Arvon at Home Masterclass: Commercial Fiction and The Publishing Process

Zoom masterclass with Darcy Nicholson

Thursday September 16th 2021, 11:00 BST


What is commercial fiction? Simply put, it is anything intended to be read by lots of people; including many, many authors from Stephen King to Marian Keyes; from Val McDermid to Stephanie Meyer; or Agatha Christie to EL James. If you are writing (or would like to start writing) books that grab a broad swathe of readers’ attention and keep them turning pages long into the night then you, too are dealing with commercial fiction. Through a series of exercises and talks, editorial director of Sphere (part of the Little, Brown book group) Darcy Nicholson will bring years of experience to demystify the publishing process and help you progress your writing journey.

You do not need to have started writing to attend this masterclass – all you need is an interest in writing a book that’ll keep audiences hooked (and push book clubs into a fourth bottle of wine).

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (11:00 – 13:00) 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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