Arvon at Home Masterclass: Fundamentals of Character

Zoom masterclass with A. L. Kennedy

Thursday July 2nd 2020, 11:00am BST


Your prose can be full of incident, yet still uninvolving. You may find yourself peppering sentences with adjectives and adverbs to create an impact you don’t quite reach because something is missing. Quite often that ‘something’ is a clear sense of at least one character and their point of view. When your characters are fully formed, they help drive your plot and give you emotionally involving scenes. It takes work to create them, but there’s no need to despair. We can return to all the fun we had pretending to be people and even things when we were kids. We can harness the immense creativity we display while we’re asleep, or daydreaming. We can all make characters, and putting in effort to build them can give your reader one of the greatest gifts they can receive – the magic of being someone they’re not for a while. In times like these, it really is a gift. So let’s talk about that and try out some techniques together.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (11:00am – 13:00pm) 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. If you have booked and do not receive the Zoom link within 24 hours, please email

Cost: £35

There are limited number of grants available for people on low-income. These are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please contact to apply.


"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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