Last minute places: 2 Day Workshop, Writing From Life, Irish Writers’ Centre


I will be in the Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square, for the next two Saturdays (1/3/14 & 8/3/14), conducting a masterclass on ‘Writing from Life’.  This two-day workshop is designed for those who have started writing a memoir or a personal essay or who keep a blog or who are interested in writing their own columns.  We will be working on how you discover the centre of your own story, exploring the ethics of writing the lives of others, and how to discover your own style in the redrafting process.  We’ll be discussing the work of other non-fiction writers and trying to identify the pleasures as well as the challenges of the process.  These are days for the under-confident, the over-ambitious, and the person who has already found their own groove and just wants to push their own writing further.

Here’s more information:

SAT 1ST MAR + SAT 8TH MAR Writing from Life with Selina Guinness
10.30AM – 4.30PM

€150/€135 MEMBERS

This course invites participants who have already started writing a memoir or nonfiction essays. It starts from the premise that many key elements of narrative fiction equally apply to writing non-fiction: creating a point-of-view, controlling the pace of disclosure, finding strong characters in vivid and credible settings. We will also consider the ethical and political questions raised by writing from life. Participants should come to the workshop with works-in-progress ready for development. Selina Guinness’s memoir, The Crocodile by the Door, was shortlisted in the Biography section for the Costa Book Awards 2012 and in the Best Newcomer category for the Bord Gais Irish Energy Book Awards 2012.



This Weekend! Kate O’Brien Literary Weekend, Limerick.

Kate O’Brien Literary Weekend, Limerick.


I’ve always enjoyed teaching Kate O’Brien’s The Land of Spices to students who are often taken aback by the novel’s freshness and its daring.

It therefore gives me particular pleasure to be included among the readers this Saturday 22nd February at the Belltable Theatre (4.15 pm) for the Kate O’Brien Literary Weekend, Limerick.  I’m looking forward to hearing Michael Frayn, Claire Tomalin, Frank McGuinness, and Anne Enright read from, and discuss, their own work.

Further details can be found here: