Writer-in-Residence, Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown, 2015 – 2016

Shuttered View
Shuttered View

I’m thrilled to have been appointed the new writer-in-residence for Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown County Council.  For the next year, I’ll be based on the 5th floor of the shiny new Lexicon library building, overlooking Scotsman’s Bay.

Joyce’s omphalos squats on the horizon so whenever I look up from the desk at the sparkling water, it’ll serve as a rebuke to get back to the work in hand: a novel, set between Ireland and Budapest, if I can banish Mr. Virag’s ghost.

View from the Office

During the residency, I will be initiating a new platform for workshops and events called, “The Pale Project”. The idea is to focus attention on the hidden issues of inclusion and exclusion we stumble against or around in the territories we inhabit daily, by drawing on that loaded term, ‘The Pale’. From late September, I’ll be asking participants to walk, map, catalogue, photograph, play in, research, investigate, draw, encounter, explore their chosen territories before we turn to writing up a sense of place in a variety of forms early next year.

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South from the 40 Foot

Further details of this project and all events connected with the residency will be posted on The Pale Project or you can follow the project on twitter @thepaleproject. Or contact me at  dlrcocowriter@gmail.com

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:

http://www.writerscentre.ie/html/courses/weeklyindex.html

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.

TWO DAYS

 

Spring non-fiction course at the Irish Writer’s Centre: ‘Writing from Life’

The Irish Writers’ Centre at Parnell Square have invited me to lead a two-day course, called ‘Writing from Life,’ next spring. I will be sending out a short reading list in January to those interested in participating.  I know how hard it is to get your fresh print in all its smudgy, trembling, first glory to enter a room and claim its reader without apology. Further details below.

http://www.irishwriterscentre.ie/IWC%20Spring%20Programme%20Web%20(Spreads).pdf

Writing from Life with Selina Guinness

Sat 1st Mar + Sat 8th Mar • 10.30AM – 4.30pM • 2 days • €150/€135 Members

This course invites participants who have already started writing a memoir or non-fiction 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.