SANCHO PANZA SOCIETY LITERARY CONFERENCE
DUBLIN SUMMER WORKSHOP
Trinity College Dublin
All are welcome to apply. In 2019, we had students from 17 different universities, which included undergraduates, graduate students, and writers and aspiring writers of all ages. All genre interests (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama) are also welcome, and we’re also happy to have 2 participants per session who prefer not to submit their work, but instead simply want to enjoy the Dublin experience, and participate in the discussions and intellectual debates. The mix of writers, critics, novices, and professionals make the society what it is.
FEES & FLIGHTS
In residence at Trinity College Dublin (private rooms and full maid service) at approximately 60-65 euro a day (Trinity can also accommodate spouses or other guests of attendees)
$400 per session (2020). Most attendees will choose one of the two sessions, but people are more than welcome to sign up for both if they like. The academic fee is payable to the “Sancho Panza Literary Society”, and covers faculty expense, classroom amenities, and other miscellaneous Trinity costs.
No mandated flights. People are free to book whichever flight arrangements are most convenient.
CLASS SCHEDULE & FEATURED EXCURSIONS
10:00a - 12:30p, Each Weekday at Trinity College Dublin (hybrid between open workshop of attendee’s work, and open-forum debate of featured published works; workshopping of member submissions is the primary focus)
Featured Extracurricular Excursions (Optional)
- Attend a play at the Abbey Theatre (14 euro tickets available)
- Attend a play at the Gate Theatre (15 euro tickets available)
- Visit the Book of Kells and the Long Room Library at Trinity
- Tour the Dublin Writer’s Museum
- Trip to the Irish Sea via a short train ride to the village of Howth (train leaves right from campus and the ticket is 5 euros)
- Dublin Shakespeare Festival (on campus)
- Day Trip to Galway City, The Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher (there will be a “free day” scheduled to allow attendees to take this tour).
- Tour Grafton Street and St. Stephen’s Green (adjacent to campus)
- Tour Guinness Brewery
OVERVIEW & FEATURED READINGS
In the grandest sense, this workshop is a love letter to the grey melancholia and sublime legacy of ideas, imagination and creation of the Irish literary and political tradition. Academically, it will be both a writer’s workshop and an open forum discussion of immensely influential published Irish works (half of our in-class time will feature workshop discussion of your submissions, and half will be open debate of selected published titles, though that ratio can certainly be tweaked in either direction depending on group preference. We will of course also be exploring Dublin’s playhouses and museums, and the wild Irish landscape and seaside. .
There is, tucked away somewhere in our history, and still stored safely in the recesses of our hearts, an eternally glorious intellectual intersection where abstract contemplation, artistic creation, and real political movement merge, and it is eloquence that guides us in its direction. There is a mystical quality attached to this place—a fundamental affirmation of the fact that the natural emanations of the mind and soul are the most influential arbiters of both visceral and corporeal reality, and we will experience it in residence at the historic and beautiful Trinity College Dublin, alongside students and faculty from all over the world, and the legendary Long Room Library and Book of Kells exhibit. We think we know this mystical place in America—an experiment in blood galvanized by the strokes of so many pens—and think we believe that liberty is simply and only the harmony of idea with decision, but the watchwords of our age are now clearly pragmatism, calculation, compromise, and relativism. The latter two are concepts so embedded in our psyches and so commercially deified that we now fail to even whimper when we compromise too much, because we can’t understand what it is that we’ve lost. But know that the remedy for this (reading, writing, and breathing) is simple if you just want it, and this workshop hopes to be a forum for a discursive kind of identity in the most ideal locale for that on earth, and a real comparative look at one of the richest and most passionate literary cultures the world has ever known.
We need to look more broadly to attain a genuine and rich sense of self; breathing foreign air reminds us that the world is both bigger and smaller than we ever believed it could be. We will search for and argue about the best ideas articulated in the most beautiful fashion, and study bombastic writers such as Brendan Behan, Seamus Deane, Oscar Wilde, John Banville, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The academic argument is balanced, if not superseded, by our day to day experience—Trinity is centrally located and we can explore all of Dublin by foot. Trinity College is the real star, and we are uniquely fortunate to be in residence there, particularly at such an amazing rate.
Previously Featured Readings:
Borstal Boy, Brendan Behan
Reading in the Dark, Seamus Deane