Arvon at Home Masterclass: Putting Nature on the Page

Zoom masterclass with Andrew Michael Hurley

Thursday June 3rd 2021, 11:00 am BST


In response to our growing anxieties about the environment, the last decade or so has seen an increased interest in writing which explores our relationship with the natural world. ‘Nature writing’ and ‘folk horror’, for example, have developed symbiotically, expressing our fascination with place. And now during the pandemic, when so many of us have sought and found solace in the woods, fields, moors and edgelands close to home, we see the importance and fragility of these natural spaces even more acutely.

In this masterclass we will consider our own connections to place, looking at how we might use our experiences of the natural world to give the settings in our fiction all the rich complexities of a human character.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (11 am – 1 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. Bookers unable to join the live session will be able to view this Arvon Masterclass up to two weeks after the event. You must book your place before the event starts in order to access this facility.

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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