“The first sentence of every novel should be: ‘Trust me, this will take time, but there is order here, very faint, very human.” Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion.
How does a writer create a prose text? This two-day workshop will demonstrate how to read as a writer: how to pay attention to the text, notice its architecture and form, and observe the intent and imagination of the writer at work.
Both sessions will include a focus on close reading; and a variety of textual exercises including reading aloud, writing using visual cues, and writing from observation and memory. They will also be accompanied by a variety of short extracts which will be circulated in advance.
The intention of the workshop is to open the landscapes of reading to workshop participants; and to illuminate the range of ways in which a writer designs and moulds her or his words. The result will be to enable you to further craft and develop their own writing.
About the tutor
Neil Hegarty’s debut novel Inch Levels was shortlisted for the 2017 Kerry Group Novel of the Year award, in association with Listowel Writers’ Week. His latest novel is The Jewel, which will be published in autumn 2019. Non-fiction titles include Frost: That Was The Life That Was (2015), a biography of Sir David Frost; The Secret History of Our Streets (2012), a social history of London; and The Story of Ireland (2011), which accompanies the landmark BBC-RTE television history of the same name.
His short fiction and life-writing have been published in the Stinging Fly, Tangerine, Dublin Review and other journals.