Arvon at Home Masterclass: How to Start a Novel

Zoom masterclass with Lesley Glaister

Thursday April 29th 2021, 11:00 GMT


In this session we’ll be looking at how a novel opens, from both the writer’s and the reader’s points of view. We’ll examine the techniques by which accomplished writers draw us over the threshold into their story-worlds; experiment with practical writing exercises; consider how much is decided in the crucial opening paragraphs, and think about the process of growing a novel from the first seeds of inspiration. This course is tutored by Lesley Glaister, a prize-winning author of sixteen novels, most recently Little Egypt and Blasted Things.

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. 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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