Masterclass: Exercises from a Writing Life

Masterclass: Exercises from a Writing Life

Zoom Masterclass with Mark Haddon
  • Black and white photo of Mark Haddon in garden.
    Mark Haddon
Date Tuesday March 28th 2023, 19:00 - 21:00 BST
Location Online

If you are keen to start a practice of sustained writing, this Masterclass will give you prompts, exercises and all that you need to get started and hopefully keep going. Critically acclaimed tutor Mark Haddon will share how he came to write some of his own novels and short stories using photographs, notebooks, plans and pictures. He’ll be discussing some of the discoveries and moments of realisation which made these novels and short stories possible, and explaining some of the techniques and ideas which he relies on, day-to-day, when he’s writing. You’ll be invited to have a go at a number of exercises drawing inspiration from the examples Mark has shared. You’ll have the chance to plant some creative seeds which will hopefully continue to grow long after the class has finished.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (19:00-21:00), 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: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of 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
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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