Masterclass: Fictional Families

Masterclass: Fictional Families

Understanding character and inspiring plot
  • Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Date Friday June 14th 2024, 11:00-13:00 BST
Location Online

Award-winning novelist Rowan Hisayo Buchanan will lead this masterclass on writing family relationships in fiction. You will explore examples from published work before delving into a series of writing exercises designed to build the relationship between two characters within a family. You will consider their individual personalities, the ways in which – like trees growing closely in a wood – they have shaped each other’s growth, and how such a relationship might become the food for plot.

This class is suitable for writers honing existing projects and, equally, for those in the early stages of developing their work.

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
"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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