ford’s Book of the Year in 2010, and won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded by Hilary Mantel. Foster won the Davy Byrne’s Award, then the world’s richest prize for a single story. It is now on the school syllabus in Ireland. Of Antarctica, The Observer said, “these stories are among the finest stories recently written in English.” Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the strongest collection published in the British Isles. Foster was elected by readers as the best story published that year in The New Yorker and was then published in Best American Stories. Keegan also has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction, having taught workshops on four continents.
Reviews for Claire Keegan's Work
“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
Submissions for our next residencies will open in January of 2020. Stay Tuned!
Fall Workshop Schedule Coming Soon!
Do you have a group of writers or artists that like to get together to create or workshop?
Do you dream of having time to yourself to be inspired and work away from the distractions of the rest of the world?
For a modest nightly fee, (2 night minimum please), you can rent the cottage during times when no retreats are being held!
The cottage sleeps up to eight and offers all the space and amenities you could desire to make your stay productive and comfortable.
The cost of your visit goes to benefit the programs and retreats offered by Feathered Ink as we strive to support and promote the diverse community of women writers worldwide.
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