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Using (Contemporary) Novels and Short Stories in the Classroom

Venue: Klubschule Migros, Industriestrasse 15B, 6300 Zug (3 minutes from the railway station)

Date: 23 - 24 November 2017

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (3 p.m. on Friday)

   Fee: CHF 350.- (SATE members CHF 330.-). 

Deploying a mix of theory, group work and classroom discussion, this two-day workshop/seminar will steer participants through the use of the novel and short story in the classroom. In particular, we will look at the contemporary novel and short story as social commentary, explore the benefits of the young narrator in a fictional setting, and examine fiction's use of humour and skewed voices. We will reference and examine extracts from Irish author Alan McMonagle's debut novel, Ithaca; stories from his collections, Psychotic Episodes and Liar, Liar; and also passages from selected other texts. 

Alan McMonagle has published two collections of short stories, Liar Liar  (Wordsonthestreet, 2008) and Psychotic Episodes (Arlen House, 2013), both of which were nominated for the Frank O'Connor Award. In 2014, his radio play, Oscar Night, was produced and broadcast as part of Irish national radio's Drama on One season. His stories have appeared in many journals in Ireland and North America, and he is also a contributor to the anthology Young Irelanders (ed. Dave Lordan, New Island, 2015). In November 2015, he signed a two-book deal with Picador, and in March 2017, Ithaca, his debut novel was published and immediately nominated for the Desmond Elliott Award for first novels. He holds an MA in Writing from the National University of Ireland, Galway where he currently lives. 


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Participants are asked to find their own accommodation. We suggest the Hotel Zugertor ( in Zug or the Hotel Lorze in Cham (

There will be an optional communal evening meal on Thursday night. Details will be sent to participants in due time.


SATE is offering financial backing to Swiss grammar schools for activities organised at these schools which aim to promote the English language and the cultures of the English-speaking world among its students.

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Click here to read about a theatre project at KZU Büach supported by SATE.

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