Arvon at Home: Craft of Writing with Cathy Rentzenbrink and Julia Samuel

Tuesday February 2nd 2021, 7:00PM GMT

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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 two

Cathy talks to Julia Samuel, a writer and psychotherapist, to unpack the relationship between writing and therapy. Cathy will be asking Julia about whether writing about difficult experiences can be re-traumatising and asking her to share advice on how to stay mentally and physically healthy while mining the depths of the self.

“I find through writing that I discover at another level the aspects of human nature that I miss by working as a therapist. It forces me to think deeper and find words to describe processes, inchoate thoughts, and the relationship between me and my client and how we impact each other.” Julia Samuel

Julia is a leading UK psychotherapist. At St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, she established the post of psychotherapist for Paediatrics. In 2016 Julia was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to bereaved children and in 2017 Julia published Grief Works which was a Sunday Times bestseller. In March 2020 she published This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings, also a Sunday Times bestseller.

Tuesday, 2 February 7:00-8.20pm GMT

Cost: £25

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