Reading & Teaching at John o’Connor Writing School

I’m delighted to be attending The John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Programme on November 3. In the morning I’ll be teaching a fiction starter and in the evening I’m honoured to be sharing the stage with Paul Muldoon, poetry editor for the New Yorker, for one of his world famous literary picnics. See more info below.

Step Into Fiction Writing with Paul McVeigh

Venue: Milford House Collection, 3 Victoria Street.

Saturday 3rd November 10.00am–1.00pm.

‘Paul McVeigh lets us see the human condition through penetratingly fresh eyes. A splendid writer.’ – Pulitzer Prize- winner, Robert Olen Butler.

This class will focus on that crucial story opening, work on developing plot and character, with tips on how to keep the reader engaged.

You will discover what competition judges and journal editors look for and will have an opportunity to get advice and guidance on how best to promote and sell your work. Paul’s classes have sold out all over the UK, Melbourne, and Ireland.

And in the evening…

Muldoon’sPicnic–An ‘Omnium Gatherum’ of Words and Music

Venue: Charlemont Arms Hotel, 57-65 Upper English Street. £20/ £18 (concession).

‘A music-and-literature extravaganza’ – Time Out.
Join us for fun and frolics at Muldoon’s Picnic – making its way back to Armagh where it debuted for the first time outside of New York, in 2016.

How would you describe a poet with a house band and a selection of guest artists from the worlds of literature and music?

Paul Muldoon calls it an ‘omnium-gatherum’ – a variety show. It’s about songs, poems, stories – and fun. Join Paul and his guests for an unforgettable evening’s entertainment. Guests include fiction writers Lisa McInerney and Paul McVeigh, poets Mark Doty, Maureen Boyle and Peter Fallon; with music from Horslips.

Paul Muldoon has won numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and The Seamus Heaney Award for Arts and Letters. Born in Co. Armagh, he now lives in New York City. Muldoon is the author of twelve major collections of poetry.

Horslips are the Irish Rock legends regarded as the founding fathers of ‘Celtic Rock’. They formed in 1970 and ‘retired’ in 1980! Never! ‘As for The Táin, it most definitely, saved my life. Epic stuff. Literally.’ – John Kelly, RTE.

Peter Fallon is a prize-winning Irish poet, member of Aosdána, and publisher of The Gallery Press. He possesses a unique and unparalleled track record as an editor and assembler of books.

Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies, won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, The Blood Miracles, won the 2018 RSL Encore Award. ‘A preposterously gifted writer’ – The New Statesman.

Paul McVeigh’s The Good Son won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. His short story ‘Hollow’ was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at theIrish Book Awards 2017.

Mark Doty is a renowned author of poetry and prose. He is currently at work on a memoir that centers on his poetic relationship with Walt Whitman, entitled What Is the Grass?

Maureen Boyle’s debut poetry collection, The Work of a Winter, is published by Arlen House Press.

4 Nov, Teaching at Seamus Heaney Homeplace

Step Into Writing That Short Story

In this all-day short story workshop you’ll find out how to write that crucial opening and understand why it’s essential to the success of your story. After many examples, discussions and exercises, you’ll write an opening and get tips on staying focused on your story and how to make your sentences work for you on multiple levels.

You will also find out what competition judges and journal editors look for in a short story and how to avoid the rejection pile when you send your work out. You’ll also look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.

The course is led by Paul McVeigh, co-founder of London Short Story Festival and Associate Director at Word Factory. He is the judge of national and international short story competitions including, this year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Prize. He is the current fiction editor of Southword Literary Journal.

This class is open to writers of all levels and experience.

Workshop 15 Sunday 4 November 2018, 11:00am-5pm

Book tickets now

PaulMcVeigh short story

What makes a prize-winning short story?

I’m currently reading for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Last year, as judge of THE SEÁN Ó FAOLÁIN INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY PRIZE, I read over 800 short stories. Here’s the winning story read by the author Louise Nealon. Listen to it and see if you can figure out why I chose it.

And if you fancy submitting this year you have until July 31 (I’m judging again).

You can also join my Online Advanced Short Story Clinic here.

 

PaulMcVeigh short story

Winner of The Polari Prize & The McCrea Literary Award
Co-Founder London Short Story Festival
Associate Director at Word Factory
Judge: Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2018

Lucy Caldwell Interviews Me on Child Narrators

Lucy Caldwell and Paul McVeigh discuss The Good Son

You can take the child out of Belfast:

two writers explore the challenges and rewards of using a child narrator

I was delighted to find this interview with Lucy Caldwell in The Irish Times which I’d forgotten about. I hope you enjoy it.

Lucy recently commissioned me as part of a new Faber anthology on Irish writing ‘Being Various’. I read the story for the first time at the International Conference on the Short Story in Lisbon. Look out for that next year.

Cork World Book Festival

Buy Here

Winner of The Polari Prize & The McCrea Literary Award
“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more. ”
Bailey’s Prize-winner Lisa McInerney
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.”
Donal Ryan

Profile in the Irish Examiner

I found this profile I’d missed somehow by Sue Leonard in the Irish Examiner… and her view on The Good Son.

Tragic yet funny; sad yet redemptive; this sometimes hilarious novel encapsulates childhood in times of violence. Mickey will steal your heart.’

Cork World Book Festival

The Good Son – buy here

Winner of The Polari Prize & The McCrea Literary Award
“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more. ”
Bailey’s Prize-winner Lisa McInerney
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.”
Donal Ryan