Marie Gethins has been in a writers’ group with Danielle McLaughlin for four years. She reveals its methods and secrets: ‘a stellar combination of brutal honesty and kindness’
It began with worms.
In the spring of 2011 I joined Lory Manrique-Hyland’s writing workshop held at the Munster Literature Centre. Over the following weeks I was impressed by the standard and diversity of pieces we workshopped, but one stood out. It featured worms. Yes, dead ones, but live ones as well. Their lifecycle skilfully underscored the dynamics between human characters, made a betrayal story fresh. The author was Danielle McLaughlin.