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Immerse yourself in the art and craft of fiction writing

GENRE: Arvon City & Fiction

In partnership with New Writing South

How much ‘action’ does a novel need? How do you create resonant short stories and vividly human characters whilst avoiding stereotypes?  How do you ‘charge’ your novel from the first page?

If you are looking for new ideas and approaches to reinvigorate your fiction writing or if you are deep in the middle of a work-in-progress, these three days are for you. Arvon is wrapping up its special ingredients and bringing them to an inspiring sea-side venue in Brighton for a long week-end of writing.

Led by acclaimed writers Alison MacLeod and Man Booker Award 2015 short-listed Sunjeev Sahota, this non-residential fiction course will help you discover the story you want to tell and bring it more fully to life on the page. You’ll experience a powerful mix of workshops, one-to-one tutorials, the support of fellow writers and plenty time and space to write.

In your one to one tutorials you will look closely at the nitty-gritty of words, explore your creative decisions so far and receive feedback on your work in progress.

In the workshops your time will be divided between groups discussions and writing through both exercises and fieldwork based ‘free writing’. You will explore the dynamics of both the short story and novel forms, discuss the importance of creating forward movement in novels, understand what are the elements that fuel and sustain narrative tension in stories and novels and learn how to draw the reader into your story from the first paragraph.

To ensure that the tutors can support you as best as they can, you will be asked to submit a sample of your work in advance (around 1000 words).

This non-residential Arvon City course runs from 10am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday.  Lunch and dinner are included. Numbers are restricted to 16 so it is recommended that you book early. The venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs.

Course fee:  £285 (lunch and dinner included).

Info / booking: 020 7324 2554 or book online

Grants for this course are available. As per all Arvon courses our choice in assigning grants is based on need and not merit; however, for Arvon Brighton we request that applicants are based in the South East of England, excluding London.

Download the grant form here and Equal Opportunities form here.

Please note all full-price tickets for this course have now sold out but you can add yourself to the waiting list; two grant-assisted places are still available. 

Grants are available to help with the course fee