Reading & Teaching at John o’Connor Writing School

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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

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Online: Advanced Short Story Clinic

Online: Advanced Short Story Clinic

As I put together Southword Literary Journal and begin judging the shortlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, my first ever online course goes live, run by the wonderful Writers Centre Victoria in Melbourne. Having completed 5 sold out events for them over the last couple of years we’ve decided to collaborate and create this online feedback-based course. Have a look.

Dates: 01 August 2018 – 11:59 to  07 November 2018 – 11:59

With: Paul McVeigh

Rating: Established

 

Receive direct feedback from your tutor and fellow course participants with this email correspondence course for advanced short story writers.

 

Develop your stories over four months. Whether you’re an experienced writer working towards the completion of a manuscript or looking to maintain momentum and sharpen your writing skills, this clinic provides specific feedback for the refinement of your own voice and style.

 

Participants must have had a short story published OR have already participated in a Writers Victoria Advanced Short Story Clinic to enrol in this course.

 

Stories of up to 1,500 words due Wednesdays 1 August, 5 September, 10 October and 7 November

About Paul McVeigh

Paul McVeigh’s short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies and been commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He has read his work for BBC Radio and at many international festivals. His award-winning debut novel ‘The Good Son’ was published by Salt Publishing in 2015. Paul is Director of the London Short Story Festival and Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story. He is also a judge for international short story competitions and prizes and his work has been translated into seven languages.

 

Event Fee(s)

Registration fee
Member $ 290.00
Concession Member $ 270.00
Non-Member $ 320.00
Donation $ 1.00

Teaching: ‘That Killer First Page’, Lewes. 17 March – St. Patrick’s Day

We are thrilled to have award-winning novel and short story writer Paul McVeigh join us on Saturday 17 March in Lewes for a two-hour session exploring ‘that killer first page’. Many of you will know Paul from his novel ‘The Good Son‘, from his hugely popular website sharing writing advice and opportunities, and from his work with organisations like London Short Story Festival and Word Factory.
About the Session
We will explore what goes into writing that perfect first page to keep readers (and judges, agents and editors) hooked. How can we create emotional impact? What works and what doesn’t? We’ll find out what competition judges and journal editors look for in a short story. How can we keep their attention and avoid the rejection pile? We will look at editing techniques, from how to know where to begin your story to taking it to the depths it needs. Finally, the session will also look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your work.
Note: Paul’s masterclass starts at 2pm, but we are opening the room from 1pm for anyone who would like an hour working on their first pages (or any other work) in preparation for the session.
About Paul
Paul McVeigh’s short fiction has appeared in journals, anthologies and on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5. ‘Hollow’ was shortlisted for Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2017. Paul’s short story blog, which shares writing opportunities and advice, is about to reach 2 million visits. His debut novel, The Good Son, has won 2 awards in the UK and his writing has been translated into 7 languages. He is the co-founder of London Short Story Festival, associate director at Word Factory, the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story, and he judges international short story competitions. Paul interviews short story writers such as Kevin Barry and George Saunders for The Irish Times.
Practicalities

The masterclass will be held in the Quaker Meeting House in Lewes, by the Library. Some of you will know this from our Thursday writing sessions. There is a kitchen in the room and refreshments will be available. The venue is a short 5-10 min walk from both Lewes Train Station and Bus Station. You can park for two hours in the car park behind Premier Inn, or three hours for free in Tesco (10 min walk). There are plenty of cafes and shops around if you need anything before we begin. The room has wheelchair access – let us know in advance so we can make sure the ramp is down.

Any other questions don’t hesitate to email us lewesshortstoryclub@gmail.com or visit our website www.lewesshortstory.co.ukWe look forward to seeing you there!

Date and Time: Sat 17 March. 2pm – 4pm.

Location:  The Classroom, Quaker Meeting House, 8-15 Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE, View Map

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Winner of The Polari Prize
“Pungently funny and shot through with streaks of aching sadness.” Patrick Gale
“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more.” Lisa McInerney
“Funny, raw and endlessly entertaining.” Johnathan Coe

SOLD OUT: Cork World Book Festival

I’ve made no secret about how much I love Cork. I’ve been to the Cork World Book Festival for the last 3 years (and the Cork Short Story Festival).  I’m delighted to be returning again this year to teach. Details below;

Writing Workshop with Paul McVeigh –
That Killer First Chapter
April 28th | 10am to 12pm | €30

In association with Cork World Book Festival 2018

Have an idea for a novel and don’t know where to start? Have you finished your novel and want to make sure you avoid the rejection pile?

