Arvon at Home: Workshop with Michael Donkor

Dazzling Descriptions

Tuesday February 23rd 2021, 11:00AM GMT


Dazzling Descriptions

(recommended age: 14-16)

It’s fair to say 2020 probably wasn’t the year any of us expected. As we dust ourselves off, with new working environments and home arrangements springing up around us, we find ourselves navigating a world that feels familiar yet also markedly different. The impact of these changes seems to be especially acute for young people, and our new Arvon at Home Workshops for Children and Young People are designed with this in mind. They offer online opportunities for creativity and self-expression, outside the curriculum, for young people aged 8 upwards, whether from their own home or in a school classroom, under the guidance of expert tutors in poetry and prose.

Join novelist Michael Donkor for an hour-long workshop where we’ll think about how to make the descriptive elements of your writing sing and shine and really bring the sensory features of the world you’re creating to life. Through surprising exercises, we’ll explore description on both the small and large scale. We’ll also consider what we’re actually doing when we weave similes and metaphors into our prose and think about how some of the best writers use description to bring dynamism and energy to their plots.

Michael Donkor is the author of novel Hold, longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. He has written for the Guardian, the Telegraph, BBC Radio 3, the TLS and the LARB.

Date: 11:00am-12.00pm, Tuesday 23rd February

Cost: £3

As part of an ongoing effort to make these workshops as accessible as possible, concessions are available – just get in touch. In addition, if you are a teacher and would like to claim your free place please contact Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole at with the following information:

  • The name of your school
  • Approximate number of students taking part from home and from the classroom
  • Which workshop(s) you would like to attend




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