31 May – 2 June, Listowel Writers Week, Ireland

I’ll be teaching a three day short story course next May. Here’s a little more about it…

Workshop Theme:

Find out how to write ‘That Killer First Page’ and get the attention of editors and competition judges.  Get feedback on your writing of that crucial opening and explore how to write complex and engaging short stories.  You’ll also take a detailed look at using dialogue to further action and reveal character and the power of emotion to hook the reader.

You can pop over to their website to find out what else is on and book tickets.

Listowel

 

 

Sold Out – Nov 2, Singapore Writing Workshop

WRITING WORKSHOP WITH PAUL McVEIGH

 

I’m very excited to be teaching this workshop, hosted by The Singapore Writers’ Group, just before my appearance at the Singapore Writers Festival.

At the moment 12 of the 25 spaces have already been filled before any promotion – so grab your tickets quick!

Here’s the blurb…

That Killer First Page

You’ll find out what competition judges and journal editors look for in a short story and how to avoid the rejection pile. In a form where every word counts, get tips on where to start your story and how to keep the reader glued to the page. You’ll also look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.

Focus:

How to get the attention of competition judges and editors
Writing fiction with emotional impact
Writing that killer first page
How to edit your story
Where to send your work

Paul McVeigh’s short fiction has appeared in journals, anthologies and on BBC Radio 3,4 & 5. Paul’s short story blog which shares writing opportunities and advice is about to reach 2 million visits. His debut novel has won 2 awards in the UK. 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 like Cate Kennedy and George Saunders for The Irish Times and has represented the short story form for the British Council in Mexico and Turkey.

Reviews for Paul’s writing:

“A work of genius.” Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer Robert Olen Butler.

“A wildly important new talent.” Laura van den Berg.

“One of Ireland’s most exciting and talented writers.” BBC Radio 4
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Extra Date in Melbourne Added

What Every Debut Novelist Needs to Know

Prepare for your upcoming publication and give your debut the best chance for success.
In this workshop, you’ll discuss how to keep momentum going once your book is out in the world. This talk will give you the key do’s and don’ts from a master communicator and award winning novelist.
You will learn
how to make that debut stand out
how to plan ahead for the day they get that book contract
how to prepare for publication day and
how to kickstart new interest in your novel

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 he is the 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.
This workshop is made possible with the generous assistance of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Cancellation Policy
Venue:

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Date: 20 November 2017 – 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Rating: Emerging

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
“A triumph of storytelling. An absolute gem.” Donal Ryan

 

Melbourne Here I Come!

I’m excited to be returning to Australia in November. I’m teaching two classes at Writers Victoria, Australia.

‘That Killer First Chapter’ – all day workshop on Sunday Nov 19th

&

‘Everything a Debut Novelist Needs to Know’ – an evening talk on Monday Nov 20th.

The last time I visited the Writers Centre Melbourne my class sold out in 30 mins – the fastest in their 10 year history.

I hope to visit my good friend, Australian author Cate Kennedy, while I’m there and maybe visit Adelaide or Perth. I’ll keep you posted on any new details.

Hope to see some of you there…  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

 

 

 

 

Teaching: Cork World Book Festival April 21

Turning a short story into a novel.

In association with Cork World Book Fest 2017

Triskel Project Space

€50 per person. Spaces limited. 11am to 4pm
Have you a short story that is crying out to be a novel?

Paul McVeigh developed one of his short stories into his award-winning debut novel ‘The Good Son’. He will share his process and give lots of feedback on your ideas.

Come prepared to work hard.

I hope to see some of you there.

Cork World Book Festival

25/26 Nov, Shrewsbury Literature Festival

I’m looking forward to the first Shrewsbury Literature Festival. On the Friday 25th November I’ll be interviewing Jonathan Coe about his new novel Number 11 in the festival’s first ever event. Here’s the info…

“Jonathan Coe is SFL’s first Patron and we are delighted that he will be with us over the Festival weekend. He is the author of numerous novels, including “What a Carve Up!”,The Rotters’ Club” and the Shropshire-based “The Rain before It Falls“.

Jonathan was born in Birmingham and spent many happy childhood holidays in Shropshire. He tells us that he is looking forward to returning to Shrewsbury for the festival in November.

Jonathan’s latest novel is “Number 11” and he will be discussing this book and many other things with the writer, Paul McVeigh, in our very first event!”

On Saturday 26th November I’ll be running a writing workshop and then reading from and talking about The Good Son at 5pm.

I hope to see some of you there.

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 The Good Son:Currently Shortlisted for The Polari Prize
Appearances: Kildare Readers Festival with Lisa McInerney, Oct 15
Wivenhoe Bookshop with AL Kennedy, Oct 29
Outburst Festival Belfast, Nov 14
German Tour: Olpe, Nov 15/Munich, Nov 16/Regendburg, Nov 17/Hamburg, Nov 18
Shrewsbury Literature Festival: Nov 25/26

 

 

 

National Flash-Fiction Day: Writing Workshop

National Flash-Fiction Day: Writing Workshop

Do you like your fiction short? Then flash-fiction is for you.
Writer Paul McVeigh will lead a class in celebration of the flash-fiction form. Come along and hear some great examples and try writing one yourself.

7 – 9 pm, Tuesday 28th June
Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts
cnr Antrim Rd and Duncairn Ave
Belfast BT14 6BP

This workshop is free but booking is essential as places are limited.
Please phone the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts on 028 9074 7114 or email: marnie.kennedy@sky.com

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