Arvon at Home Masterclass: The Art of Research

Zoom masterclass with Marina Benjamin

Tuesday April 20th 2021, 7:00pm BST


When you write non-fiction you become an expert. But how do you begin to research your subject? Where do you look? And where does your story sit within what you unearth?

This workshop from Marina Benjamin, an experienced Arvon tutor and author of five books of non-fiction and memoir, looks at how to balance the facts with the narrative, and how to weigh what you know against how you then shape it. Empirical research adds depth and plausibility, texture and context: sometimes it can even become the story.

Marina will draw upon her own experience using everything from archives and libraries to travel and interviews, offering tips on when take notes and when to record, how to map out a path based on your findings, and most important of all, knowing when to deviate from it.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (7:00 pm – 9:00  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. Bookers unable to join the live session will be able to view this Arvon Masterclass for up to two weeks after the event. You must book your place before the event starts in order to access this facility.

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.

Cost: £35


"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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