Arvon at Home Writing Week: Autofiction

Writing Creative Selves

Monday February 21st - Friday February 25th 2022, 16:30 GMT

Online

Autofiction is not memoir or personal essay, nor is it fiction. An open and ambiguous genre, autofiction may not always be ‘honest’, but it is true. Apparently recent, with an unexpectedly long history, autofiction offers ways to write about personal experience that transcend the limitations of traditional memoir, questioning the politics of the genres of biography and autobiography, as well as the ‘fiction’ and ‘nonfiction’ shelfmarks in bookshops and libraries. On this online course with Joanna Walsh and Susan Tomaselli, discover some of the methods of writers who have staged events from their own lives using dramatic or playful techniques borrowed from other genres to create new forms, and experiment with writing your own experiences from a variety of different angles. Exploring a variety of literary and non-literary methods of self-creation, from diaries to selfies, find fresh and fruitful ways to tell your own story.


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.

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 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.

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

Dates: Monday 21st February 16.30  — Friday 25th February 20:00
Cost: £400 (concession: £200)

COURSE TUTORS

I had the chance to speak with two well respected tutors about my work. Being able to do this in one-to-one tutorials was excellent and not reduced in any way by being on Zoom. A good chance for some very good advice. I am now determined to set to work on my writing.

—Writing Week Participant

What a lovely week—worked so well. It’s not the Hurst, but something different and equally special.

—Writing Week Participant

Monday

14.00—14.30: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the week, technology support, and some ideas for making your writing ‘cocoon’. You’ll get to meet everyone, ask questions, and settle in. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise. There’s likely to be some homework for tomorrow morning

Tuesday

10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.00 – 16.15: 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.

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub- 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. Pets, children and partners welcome.

 

Wednesday

10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.00 – 16.15: 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.

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub- 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. Pets, children and partners welcome.

18.00—19.00: Tutor readings: both tutors read and speak about their work, followed by a Q&A hosted by your Arvon host.

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19.15-20.15: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading—you get a free ticket to this.

Thursday

10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.00 – 16.15: 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.

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub- 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. Pets, children and partners welcome.

18.00—19.00: An evening session, the theme of which will be decided nearer the time by your tutors

Friday

10.00-12.45: Morning workshop

16.00-17.30: 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.

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub (optional)

 

 

And then...

Next steps: 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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