Arvon at Home: Narrative Non-Fiction Writing Week 

Finding your voice

Monday June 1st - Friday June 5th 2020

Online

Two of the most difficult things to master in non-fiction are voice and structure. During this week we will help you to find authentic ways to articulate your story, rooted in your commitments and experiences as much as your knowledge and research. Above all, we will help you to translate your own lived experiences into a form that will absorb, challenge and emotionally engage your readers.

We’ll help you to make ‘Arvon at Home’, turning your own place into a writing cocoon, capturing the transformative power of our acclaimed Arvon residential courses: two brilliant author-tutors at your service, a caring and sharing group, the time and space to devote to your writing, invaluable feedback, new writing pals, and the unique creative progress that happens in a dedicated week. 

You will be offered the best of a classic Arvon residential week, with a few virtual tweaks. Spot the difference: a carefully balanced combination of tips to help you focus, daily morning workshops, one-to-one tutorials with both tutors, three evening get-togethers to chat about the day’s work, a mid-week guest reading offer, the celebratory Friday-evening collective reading, and lots of time and encouragement for you to write every day. You will receive a free ticket to our Wednesday evening Live Guest Reading with Tania Hershman.

All gatherings, one-to-one or group, will be delivered via our own Arvon Zoom, so you’ll need to have a reliable internet connection. Your Arvon Centre host will be on call to offer support as you need it, including any help you may need with your computer set-up.

To participate, and to get the most out of the week, you’ll need to turn up online for all planned morning sessions, Monday to Friday. You should also set aside your afternoons for tutorials and independent writing time.  Last but not least, we urge you to read your tutors’ published work before the week starts.

Dates: Monday 1 June 5pm  — Friday 5 June 9pm
Cost: £350

If you have any questions about how the week works, or are on a low income and would like to apply for a grant to reduce the course fee please contact communications@arvon.org (grants are limited to four places).

 

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COURSE TUTORS

Monday

4pm—6pm: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. The Arvon Centre Director will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the week, support with technology if required, and sharing thoughts on how to make the most of the week. This is a chance to meet everyone, ask questions, and settle in. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise.

Tuesday

9.30am—12.30pm: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and a break.

3pm—4.30pm: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week; the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

6pm—7pm: Readings of work by Marina Benjamin and Will Atkins followed by Q&A hosted by Arvon staff.

Wednesday

The timing is similar to yesterday, but not quite the same…

9.30am—12.30pm: morning workshop

3pm—4.30pm: afternoon one-to-one tutorials

5.30pm – 6pm: informal evening get-together (optional). This is a chance to discuss the day’s work, any writing issues, what you’re drinking/eating, and anything else that springs to mind.

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7.15pm: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading— if you’d like to attend you get a free ticket to this.

Thursday

9.30am—12.30pm: morning workshop

3pm—4.30pm: afternoon one-to-one tutorials

6pm—7pm: there’ll be a group discussion on how to continue with your writing practice, the setting up of a writing group/s and general feedback.

Friday

9.30am—12.30pm: morning workshop

3pm—4.30pm: afternoon one-to-one tutorials

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7pm—9pm: Friday evening culminates with a celebratory reading where you have the chance to share some of your new writing. Expect laughter, tears and a huge sense of pride for all you have learned, written and achieved this week. There’ll be plenty of virtual hugs.

And then...

The week doesn’t stop here. You now have a writing community. Stay in touch. Share your work with each other, and take it forward.

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