Arvon at Home: Craft of Writing with Cathy Rentzenbrink and Francesca Main

Tuesday February 16th 2021, 7:00PM GMT


Arvon’s Craft of Writing sessions are invigorating deep dives into the creative processes of some of the finest writers at work today. Over the course of 80 minutes, they engage in expansive conversations about different facets of their craft: how they get their ideas; how they develop characters or build stories; or, more simply, how they make sentences. Each live session includes two audience Q&As.

We asked bestselling memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink to curate a trio of sessions to shed light on her own practice, the wider craft of writing and the publishing process. Each of these sessions is self-contained but they build to form a compelling series. Booking for all three sessions is advised!

Cathy says: ‘I love to think and talk about the craft of writing and I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring three of my most inspiring conversation partners on to the virtual stage with me. I know these sessions will be engaging, stimulating, and practical, and will leave everyone – including me – excited about taking the lessons back to their work-in-progress as soon as they can.’

Part three

Cathy talks to Francesca Main, her own editor, about the importance of the editorial relationship. They will be covering the emotional elements and some enjoyably nerdy nuts and bolts stuff about structure. Francesca will also talk about what she looks for in a submission.

Francesca says: ‘At its best, editorial collaboration is a richly rewarding, illuminating and stimulating experience for both editor and writer, and I’m privileged to have enjoyed all this and more through working closely with Cathy. I really look forward to sharing our thoughts and ideas in this session and to lifting the lid on the editing process.’

Francesca Main is the publisher of Phoenix. Authors she has edited and published include Jessie Burton, Adam Kay, AJ Pearce, Naomi Wood and Cathy Rentzenbrink. She previously worked at Picador, S&S and Hamish Hamilton/Penguin and won the British Book Award for Editor of the Year in 2015.

Tuesday, 16 February 7:00-8.20pm GMT

Cost: £25




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