Arvon at Home Masterclass: Character, Self & Other: Writing Beyond Our Own Experience

Zoom masterclass with Marcus Youssef

Tuesday July 20th 2021, 19:00 BST


Tutored by multi-award-winning Canadian playwright Marcus Youssef, this masterclass will investigate the relationship between ‘self’ and ‘other’ in the writing we do, exploring the relationship between writing about ourselves and writing about the experiences of those who are not us. In this frightening, exciting, fascinating time, writers are being increasingly called upon to assume a new kind of responsibility for the stories they tell, the characters they draw, and the representations they make. But what is an ‘other’? Who are the ‘others’ that live inside each of us? What do the stories our cultures tell about those it considers ‘other’ tell us about ourselves? We will examine the great, impulsive pleasures of wrestling with experiences that may not be our own, while also identifying the serious social and political responsibilities that accompany our attempts to do so.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (7pm – 9pm) 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. This is a live event only and it will not be recorded.

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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