Arvon Live & Quay Words: Life-Writing Day

Arvon Live & Quay Words: Life-Writing Day

A day of Masterclasses and conversation with memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink and publisher Francesca Main
  • Cathy Rentzenbrink Writing Tutor Life Writing
    Cathy Rentzenbrink
    Francesca Main
Date Saturday October 29th 2022
Location Other

Do you have a life writing project that needs attention? Perhaps you need some technical help, are nervous about committing life to the page, or curious about navigating the industry in general? Join bestselling writer Cathy Rentzenbrink and publisher Francesca Main for an intensive ‘Arvon in a day’ creative writing course focusing on memoir and writing from life.

Brought to you in partnership with the brilliant Quay Words, this day of Masterclasses will get you writing in a supportive and friendly atmosphere and leave you full of knowledge and ideas, with a plan of how to carry on with your book.  The day will include two intense and interactive workshops with Cathy and Francesca which will be designed to generate new work as well as to reinvigorate your current project, followed by an ‘in conversation’ with Cathy and Francesca and a Q&A session at the end of the day when you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your own work. Writers of all experience levels are welcome!

Please note: This Arvon Life-Writing Day in partnership with Quay Words will take place at Exeter Custom House from 10:00 to 16:45. See access  tab to learn more about the venue.

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Price: £75

Concession price: £37.50

Concessions apply if you are: in receipt of universal credit, in receipt of pension credit, a full time student, full time carer, disabled or in receipt of Personal Independence Payment.

Access inside the Custom House

Events take place in historic rooms on the first floor of the building. There is step-free entry to the ground floor and a lift connects the ground and first floors. If you have particular access requirements please phone or email the Custom House Visitor Centre in advance of your visit. Visit the website here.

Disabled parking provision
There are five free disabled parking spaces for registered Blue Badge holders next to the Exeter Antiques Centre immediately in front of the Custom House. Maximum stay is three hours.

How to get there

The Custom House, 46 The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AN


This course was so inspiring, we covered so much ground in a short amount of time.
— Arvon Live Participant
There's nothing quite like an Arvon course: that feeling of learning, of discovering new things about yourself and the people you meet along the way.
— Arvon Live Participant
It was great to meet other writers and forge connections. It was insightful to hear directly from established authors and poets about their practice and influences in an approachable and intimate space.
— Arvon Live Participant

Arvon Live Writing Day Timetable

Schedule for 29 October, 2022

10.20: Welcome from the Arvon host

10.30 -12.30: Workshop One (2 hrs including 15 min break)

12.30 -13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.30: Workshop Two (2 hrs including 15 min break)

15.30-16.00: Break

16.00-16.45: Cathy and Francesca in conversation & final Q&A surgery session



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