Arvon at Home: Craft of Writing with Cathy Rentzenbrink and Kit de Waal

Tuesday January 19th 2021, 7:00PM GMT

Online

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 one

Cathy talks to Kit de Waal, a writer who inspires her, about their different approaches to getting the work down and how they plan – or don’t. Expect lots of practical suggestions and to be enthused and invigorated by Kit’s rigour and application.

‘I’ve always approached the craft writing like any other artistic endeavour; I expect to start off rubbish and through trial and error improve and become an expert. I’m really organised and tough on myself but also play to my strengths. Look forward to sharing my approach with you.’ Kit De Waal

Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the 60’s and 70’s. Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Her second novel, The Trick to Time, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and her young adult novel Becoming Dinah is shortlisted for the Carnegie CLIP Award 2020. She also crowdfunded and edited an anthology of working class memoir, Common People, which was published in 2018.

Tuesday, 19 January 7:00-8.20pm GMT

Cost: £25

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