WITH SEAN O’REILLY
VENUE Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square
TIME 10.30am -1.30pm
TICKET COST€30/€25 IWC members
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE IRISH WRITERS CENTRE
‘The house of fiction has many windows, but only two or three doors,’ – James Woods. The choice of narrative point of view is probably the biggest decision a writer will face when composing a story. Narration is concerned with the weight and significance given to the character’s consciousness in the story, the relationship between their outer and inner life. In this masterclass, we will try to look more closely into these narrative decisions in short fiction; when a story needs to be told in the first person for example, or the difference between an up-close third person narration and a playful omniscience, or why a writer might choose to stay entirely on the surface of a character, keeping silent about their interior world, whatever that may be. Sean O’Reilly is the author of Curfew and Other Stories (Faber & Faber), the novels Love and Sleep (Carroll & Graf) and The Swing of Things (Faber & Faber), and the experimental novella, Watermark (The Stinging Fly Press). His latest novel Levitation is composed of ten short stories and was published by Stinging Fly Press in September 2017. He is a contributing editor to The Stinging Fly magazine and teaches creative writing at the American College, Dublin.
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