Fiction: Work-in-Progress

Stuck in the middle

Monday November 18th - Saturday November 23rd 2019

Lumb Bank

Inspiration is harder to come by in the middle of writing a novel than at the beginning or the end. What about that point about 40,000 words in, when the writer’s enthusiasm starts to flag? This course is aimed at anyone who has a piece of fiction underway. We’ll explore techniques to do with character development, style, structure and pacing to help you create a satisfying and distinctive work that will hold a reader’s interest throughout. Participants are invited to submit up to 2,000 words of a work-in-progress, to be sent to lumbbank@arvon.org by 18 October 2019.

Single room price: £795

Shared room price: £745

Grants are available to help with the course fee

COURSE TUTORS

Lumb Bank

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Monday

Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

Tuesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Wednesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Thursday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

Friday

Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

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