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Essays, Life-Writing and Memoir with Sinéad Gleeson

Monday 15 to Friday 19 July 2019

5 days

9:30 am

12:30 pm

Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí


Sinéad Gleeson explores the art of the essay, past and present, focusing on the skills required for life-writing and first-person non-fiction.
Sinéad Gleeson ©Bríd O Donovan

There are many ways to tell a story, and the essay is one of the most elastic forms in contemporary writing. Many of literature’s most daring writers of the self have used auto-fiction, memoir and personal essays to write about their lives and the world, from James Baldwin and Joan Didion, to John Jeremiah Sullivan and Maggie Nelson.

This workshop will discuss how to put ideas into practice, beginnings and structure, making the personal universal and learning how to extract the key elements of your own story.

Sinéad Gleeson

Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse, Banshee and Elsewhere Journal. In 2019 her debut essay collection, Constellations is published by Picador (April); she has a short story in Being Various: New Irish Writing (Faber, May...

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Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí

Bantry Community College “In partnership, through a comprehensive curriculum, we aim to provide quality teaching and learning in the pursuit of excellence, to promote intellectual, spiritual and personal development in...

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