Narrative Empathy: Creating Complex Characters in Our Fiction
"Art is the nearest thing to life; it is a mode of amplifying experience and extending our contact with our fellow-men beyond the bounds of our personal lot." George Eliot
We are all complex characters, but our day-to-day interactions often prevent us from saying and acting how we truly feel. The complexity of human nature can be illuminated and explored in our writing. It can be difficult to access and understand certain parts of our behavior and personality. This can make writing about them very challenging.
This workshop will focus on how we can develop a fluency at listening to voices that are not our own and how this benefits our self-listening skills. We will consider the elastic, destructive and transformative nature of human character. This course will be beneficial for fiction writers and non-fiction writers of all genres, particularly writers interested in commencing work on difficult subject matter.
Retreat Dates and Registration
Arrival: 25th July 2020
Departure: 1st August 2020
Booking & Information
Sarah Byrne was born in Co. Cork and has lived in the U.K. and Germany. She studied psychology, criminology, German literature, forensic medicine and creative writing. She worked for ten years in psychiatric and criminal justice settings. She is the founding editor of The Well Review and has published work by leading voices in Irish and international literature such as Anne Carson, Ishion Hutchinson, Sinead Morrissey, Paul Muldoon and Matthew Sweeney.
Her own work has been published in The Irish Times, The New Statesman and elsewhere. Sarah has taught creative writing workshops in prisons, hospitals, universities and high schools in Ireland and England for the past five years. She is currently completing a PhD in Medical Humanities at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. Her research focuses on empathy and sorrow in contemporary fiction.