Arvon at Home Masterclass: But Is This Any Good?

Zoom Masterclass with Jon McGregor

Thursday May 6th 2021, 11:00am BST


One of the big challenges of writing is understanding how to assess what you’ve written. Is it finished? Does it make sense? Does it do what I wanted it to do? Is it any good? With time and experience, you might learn to answer some of these questions for yourself, but often the best way of learning what your text is doing for a reader is to ask a reader for feedback. [Insert Jaws music here.]

In this class award-winning novelist and short story writer Jon McGregor will talk about what happens during the crucial revision and redrafting process. He will introduce some ways of thinking about what valuable and meaningful feedback is (and isn’t). You’ll learn how to ask for, and offer, feedback, how to make sure you’re getting – and giving – useful feedback, and what to do with it once you’ve got it.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) including time for you to write. You will need to have a computer or smart device and a reliable internet connection in order to participate. Bookers unable to join the live session will be able to view this Arvon Masterclass for up to two weeks after the event. You must book your place before the event starts in order to access this facility.  

As Arvon at Home events are best experienced in real time, we strongly encourage you to join the live session if you possibly can. 

As part of our wider effort to increase participation in the arts, concessionary places are available for this course.

Cost: £35 (concession: £17.50)


"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."

—Masterclass participant

"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."

—Masterclass participant

"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."

—Masterclass participant



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