Masterclass: Character-driven Fiction

Masterclass: Character-driven Fiction

Characters that stir and inspire
  • Matt Cain
Date Tuesday January 16th 2024, 19:00-21:00 GMT
Location Online

Matt Cain will reveal the craft behind his bestselling ‘uplit’ novels The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle and Becoming Ted. With a combination of writing exercises and discussion via the chatbox, he’ll help you create authentic and engaging characters who are caught up in tightly-paced plots.

Matt’s aim as a writer isn’t just to move his readers but to leave them feeling galvanized to change their own lives – and he’ll show you how to do this. Matt will also draw on his background as an award-winning journalist to teach you how to edit and structure your work. And he’ll share tips for honing any presentation or pitch of your work – as well as preparing you for the inevitable criticism and rejection.

Please note this course is for everyone but may be of extra interest to those wanting to write minority stories that have mainstream appeal.

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.

We are committed to making our Arvon at Home programme accessible to as many people as possible.

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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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