Arvon at Home Masterclass: The craft of character-driven fiction

Zoom masterclass with Claire Messud

Tuesday December 8th 2020, 19:00 pm GMT


We are delighted that the celebrated American writer, Claire Messud, described by The New York Times as ‘a novelist of unnerving talent’ will be teaching her first-ever Arvon masterclass – on character.

When you understand who your characters are, other elements fall into place. Edith Wharton wrote that people are like great estates, and we know only that portion of them which abuts our own. But from that portion – the external, or peripheral – we infer or project a great deal. In this masterclass we will explore how the words that comprise fiction carry with them much below the surface that remains implied but unarticulated, and how this necessitates, on the part of the author, a strong sense of what lies beneath.

The masterclass will be delivered via Zoom and will last two hours (19:00pm – 21:00pm) 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.

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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