Masterclass: Effective Research and Reporting | Using the tools of journalism to create compelling non-fiction | Arvon
Masterclass: Effective Research and Reporting

Masterclass: Effective Research and Reporting

Using the tools of journalism to create compelling non-fiction
  • Sam Knight
Date Friday October 4th 2024, 11:00-13:00 BST
Location Online

Join Sam Knight, a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of The Premonitions Bureau, to talk about research and reporting techniques to help realise and enrich the world of your non-fiction project. The masterclass will be useful for writers exploring contemporary subjects or the recent past and will show how the tools of journalism — interviews, note-taking and imaginative research — can be used to deepen and enliven your prose. It will be an interactive session, with writing extracts to discuss, exercises to help you map your research process, tips to restart you if you’re stuck, and new ways of thinking about how to integrate your reporting into a compelling and original draft.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar, so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £40

Concessions: £20

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
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— Masterclass participant



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