Arvon at Home Writing Week: Memoir

Writing From The Head and The Heart

Monday April 4th - Friday April 8th 2022, 13:30 GMT

Online

Writing from life is ‘heart work’ – the term used by essayist Melissa Febos to encompass the emotional impulse and labour involved; but it is also head work: disciplined, structured, consciously crafted storytelling. Over our week together we’ll look at both aspects of the craft. How do you turn your experiences and observations into strong narrative? How do you write the self while simultaneously getting yourself ‘out of the way’? How do you create a believable setting for your story and evoke a sense of place? And how do you find the right form for your material: is it memoir, auto-fiction, reportage or essay writing?


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 4th April 13:30  — Friday 8th April 18:30
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

1.30pm

Tutors and Arvon hosts meet in the workshop room to iron out any final details or tech queries

2pm-2.30pm

Welcome talk & ice breaker – Arvon host welcomes everyone and invites each person (tutors included) to introduce themselves and gives them a chance to pass on any information they feel would be helpful for the group to know. Reminder of timetable for the week.

2.30-3pm

Tutors first session

3-3.10pm

Break (can include a writing exercise)

3.10-4pm

Tutors first session continued (includes or ends with the setting of a writing exercise).

5.30pm

Optional social [minus tutors]– share your exercise with each other or

bring a book/something that has profoundly influenced you / a book in a style

similar to yours (the kind of writing you’d like to do)

Tuesday

10-12.45pm

Workshop (3 x 45min sessions with breaks between)

2-4.15pm

Tutorials (4 x 30 minute tutorials with break)

5.30pm

Optional social [minus tutors]

6-7pm

Tutor readings

Wednesday

10-12.45pm

Workshop (3 x 45min sessions with breaks between)

2- 4.15pm

Tutorials (4 x 30 minute tutorials with break)

5.30pm

Optional social [minus tutors] .

7.15-8.15pm

Wednesday guest reading

Thursday

10-12.45pm

Workshop (3 x 45min sessions with breaks between)

2-4.15pm

Tutorials (4 x 30 minute tutorials with break)

5.30pm

Optional social [minus tutors] .

6-7pm

Covers night / industry session

Friday

10-12.45pm

Workshop (3 x 45min sessions with breaks between)

4-5.30pm

Group sharing

5.30pm

Optional social [minus tutors] .

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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