Arvon at Home Masterclass: Learning to Read as a Writer

Zoom masterclass with Guy Gunaratne

Thursday April 7th 2022, 11:00 GMT


All writers were readers first, and all writing can be seen as a conversation between writers and readers past and present. What does that conversation sound like?

This masterclass will focus on developing an approach to reading fiction and non-fiction – reading hungrily, variedly, voraciously and with pleasure – using a framework for developing sensitivities that will leave writers thinking: if that is what came before, and this is what is in the air today, what could come next? Tying threads between an eclectic list of novelists, poets, and playwrights like Ali Smith, Charles Dickens, Caryl Churchill, Virginia Woolf, and James Baldwin (with asides from the likes of Terry Eagleton, George Steiner, and Margurite Duras) this will be a leap into literature that will help jumpstart a sustained practice of reading as a writer.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (11:00 – 13:00) including time for you to write. It will be recorded and available to view for up to a month after the live event.

As part of our wider effort to increase participation in the arts, half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price. 

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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