Arvon at Home Writing Day: Life Writing – Work in Progress

Excavating the self

Saturday January 22nd 2022, 9:45am GMT


Do you have a life writing project that needs attention? Join bestselling writer Cathy Rentzenbrink for an intensive ‘Arvon in a day’ course focusing on memoir and writing from life.

Our Online Writing Days are aimed at writers who already have a work in progress, or a current working practice and who would like a boost to get themselves propelled forward or back on track.

The day will include two workshops with Cathy which will be designed to generate new work as well as to reinvigorate your current project, followed by a session from guest speaker Kit de Waal and an hour-long Q&A session at the end of the day when you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your own work.

The first workshop will focus on ‘excavating the self’ and the second will look at building a toolkit of techniques for life writing. Cathy will be joined by guest Kit de Waal to discuss her experiences of writing from life, including their different approaches to getting the work down and how they plan – or don’t. Expect lots of practical suggestions and to be enthused and invigorated by Kit’s rigour and application. The day will end with a surgery session to address specific questions and challenges.

‘I love to think and talk about the craft of writing. I know these sessions will be engaging, stimulating, and practical, and will leave everyone – including me – excited about taking the lessons back to their work-in-progress as soon as they can.’ – Cathy Rentzenbrink

‘I’ve always approached the craft writing like any other artistic endeavour; I expect to start off rubbish and through trial and error improve and become an expert. I’m really organised and tough on myself but also play to my strengths. Look forward to sharing my approach with you.’ – Kit De Waal

As part of our wider effort to increase participation in the arts, concessionary places are available for this course.

Cost:£85 (£42.50 concessions)



9.45am Welcome from the Arvon host

10-12.30pm Workshop One

12.30-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-3pm Workshop Two

3.15-4.15pm Agent/editor/guest speaker session

4.45-5.45pm Final Q&A surgery session



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