Workshop: Postcard Stories with Jan Carson
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Jan Carson is an award-winning writer and master of flash fiction. Using examples from her 2017 collection Postcard Stories, she will teach you the art of writing and editing a truly memorable ‘short short’ story: how to condense your thoughts, make use of your time, and experiment with form and language.
Jan Carson is a writer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published by Liberties Press in 2014, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children, in 2016. Her short story ‘Settling’ was included in the anthology The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland (New Island, 2016), which won the BGEIBA Irish Book of the Year Award in 2016. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and published in journals including Storm Cellar, Banshee, Harper’s Bazaar and The Honest Ulsterman. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary. Website
Each day of 2015 Jan Carson wrote a short story on the back of a postcard and mailed it to a friend. Each of these tiny stories was inspired by an event, an overheard conversation, a piece of art or just a fleeting glance of something worth thinking about further.
Collected in one volume, Carson’s postcards present a panoramic view of contemporary Belfast — its coffee shops, streets and museums and airports — and offer it to the wider world. Even as they seem to spring from a writer’s solitary perspective, taken together, these observations and their distribution speak of human connectedness. Like a pleasant surprise in the mail, this collection reminds us how many friendships are born and strengthened in a story shared. Read more
‘The sound of words matters just as much as what they mean’ – Jan Carson, Irish Times
‘Jan Carson interview: girl from the north country’ – (Irish Times, 2016)
‘But using memory as a starting point for writing a poem, or creating a piece of art, gives value to the past, and shows how it can affect the present.’ – Jan Carson, Voices Magazine
‘Losing memory is like misplacing the rule book’ – (Voices Magazine, 2018)
‘By writing about sights observed and snippets of conversations overheard in places like the Albertbridge Road and even the Bethany chip shop in east Belfast where she now lives, the publishers gave the collection a distinct sense of place.’ – Lee Henry, Belfast Telegraph
‘Author Jan Carson’s life has been full of novel twists’ – (Belfast Telegraph, 2017)
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