This two-part day on creative non-fiction will focus on what leading editors are looking for and how to do justice to your own work. The morning session will consist of a panel discussion where Chris Agee (editor, Irish Pages) and Mark O’Connell (writer, Slate, The New Yorker and others) will discuss their respective experiences in the industry with Claire Hennessy (author, co-editor, Banshee). The afternoon session will allow for writers to have a unique one-to-one consultation (15 minutes) with Susan Tomaselli (editor, gorse), Chris or Mark where they can bring along some sample material and receive constructive criticism on their work.
Please note: Places are limited for both sessions and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Claire Hennessy is a writer, editor, book reviewer, and creative writing teacher based in Dublin, Ireland. Her most recent YA novel, Nothing Tastes As Good, was published in summer 2016 and her next YA title, Like Other Girls, will be published in summer 2017. Claire is a co-director and co-founder of the Big Smoke Writing Factory, co-founder and co-editor of Banshee, and Puffin Ireland editor at Penguin Random House.
Christopher Agee is a poet, essayist and editor living in Ireland. In 2002, he founded Irish Pages which has been described as “a wonderful achievement” (Michael Longley); “an important event in the history of Northern Ireland” (Hilary Wakeman); “a major development in Irish literature” (John F. Deane); and “the most important cultural journal in Ireland at the present moment” (Jonathan Allison).
Mark O’Connell is a journalist and essayist, and a books columnist for Slate. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Dublin Review, and The New Yorker online.
Susan Tomaselli is founder and editor of gorse journal. She is former co-editor of 3:AM Magazine and editor at 3:AM Press. She has written for the Guardian, the Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, Bookmunch, CultureNI, and contributed to Little Black Book of Books (Cassell 2007) and The Beat Anthology (Blackheath Books 2010).