Writer Paul McVeigh will help you write a first chapter that grabs the attention of agents, editors and readers. With lots of no-nonsense advice and practical exercises this course sold out in London with Felicity Yap’s ‘Yesterday’ selling for 6 figures just 2 weeks later.

You will learn

how to grab the attention of readers, agents & editors
what a first chapter needs
how to introduce characters and themes
how to write fiction with emotional impact
how to use dialogue to reveal character and further the plot

About Paul McVeigh

Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, ‘The Good Son’, won The Polari First Novel Prize, The McCrea Literary Award, was Brighton’s City Reads 2016 and part of the UK’s World Book Night 2017. His short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies, on BBC Radio 3,4 & 5 and ‘Hollow’ was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year 2017. He is associate director at Word Factory and co-founder of London Short Story Festival. His work has appeared on TV, on stage in London’s West End and has been translated into 7 languages.

The Good Son: Winner of The Polari Prize
World Book Night Choice 2017

‘A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.’ Donal Ryan

The Good Son 3rd Editon

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Winner of The Polari Prize
“Pungently funny and shot through with streaks of aching sadness.” Patrick Gale
“I devoured it in a day, but I’ve thought about it for many, many more.” Lisa McInerney
“Funny, raw and endlessly entertaining.” Johnathan Coe

Social Media Class, London

Paul McVeigh has become well known on social media as a go to person for other writers, and for juggling an online presence with his own work. He has over 4,000 followers on Facebook, 12,500 on Twitter and a blog that gets over 40,000 hits a month internationally – his blog is fast approaching 2 million visitors.

In this class you’ll find out how to build a social media platform, how to use that platform to help you get published, get reviewed and endorsed, access to high profile authors, and get paid work. Paul’s online presence has led to him being invited to establish the hugely successful international London Short Story Festival, become Associate Director of Word Factory the leading short story salon in the UK and being judge of prestigious literary prizes such as the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and The Dylan Thomas Prize. It has also gotten him invites to teach and read in Australia, Bali, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland and Poland and access to interview authors such as Kevin Barry, and George Saunders from The Irish Times.

Paul set up and ran social media platforms for London Short Story Festival and Word Factory.

Paul’s short stories have been published in The Stinging Fly, commissioned by anthologies in the USA & Faber UK and by BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5. He debut novel ‘The Good Son’ won two awards and was shortlisted for a further four selling stage and multiple foreign rights.

This class has sold out in Belfast London and Melbourne..

DATE & TIME: Thu, March 15, 2018. 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT

Location: Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, London, W6 9DT  View Map

Masterclass followed by A Novel Affair at the ICC at 19:00 – four novelists (Martina Evans, Paul McVeigh, Aoibheann McCann and Alan McMonagle) read from and discuss their work. Chaired by Conor Montague.

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Join Me in Athens for Flash Fiction Course

Athens – Flash Fiction with Paul McVeigh  4–8 June 2018

  • Designed for aspiring and accomplished writers alike who want to enhance their skills for writing flash fiction and short fiction
  • Participants will explore and discuss flash fiction and micro literature from a variety of authors and consider their sources of inspiration, and will also have the opportunity to experiment with voice and style
  • Workshops will centre on exercises, constructive feedback, experimentation and discussion in a supportive and friendly atmosphere

In partnership with the Kingston Writing School and Kingston University & The British Council is pleased to announce the courses that comprise our sixth annual International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens and Thessaloniki.

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The Summer School provides opportunities for writers from across the world to develop their critical and analytical skills, enhance their writing abilities, and work intensely in an inspiring and creative workshop environment with experienced writers associated with the Kingston Writing School, Kingston University, London. Among the writers and professors who have taught at the Summer School in the past are: Ed Docx, Ahren Warner, Ann Fischer Wirth, Norma Clarke, Rachel Cusk, Adam Baron, Aimee Parkinson, KJ Orr and Maurice Walsh.

This year, the Summer School offers students the opportunity to enhance their writing skills through writing fiction, flash fiction and/or poetry, and to extend their knowledge of publishing, editing and writing for the web under the supervision and guidance of highly accomplished writers and academics.

Students can choose from seven one-week courses in Athens and a one-week course in Thessaloniki. Workshops in each course will be scheduled from Monday to Friday between 18.30 and 21.00, with extra-curricular activities such as readings and tutorials taking place throughout the week.

Courses will be held in English and are suitable for writers at all levels. See here for dates and course details.