Creative Non-Fiction @ the Irish Writers’ Centre, Spring 2017.

Creative non-fiction is a true story, well told. The key is learning how to persuade readers that what interests you should also interest them. Using field notes and exercises, you will explore the ideas that underpin the desire to write, focus on the skills needed to bring the text alive, and discuss what publishing opportunities exist for your work. Participants will share and discuss their own works-in-progress, and will be encouraged to try out fresh approaches during the course.

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2 thoughts on “Creative Non-Fiction @ the Irish Writers’ Centre, Spring 2017.

  1. Dear Selina This sounds a really interesting course. But am I correct in thinking it is finished since the early part 2017? Are you considering running it again? Many thanks, Rose Ryan I hope all in the Beautiful House are well, just back from holidays and brought old copy of the Crocodile to read….in Scotland! Bliss!

  2. Dear Rose,

    Apologies – I was updating my website yesterday and was slow to realise that archived articles were being republished as fresh content. As it happens, I’m teaching for the Irish Writers’ Centre again this autumn and will be offering an 8 week course on memoir, starting in October. The IWC should be posting the catalogue of courses in the coming few weeks but the course description is here:

    Memoir with SELINA GUINNESS
    THURS 12 OCT • 6.30PM – 8.30PM • 8 WEEKS • €220/€200 MEMBERS
    A memoir offers an account of personal history less tethered to the chronology of a life than autobiography. A memoir can also describe an extended reflection on a particular topic or period from a personal perspective such as Olivia Laing’s essays on contemporary art in The Lonely City, or Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk. A memoir can follow a conventional narrative arc or take shape in verse and snippets; it can offer snapshots, or a deep excavation, of the past. This series of workshops will explore what shape might naturally fit your experience and literary ambition working with the material you share. This course is best suited to participants who have already started to write in this form, are prepared to read widely, and who have work to present for peer and facilitator feedback in session.

    Selina Guinness is a lecturer in English at IADT, Dun Laoghaire and an experienced facilitator of creative writing. Her memoir, The Crocodile by the Door, was shortlisted for the UK Costa Book Awards (2012), and the BGE Irish Book Awards (2012). She publishes creative non-fiction and reviews in The Dublin Review, The Irish Times, and elsewhere.

    Many thanks for your interest and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your holiday in Scotland.

    Best wishes,

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