Fiction - Week 1Date: 18-23 June COURSE DESCRIPTION Oona Frawley invites you: My course offers writers of fiction the opportunity to spend an intensive period on their work, with the goal of either creating a new piece or advancing one in progress. The workshop will be responsive to your particular goals and experience, and aims to help you to learn to edit and polish your work.
This workshop offers you a wonderful opportunity if you are compelled to write in the margins of a busy life: it offers you time. Having a block of time set aside for writing, reading, and exploring your own and others’ work will help you to establish achievable goals, and to continue to develop your writing skills after the week is completed.
Each morning we will have a two-hour workshop beginning with discussion, writing prompts and writing exercises designed to enhance your observational skills as writers, taking inspiration from our location and learning how to incorporate the spirit of place into work. We will also look at examples of short fiction relevant to the group’s interests.
Each day will conclude with the presentation and discussion of individual students’ work. I am happy to arrange one-to- one meetings with each student as well.
Depending on the group dynamic and students' interests, we can also arrange afternoon meet- ups or walks to locations for situational writing, since I am drawn to work that is attentive to place and the senses.
I am keen to see, in your applications for the course, an ability to establish character through the creation of a mood or an atmosphere. Fiction that plays on the borders of memoir is also welcome.